(Dis)placed: Indigenous Youth and the Child Welfare System
Catalogue Number: 210000
Producer: Melisa Brittain
Subject: Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Current Events, Documentary, First Nations Studies, Guidance, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Psychology, Social Issues, Social Studies, Sociology
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2017
Running Time: 42
Closed Captions: Yes
Canada’s colonial practice of forcibly removing Indigenous children from their families did not end with the closing of Indian residential schools. It continues today in the form of provincial and territorial child welfare systems, which remove Indigenous children and youth at alarmingly high rates.
This film features the voices of Indigenous youth as they reflect on their prior involvement with child welfare and share their multiple strategies of resistance to assimilation and state control. Adding to these insights, First Nations child advocate Cindy Blackstock traces the term ‘neglect’, the main rationale for child welfare removals, to its roots in the residential school system, and points to laws that codify structural discrimination, the leading cause of child welfare (dis)placements.
With Tyler Blackface, Cindy Blackstock, Tia Ledesma, Brianna Olsen and Donovan Waskahat.
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