(Dis)placed: Indigenous Youth and the Child Welfare System - Learning Guide for Professionals Working with Children and Youth

This free teaching guide for professionals working with children and youth is designed to accompany the documentary film (Dis)placed: Indigenous Youth and the Child Welfare System. The 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. Divided into four main sections, the guide provides crucial background information in the following areas: 

  • the connections between Canada's colonial history and the ongoing inequities and discrimination that have led to the alarmingly high numbers of Indigenous children in the child welfare system;
  • the importance of cultural continuity for Indigenous child well-being;
  • the practice of moral courage in child welfare settings;
  • and how to take action towards social justice for Indigenous children in solidarity with Indigenous communities.

Each section includes activities and discussion questions, making it ideal for running workshops for professionals. It can also be easily adapted for less formal group or individual learning experiences. The guide’s references and additional resources sections provide learners with links to hundreds of additional sources to help them more easily expand their knowledge beyond the content of the film and the learning guide.


Melisa Brittain and Sarah Auger with Kayla Das

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