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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Stevenson on 1978 US Indian Child Welfare Act and Politicization of First Nations in Saskatchewan
An intriguingly transnational look at law, society and first nations activism:
American Indian Quarterly
Winter/Spring2013, Vol. 37 Issue 1/2,
Vibrations across a Continent: The 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act and the Politicization of First Nations Leaders in Saskatchewan."
Here's the abstract:
The article discusses the impact of the U.S. Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978 on the political, cultural, and legal discourses surrounding aboriginal children in Saskatchewan's child welfare system. Particular focus is given to debates over transracial adoption. According to the author, the ICWA provided First Nations leaders with a framework for their activism on child welfare jurisdiction. Details on the roles of gender and racial discrimination in child welfare policies and practices are presented. Other topics include the Canadian Indian Act of 1876, self-government movements among First Nations peoples, and the Saskatchewan activist group known as the Peyakowak Committee.
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