“Indigenous peoples are in the best position to make decisions that affect Indigenous children, youth, families, and communities.” — Blackstock, Cross, George, Brown & Formsma, 2006, p.9
In Self-Determination Part 1, panelists delved into the legal and legislative aspects of Indigenous communities asserting jurisdiction over child welfare. In this session, panelists will speak to their unique experiences of redesigning child welfare systems and/or creating programs that honor and uplift cultures, languages, and traditions of their respective communities and Nations.
This dialogue is the fourth in a seven-part, bi-monthly, dialogue series inviting Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples from the United States and Canada to actively engage in conversations about the five principles that are the foundation of the Touchstones of Hope: self-determination, holistic approach, culture and language, structural interventions, and non-discrimination. The dialogues will explore topics related to the Touchstones principles and how these principles can be applied in the reform of child welfare.