Extended Conversations: Understanding Overrepresentation:
Indigenous Youth and Child Welfare in Canada
Monday, March 12, 2018
Room 320, Student Lounge
Indigenous children continue to be vastly over-represented in the child welfare system in this country, despite the fact that they make up less than 4% of the population. Recently, this has been highlighted by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal which ruled that Canada was racially discriminating against 163,000 Indigenous children and families by chronically underfunding child welfare on reserves, as well as the most recent emergency meeting called by the government to address the over-representation of Indigenous youth in child welfare in what they labeled as a “humanitarian crisis”.
This extended conversation will look at historical and modern day factors that contribute to this ongoing issue facing our Indigenous communities. Participants will preview a film entitled (Dis)placed: Indigenous youth and the Child Welfare System, a documentary by the First Nation Caring Society featuring University of Toronto Alumni Cindy Blackstock and current MSW-ITR student Brianna Olson. This extended conversation will leave students with practical considerations and call to actions for their ongoing practice.