An inquiry into the stories of First Nations Fathers and their path to Fatherhood: a narrative analysis conducted with Kwakwaka’wakw Fathers




Johnston, Tanille

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The purpose of this thesis is to contribute to the other works that have been done in the area of Fatherhood in hopes to cause a shift in child welfare practice. Moving child welfare away from mother-centrism, and towards equitable parent involvement. It is my hope that this piece encourages social workers to strive for the inclusion of Fathers in their daily practice and to hold themselves to a high level of accountability in regards to the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s (MCFD) goal of supporting all children and youth in British Columbia to live in safe, healthy, and nurturing families. (MCFD, February 2018) This thesis is a qualitative study which was approached using a Storytelling methodology to answer the question “What reflections do Kwakwaka'wakw Fathers have when asked about their journey of coming into Fatherhood?”. Three conversations were held with Kwakwaka’wakw Fathers to listen to their stories of their experiences along their paths of Fatherhood. Thematic analysis was used to highlight commonalities within each of the Father’s stories. These themes were used to look at the various challenges that Kwakwaka’wakw Fathers face today and to create recommendations for social workers when their files were involving Kwakwaka’wakw Fathers. Through the support of a literature review, this thesis concludes with looking at what a Kwakwaka’wakw Father is and makes recommendations for change for the future work between frontline social workers at MCFD and our Kwakwaka’wakw Fathers.



Liǥwilda’x̱w, Kwakwaka’waka, Father, First Nation, Protective Factor, Child Welfare