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Indigenous play on Sixties Scoop gets another run in Vancouver

Indigenous play on Sixties Scoop gets another run in Vancouver
From CBC - November 14, 2017

Two decades afterits first B.C. run, Only Drunks and Children Tell The Truthreturns to Vancouver.

Written by Indigenous playwright, Drew Hayden Taylor, the production focuses on an Indigenous family picking up the pieces following the Sixties Scoop:theperiod from 1965 to 1984 when thousands of Indigenous children were sent for adoption away from their homes.

The plot follows Janice, a girl who was adopted by a white family. Her birth sister, Barb, confronts her and brings her back to the reserve where she was born.

"It's a pretty important story I think for all of us," said directorColumpa Bobb, a veteran of the play's original run.

Although the play debuted in the 1990s, Bobb says its themes of reconcilliation and cultural dissonance are still relevant today.

"I think it's really important for the audience to be delicately disturbed by the fact that this play is dated and yet the story is not only timely, but is critical to our experience right now," Bobb told On the Coast host Stephen Quinn.

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