Tonight at the Albert-Scott Community Centre (1264 Athol St.) there’s an advance screening of this CBC documentary by Geoff Leo that looks at the absence of roughly half of aboriginal fathers from their children’s lives and the negative impact this has on the children’s growth and development.

The documentary also examines the root cause of this breakdown in family harmony — specifically, the harm caused by Canadian colonialist policies that greatly disrupted the ability of successive generations of young aboriginal men and women to learn good parenting skills from their own parents and grandparents.

The screening will be held at 7 p.m. It will be followed by an open discussion with Leo and Nick Helliwell of Healing Heart Ministries Men’s Group. 

The documentary itself will screen on the CBC News Network on Saturday Jan. 14 at 9 p.m. and midnight CST. Here’s a link to the trailer.