Aski Awasis/Children of the Earth: First Peoples Speaking on Adoption

SKU: 9781552663400

Jeannine Carriere
Grade Levels:
College, University
Cree, Metis, Plains
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Aski Awasis / Children of the Earth: First Peoples Speaking on Adoption examines the long and contentious history of adoption of Aboriginal children into non-Aboriginal families in Canada. Life stories told by First Nations people reveal that the adoption experience has been far from positive for these communities and has, in fact, been an integral aspect of colonization. In an effort to decolonize adoption practices, the Yellowhead Tribal Services Agency (YTSA) in Alberta has integrated customary First Peoples’ adoption practices with provincial adoption laws and regulations. Introducing this unique agency, the authors outline the history of First Nations adoptions and, through an interview with a YTSA Elder, describe the adoption ceremonies offered at YTSA. Themes that emerged from interviews with adoptive parents and youth who have been adopted through this new integrated practice are also explored, and important recommendations for policy and practice in First Nations adoption are offered. Topics include Identity and Indigenous Children; Adoption and Aboriginal Children; Colonization and Residential schools; Yellowhead Tribal Services Agency Open Custom Adoption; Teachings from Late Elder Bluestone Yellowface; Sixties scoop; and Family Oral traditions and Stories about Adoption.

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