A Critical Survey of the History of Indigenous Child Welfare in Canada (INDG 256.3)

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Syllabus / Public content Section Term Instructor
INDG 256 86 September 2018
INDG 256 E95 September 2018
INDG 256 86 September 2017
INDG 256 E94 January 2017
INDG 256 02 January 2016
INDG 256 E94 January 2016


This course will examine the development and practice of Aboriginal Child Welfare in Canada from historic to contemporary times. Within a framework of examining the issue of Aboriginal control of child welfare as a right within the inherent right of self-government, major themes and concepts to be explored will include the ?best interests of the child and Western liberal individual rights principles,? ?rights of the First Nations child,? ?over-representation? issues and challenges faced by First Nations controlled Family and Child Services. Additional areas of ?child welfare? will also be examined. It will also consider critical/Indigenous perspective related to central themes, discourses and concepts within Aboriginal Child Welfare policy and practice. The course format includes lectures, readings, case studies, guest speakers, film and research.


Students with credit for NS 298.3 A Critical Survey of the History of Indigenous Child Welfare in Canada or NS 256 may not take this course for credit. This course was labeled NS 256 until 2015.


NS 107.3 or INDG 107.3 and 3 additional credit units from ANTH, ARCH, ECON, GEOG, INDG, LING, NS, POLS, PSY, SOC, or WGST

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