Aboriginal Child Welfare

This section contains material related to Aboriginal child welfare. Canada has a decentralized child welfare system that consists of 13 Canadian provincial and territorial child welfare systems. In addition, there exist Métis, First Nations and urban Aboriginal child and family service agencies that are to varying degrees affected by federal policies and funding models. Most commonly, Aboriginal child welfare agencies have signed agreements with either the federal or both the federal and provincial governments that authorizes them to provide the full range of child protection services and receive federal funding to do so. For more information about First Nations child welfare, see Kiskisik Awasisak: Remember the Children. Understanding the Overrepresentation of First Nations Children in the Child Welfare System.

For information on the First Nations human rights complaint case against the federal government for under-funding child welfare services on-reserve: www.fnwitness.ca

Title Authors Year Type of Publicationsort icon
Putting a Human Face on Child Welfare: Voices from the Prairie

Brown, Ivan
Chaze, Ferzana
Fuchs, Don
Lafrance, Jean
McKay, Sharon
Prokop, Shelley Thomas

2007 Book
Passion for Action in Child and Family Services: Voices from the Prairies

McKay, Sharon
Fuchs, Don
Brown, Ivan

2009 Book
Walking this path together: Anti-racist and anti-oppressive practice in child welfare

Carriere, Jeannine
Strega, Susan

2015 Book
Research-Community Partnerships in Child Welfare

Léveillé, Sophie
Trocmé, Nico
Brown, Ivan
Chamberland, Claire

2011 Book
Aboriginal Peoples Survey 2001 - non-reserve Aboriginal Population initial findings: Well-being of the non-reserve Aboriginal Population

O'Donnell, Vivian
Tait, Heather

2003 Report
Factors that Contribute to Positive Outcomes in the Awasis Pimicikamak Cree Nation Kinship Care Program

Wright, Alexandra
Hiebert-Murphy, Diane
Mirwaldt, Janet
Muswaggon, George

2006 Report
Children in Care in Canada: A summary of current issues and trends with recommendations for future research

Farris-Manning, Cheryl
Zandstra, Marietta

2003 Report
Mesnmimk Wasatek: Catching a Drop of Light. Understanding the Overrepresentation of First Nations Children in Canada’s Child Welfare System: An Analysis of the Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (FNCIS-2003)

Nico Trocmé
Bruce MacLaurin
Barbara Fallon
Della Knoke
Lisa Pitman
Megan McCormack

2005 Report
Leadership Development Forums in Aboriginal Child Welfare: Making our Hearts Sing in Alberta

Lafrance, Jean
Bastien, Betty
Bodor, Ralph
Ayala, Jessica

2006 Report
Reconciliation in Child Welfare: Touchstones of Hope for Indigenous Children, Youth, and Families

Blackstock, Cindy
Cross, Terry
George, John
Brown, Ivan
Formsma, Jocelyn

2006 Report