Restorative Approaches to Urban Aboriginal Child Welfare

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Vancouver Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society
After 2 years of collaborative, applied research in the context of ongoing practice based learning with the Vancouver Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society (VACFSS), IICRD is currently drafting a paper entitled

Restorative Approaches to Urban Aboriginal Child Welfare: Strengthening Our Practice (SOP) within Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Service Society (VACFSS).
Strengthening Our Practice (SOP) highlights the distinct need for an urban approach to a strengths-based aboriginal child welfare. SOP particularly seeks to fill a practice in niche in building on Knowledge Keeper wisdom to develop approaches to VACFSS practice that are in keeping with current child welfare legislation, while building on the traditional healing capacities of Aboriginal peoples and supporting aboriginal children’s rights. This represents a road less traveled with important future lessons to be learned and shared in support of Indigenous peoples sovereignty of care for their children and families.