Le système de placement d'enfants autochtones au Canada / Researching the Indigenous Child Removal System in Canada
In this engaging keynote, Dr. Sinclair draws upon her own experience as a survivor of the Sixties Scoop in Canada in order to illustrate how the Indigenous child removal apparatus operates in Canada. She will discuss how generations of residential schools and disastrous socio-economic conditions often warranted child welfare involvement, however, the statistics for Indigenous children in care are so disproportionate that we are called to examine key factors that have created and sustain the system. Dr. Sinclair’s research directs our attention to areas that warrant close examination, including how legislation and policies, legal decision-making, social worker decision-making, and authority/power contribute to ongoing Indigenous child removals from families and culture. Dr. Sinclair will provide recommendations for child welfare reform.