"A $3.05 billion class action lawsuit has been filed against the federal government for discriminating against First Nations children by "systematically" underfunding on-reserve child welfare services," according to this article from CBC News in Canada.
Jennifer Ma, Barbara Fallon, Kenn Richard - Child Abuse & Neglect8 Feb 2019
The objectives of this article are to: 1) estimate the rate of overrepresentation of First Nations children and youth involved in child welfare investigations in the Ontario child welfare system and, 2) determine which factors drive the overrepresentation of First Nations children in child welfare at the investigation stage compared to White children.
Sarah S. Mayer - Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma7 Feb 2019
Despite limited research on the effectiveness of mind-body interventions with children and adolescents in out-of-home care in Canada, a review of available literature on mindfulness, arts-based methods, and yoga suggests these therapeutic interventions promote resilience and positive development.
"In the Cowichan Valley, a growing network of mothers, advocates, midwives, doctors and elected officials is trying to take a different approach to address the ‘humanitarian crisis’ of Indigenous kids in care" in British Columbia, Canada, says this article from the Globe and Mail.
The Premier of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, Scott Moe, has issued an apology to the indigenous communities of the province for "the pain and the sadness" experienced during what is known as the "Sixties Scoop, when "about 20,000 Indigenous children were seized from their birth families and relocated to non-Indigenous homes starting in the 1950s until the late 1980s."
This article from the Tyee highlights a new report with recommendations for supporting foster youth in transitioning to independent living, which was co-researched by 8 youth from care and a a McGill University social work PhD student, Melanie Doucet.
Relationships Matterfor Youth 'Aging Out' of Care is a collaborative photovoice project led by Melanie Doucet, who is a former youth in care, alongside eight former youth in care between the ages of 19 and 29 from the Greater Vancouver area.