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The aboriginal justice inquiry-child welfare initiative in manitoba: a study of the process and outcomes for Indigenous families and communities from a front line perspective

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dc.contributor.author Gosek, Gwendolyn M
dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-22T21:49:24Z
dc.date.available 2017-12-22T21:49:24Z
dc.date.copyright 2017 en_US
dc.date.issued 2017-12-22
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/8924
dc.description.abstract As the number of Indigenous children and youth in the care of Manitoba child welfare steadily increases, so do the questions and public debates. The loss of children from Indigenous communities due to residential schools and later on, to child welfare, has been occurring for well over a century and Indigenous people have been continuously grieving and protesting this forced removal of their children. In 1999, when the Manitoba government announced their intention to work with Indigenous peoples to expand off-reserve child welfare jurisdiction for First Nations, establish a provincial Métis mandate and restructure the existing child care system through legislative and other changes, Indigenous people across the province celebrated it as an opportunity for meaningful change for families and communities. The restructuring was to be accomplished through the Aboriginal Justice Initiative-Child Welfare Initiative (AJI-CWI). Undoubtedly, more than a decade later, many changes have been made to the child welfare system but children are still been taken into care at even higher rates than before the changes brought about by the AJI-CWI. In order to develop an understanding of what has occurred as a result of the AJI-CWI process, this study reached out to child welfare workers who had worked in the system before, during and after the process was put in place. Using a storytelling approach based in an Indigenous methodology, twenty-seven child welfare workers shared how they perceived the benefits, the deficits, the need for improvement and how they observed the role of Indigenous culture within the child welfare context. The stories provide a unique insight into how the changes were implemented and how the storytellers experienced the process, as well as their insights into barriers, disappointments, benefits and recommendations for systemic change.   en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Indigenous child welfare en_US
dc.subject Foster care en_US
dc.subject Devolution of child welfare en_US
dc.subject Manitoba en_US
dc.subject Racism child welfare en_US
dc.subject Poverty and child welfare en_US
dc.subject Indigenous research en_US
dc.subject Storytelling en_US
dc.subject AJI-CWI en_US
dc.subject child welfare and self determination en_US
dc.subject Decolonizing child welfare en_US
dc.title The aboriginal justice inquiry-child welfare initiative in manitoba: a study of the process and outcomes for Indigenous families and communities from a front line perspective en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Brown, Leslie
dc.degree.department School of Social Work en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US


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