Native Children, Child Welfare, and the Colonization of Native People

This collaborative article written by Brad McKenzie and Pete Hudson examines the role of the child welfare system and its interaction with Native people. The authors were the first to recognize the historical significance of colonialism of Native people within the existing Aboriginal child welfare regimes across Canada. The article provides reasoned and theoretical reasons for why so many Aboriginal children have been apprehended and placed in foster care. The article allows readers to reframe their analysis of the causes behind the high number of Aboriginal children in care and the failure of the child welfare system to stem this number or to provide effective homes in which the Aboriginal child need not run the risk of psychological and social isolation and eventual conflict with the law.


McKenzie, B. and P. Hudson

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UBC Press

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Vancouver, BC