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Absent Aboriginal Fathers Struggling to Become Present Parents: CBC Documentary

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An estimated half of aboriginal children will grow up fatherless over the next decade, says this CBC News documentary that focuses on aboriginal fathers and their metamorphosis into attentive parents.

The residential school system destroyed families, and with it fathers' ability to provide the guidance and nurturing that are so essential to children's well-being. This documentary made by Geoff Leo of CBC Saskatchewan will follow three First Nation fathers trying to reverse that trend. They face incredible personal and environmental obstacles in their quest, as shown in Blind Spot: What Happened to Canada's Aboriginal Fathers? that "sheds light on the largely unknown and unstudied issue of fatherlessness in Aboriginal communities in Canada," as the producers say in their introduction.

On Thursday, January 12, CBC Saskatchewan will host a screening in Regina, Saskatchewan, where the documentary was filmed. Free chili and bannock included, plus a discussion with producer Leo and Hick Helliwell, Healing Heart Ministries Men's Group, afterward.

Below is a preview of Blind Spot, set to air on CBC on January 14, 2012.

To read more about aboriginal fatherhood, check out the site of "...with Dad: Strengthening the Circle of Care" at the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, and download a report on the panel that addressed the same issues in February 2011.