(Dis)placed: Indigenous Youth and the Child Welfare System

Melisa Brittain and KingCrip Productions

2017, 42:00 minutes, colour, English, French or English subtitles, Closed Captions


Canada’s colonial practice of forcibly removing Indigenous children from their families did not end with the closing of Indian residential schools. It continues today in the form of provincial and territorial child welfare systems, which remove Indigenous children and youth at alarmingly high rates.

This film features the voices of Indigenous youth as they reflect on their prior involvement with child welfare and share their multiple strategies of resistance to assimilation and state control. Adding to these insights, First Nations child advocate Cindy Blackstock traces the term ‘neglect’, the main rationale for child welfare removals, to its roots in the residential school system, and points to laws that codify structural discrimination, the leading cause of child welfare (dis)placements.

(Dis)placed was shot and edited over two years in collaboration with peer researchers involved in the project “Uncovering Colonial Legacies: Voices of Indigenous Youth in Child Welfare (dis)Placements.” Interviewees guided the direction of the film by providing feedback on edited versions of their own interviews, and by joining others who were part of the original research project, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, in giving feedback on two rough cuts.

Proceeds from purchase and rental of the video go towards touring the film and to non-profit organizations serving Indigenous youth.

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