Indigenous Children and the legacy of colonialism


In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report addressed the overwhelmingly damaging historical legacy of Indigenous residential schools in Canada. With nearly half of the children today in the child and family services system identifying as Indigenous, this colonial legacy remains. It is not surprising then that the first five (of 94) recommendations of the TRC Calls to Action address child welfare, calling upon "federal, provincial, territorial, and aboriginal governments to commit to reducing the number of aboriginal children in care…[and]… to develop culturally appropriate parenting programs for Aboriginal families.” With a reciprocal connection to SRCD significantly strengthened by a Special Topic Meeting along these suggested lines, we can more comprehensively address these issues and their real-world implications.

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What an important topic! Would you see it expanding to include US damage to Indigenous children and communities through boarding schools and other government policies? Plus ongoing interventions that damage Indigenous children’s cultural participation.
Similarly efforts of nonprofit agencies and governmental agencies in Mexico are still undermining Indigenous children’s development and community cultural continuation.