(Dis)placed: Indigenous Youth and the Child Welfare System - Film Screening and Learning Guide Launch

Start Date:11/24/2020

Start Time:11:00 AM MST

Duration:120 minutes


(Dis)placed - Film Screening and Learning Guide Debut!

This webinar features a screening of the film (Dis)placed: Indigenous Youth and the Child Welfare System and a presentation related to the accompanying Learning Guide. The film features the voices of Indigenous youth as they reflect on their prior involvement with the child welfare system and their multiple strategies of resistance to assimilation. The Learning Guide provides the historical and contemporary contexts for the overwhelming number of Indigenous children in the child welfare system, and encourages professionals to identify actions they can take to help end the inequities and ongoing discrimination, and contribute to the thriving of Indigenous children and youth. After a screening of the film, panel members with professional experience in child welfare, post-secondary education and working with Indigenous people directly impacted by the child welfare system will describe how they use the film and learning guide in their practice, and participants will be invited to submit questions to contribute to the discussion. 

Participants: please download a copy of the learning guide prior to the webinar: 

Webinar Key Objectives: 
●       To gain a deeper understanding of the lived experiences of Indigenous children and youth in the child welfare system 
●       To examine the role of the child welfare system in ongoing colonialism and assimilation, and learn how professionals working in the system can become part of the solution
●       To introduce a learning guide for professionals working with Indigenous children and youth
●       To provide participants with ideas about how to use the film and learning guide in their own practice

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Please note the film will NOT be available in the On-Demand version for copyright purposes.

The film will be shown with English Closed Captioning.

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Bernadette Iahtail

Bernadette Iahtail is a registered Social Worker, an advocate, researcher, writer, film producer, and a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Creating Hope Society, a society founded for the survivors of the - The Sixties and Seventies Scoop of Aboriginal Children in Care.

Julie Mann-Johnson, MSW, RSW

Julie Mann-Johnson, MSW, RSW, has been a social worker for 23 years, primarily in various areas of child welfare, from service delivery to assessment, policy and program development. Now, as a member of the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary, she is involved in child welfare practice research and teaching, and she oversees student practicums as the Associate Director of Field Education for Central and Northern Alberta Region.

Melisa Brittain, PhD

Melisa Brittain, PhD (she/her, they/them) is a settler scholar, writer and filmmaker who currently lives on Treaty 6 territory in Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta). Melisa brings a knowledge of colonialism and neo-colonialism in Canada, and a commitment to decolonization and social justice, to their current role as a researcher and educator with the First Nations Children’s Action Research and Education Service (FNCARES) at the University of Alberta. Melisa co-authored First Nations Child Poverty: A Literature Review and Analysis (2015) with Cindy Blackstock, collaborated with Indigenous young people and other community members to make the film (Dis)placed: Indigenous youth and the child welfare system and co-wrote the learning guide for professionals to accompany the film.

Michelle Briegel, M.Ed, Certified CYCC

Michelle Briegel, M.Ed, Certified CYCC is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Child Studies and Social Work at Mount Royal University, and a Certified Child and Youth Care Counsellor. Michelle’s area of specialization is the profession of Child and Youth Care Counsellors, and she is currently the President of the Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta.

Cindy Blackstock , Ph.D.

A member of the Gitxsan First Nation, Cindy is honoured to serve as the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and a professor at McGill University’s School of Social Work. She has over 30 years of experience working in child welfare and Indigenous children’s rights and has published more than 75 articles on topics relating to reconciliation, Indigenous theory, First Nations child welfare and human rights. Cindy was honoured to work with First Nations colleagues on a successful human rights challenge to Canada’s inequitable provision of child and family services and failure to implement Jordan’s Principle. This hard-fought litigation has resulted in hundreds of thousands of services being provided to First Nations children, youth and families. She recently served on the Pan American Health Commission on Health Equity and Inequity and fundamentally believes that culturally-based equity is fundamental to meaningful reconciliation. Cindy is frequently sighted in the company of the Caring Society’s reconciliation Am-bear-rister, Spirit Bear, engaging children in meaningful actions to implement the TRC Calls to Action. Cindy Blackstock, Ph.D. Membre de la Première Nation Gitxsan, Cindy a l’honneur d'occuper le poste de directrice générale de la Société de soutien à l'enfance et à la famille des Premières Nations et d’être professeure à l'École de service social de l'Université McGill. Elle cumule plus de 30 ans d'expérience dans le domaine de la protection de l'enfance et des droits des enfants autochtones et a publié plus de 75 articles sur des sujets liés à la réconciliation, à la pratique du travail social en milieu autochtone, à la protection de l'enfance des Premières Nations et aux droits humains. Cindy a eu l'honneur de travailler avec ses collègues des Premières Nations pour contester, avec succès, l'iniquité en matière de prestation des services à l'enfance et à la famille au Canada ainsi que le non-respect du Principe de Jordan. Ce litige âprement disputé a donné lieu à la prestation de centaines de milliers de services aux enfants, aux jeunes et aux familles des Premières Nations. Elle a récemment siégé à la Pan American Health Commission on Health Equity and Inequity (une commission panaméricaine de la santé sur l'équité et l'iniquité en matière de santé) et croit fondamentalement que l'équité fondée sur la culture est essentielle à une réconciliation significative. Cindy est souvent vue en compagnie de l’ourson Spirit Bear de la Société de soutien, qui se réconcilie avec les enfants en les engageant dans des actions significatives pour mettre en œuvre les appels à l'action de la Commission de vérité et réconciliation (CVR).

Heather Johnson, BSW, BHSc., RSW

Heather Johnson, BSW, BHSc., RSW is humbled to live and work on Treaty 7 Territory in Alberta, which is home to the Blackfoot Confederacy that includes the Siksika, Kainai, and Piikani Nations, as well as the Tsuu T’ina, Iyarhe and Nakota people of the Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley Nations as well as the Metis Nation Region III. Heather has been a social work practitioner for more than 20 years working with high risk youth, in addictions and mental health, open adoption, and is currently working at the Alberta College of Social Workers. Heather is a partner and a mom to three who enjoys volunteering and is committed to ongoing learning about the places of power and privilege she holds in the world.