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Protecting Aboriginal Children

Since the 1980s, bands and tribal councils have developed unique community-based child welfare services to better protect Aboriginal children. Protecting Aboriginal Children explores contemporary approaches to the protection of Aboriginal children through interviews with practising social workers employed at Aboriginal child welfare organizations and the child protection service in British Columbia. It places current practice in a sociohistorical context, describes emerging practice in decolonizing communities, and identifies the effects of political and media controversy on social workers. This is the first book to document emerging practice in Aboriginal communities and describe child protection practice simultaneously from the point of view of the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal social worker.

192 pages

Table of Contents

Foreword / ix

Acknowledgments / xiii

1 Introduction

2 The Historical Context

3 The British Columbia Context

4 A Description of Practice

5 The Sociopolitical Practice Context

6 Organizational Context of Practice

7 The Community Context

8 Visions, Explanations, and Knowledge for Practice

9 Choices for Change

10 Social Representations of Child Protection Practice


1 Note on the Theoretical Framework

2 Note on Methodology



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