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ERIC Number: EJ770997
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
If Reindeer Could Fly: Dreams and Real Solutions for Aboriginal Children
Blackstock, Cindy
Education Canada, v47 n1 p4-8 Win 2006-2007
In this article, the author discusses the real solutions to the problems of Aboriginal children in Canada that seem so numerous--impacts of residential school, poverty, poor housing, racism, and over-representation in child welfare care. These are complex issues, but the author has come to believe that the most promising responses, at least in child welfare, are the simple ones: (1) Redress the deficits in resource access for Aboriginal children and families; (2) Affirm Aboriginal people as the best decision makers for their own children; and (3) Organize national and provincial responses--not as programs but rather around a set of principles called "reconciliation touchstones", self-determination for Aboriginal people, respect for culture and language, structural interventions, holism and non-discrimination. These principles were developed by Indigenous and non Indigenous experts working together at a gathering in the territory of Six Nations of the Grand River in October of 2005 and entitled "Reconciliation in Child Welfare: Touchstones of Hope for Indigenous Children". Rather than presuming to be "the solution", these principles are intended to guide Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people alike in designing and implementing practical local solutions to ensure child safety. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada