Decolonizing First Peoples Child Welfare

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The Routledge International Handbook of Decolonising Justice, 2023, pp. 313-324
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In this chapter, we bring to light the duplicity of colonial governments’ claims to support human rights and equality of First Peoples children in Canada and Australia, while not only perpetuating but defending inequality. In Australia, this is viewed through recent law reforms and in Canada through a human rights challenge. Child protection services remain deeply discriminatory against First Peoples despite apologies, reforms, and claims by colonial governments of commitments to equality, non-discrimination and a reduction of First Peoples in child protection systems. This chapter presents the continuity in claims by First Peoples to self-determination in child protection, the diverse forms of resistance to colonial violence and how these challenge the deep-seated colonial values within Australian and Canadian child protection systems.
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