Shania Twain Narrates Documentary on Indigenous Children in Canadian Foster Care
Watch the trailer for the Matt Smiley-directed film 'For Love'
Published Sep 17, 2021The latest project from the Timmins, ON-born first lady of Canada and musical icon Shania Twain sees her lending her vocal talents to the narration of For Love — a documentary about the overrepresentation of Indigenous children in the Canadian foster care system.
Directed by Matt Smiley and co-produced by Mary Teegee of Carrier Sekani Family Services (whose prior 2015 collaboration Highway of Tears brought the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls into public dialogue), the film was made in collaboration with numerous First Nations, Métis and Inuit partners. Activist Cindy Blackstock served as executive producer and former prime minister and Indigenous rights advocate Paul Martin also participated in the making of For Love.
Twain has been a longtime advocate for children's rights through her Shania Kids Can Foundation, which supports impoverished school-age children. With the discovery of 215 children's remains discovered on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, BC, by the Tk'emlúps te Secwepemc First Nation back in May, Canada's forced assimilation policies have been thrust into the international spotlight. The number of children's remains discovered in unmarked graves has since risen well above an estimated 1,000 [via APTN].
Watch the trailer for For Love below ahead of its September 30 debut at the Vancouver Convention Centre, with a private ceremony and screening in honour of Truth and Reconciliation Day.
Twain presented at the 50th anniversary Juno Awards ceremony in June.