JSGS/IPHRC Public Workshop ~ Children as Citizens: The Child Welfare System and Indigenous Peoples

Dr. Caroline Tait, Department of Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan and Raymond Shingoose, Yorkton Tribal Council, Child and Family Services Inc.

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Start Time: 9:00 AM - End Time: 4:30 PM

Campus:University of Regina campus
Regina Location:Quebec/Ontario Rooms, Conexus Arts Centre, 200A Lakeshore Drive
Description:Our purpose is to inform the everyday work of policy maker and practitioners to improve the lives of Indigenous children living in Saskatchewan. For decades, First Nations and M├ętis children have been overrepresented in child welfare systems across Canada. Despite research, reviews, and recommendations, this trend continues. While Indigenous children come into the care of child welfare for a variety of reasons, often the primary reasons are poverty, parental mental health and addictions, and poor housing. Once in care, it is assumed that Indigenous children are in a safer place and their needs are met; however, research indicates that for Indigenous children, being involved with the child welfare system can directly contribute to negative health and social outcomes at an early age and throughout their lifetimes, further creating intergenerational trauma.

The session seeks to be provocative and thoughtful, questioning what is taken for granted in our current policies and practices that might be placing Indigenous children at further risk, while creating a respectful environment for questions and dialogue for workshop participants.
Cost:Early Bird:$395 (plus GST) until March 31, 2014
 Regular:$450 (plus GST) after March 31, 2014
Contact:Janelle Coleman
(306) 585-5862

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