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Nancy Macdonald, Joan Glode & Fred Wien

In: Handbook for Working with Children and Youth: Pathways to Resilience across Cultures and Contexts

Chapter 22: Respecting Aboriginal Families: Pathways to Resilience in Custom Adoption and Family Group Conferencing

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Respecting Aboriginal Families: Pathways to Resilience in Custom Adoption and Family Group Conferencing
Respecting aboriginal families: Pathways to resilience in custom adoption and family group conferencing
NancyMacdonaldJoanGlodeFredWien

Even a cursory examination of the history of relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada reveals a pattern of external control of virtually all aspects of Aboriginal life. This includes the imposition of mainstream approaches in many spheres of life, from governance to health education, under the guise of racial superiority and attempts at cultural assimilation. These patterns are especially evident with respect to family and child welfare practices. These practices have long and oppressive histories and continue today. We will examine these practices in an attempt to understand the structural conditions necessary for resilience to emerge among Aboriginal ...

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