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Canada, Provincial and Federal - Policy & Legislative Action for Change for Child and Family Services


Many of the problems associated with child abuse and child neglect in communities are directly related to experience of colonization. Indigenous peoples in different countries and communities have experienced the same common negative impacts. In Canadian Context there should be more tangible actions toward concrete legislative reform that transfers real authority for children and families well-being to the Indigenous communities; rather than the continuum of authoritative policies and legislative assimilation and replace with equal and healthier partnerships building our communities up and keeping our families together. This is widely considered to be important to the long term empowerment of Indigenous Peoples and a basis for the development of a more effective support system. Family is a fundamental social group in society, typically consisting of one or two parents and their child or children, whereby such group constitutes of members of a household under one roof; sharing a common ancestry, common values, common determination, and most importantly common beliefs. Which makes family the most sacred and most fundamental institution in any given society, community or nation and country. Therefore, such a vital institution must be protected at all cost by our government and civil society. In other terms; such protection must be accomplished through specific legislation and institutionalization. The United Nations Convention on the rights of the Child is an International Convention setting forth the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of children. Nations that ratify this international convention are bound by international law for its implementation at the local or national level. The convention deals with child specific rights, and requires that countries take action in the best interest of the child. This approach is different from the common law approach found in many countries; that have treated children and wives as possessions. The Convention obliges countries and nations to allow parents to exercise their parental responsibilities. Thus, in order for parents to exercise their parental responsibilities they must play their active role and be part of their children’s lives and upbringing. In the same spirit, children must be protected from any and from all forms of punishment and all other cruel treatment or degrading forms of abuse. How child abuse and child neglect are conceptualized and defined? As can be seen from the following categories, the dominant perspective for understanding child abuse and neglect locate the cause of child maltreatment within a personal a societal model. Sexual Abuse; physical injury inflicted upon a child, Emotional Abuse, significant emotional and deprivation or trauma. Physical Abuse: physical injury inflicted upon a child. Child Neglect: Failure to provide conditions that are essential for the health, physical, and emotional development of a child. Spiritual Abuse: Engaged deliberately in action to deprive the child from his/her biological parents and communities of spiritual and cultural ceremonies or beliefs. The roles that parents play in the lives of their children should not become alienated, because it is at the stage of child development that children and parents develop solid and fundamental family bonds. The child and family bonds are sacred that cannot be replaced or substituted. We stand in uniformity to ask British Columbia and Canada to respect and recognize Indigenous children, their culture, traditions, language, family and ethnic identity and our basic fundamental freedom under United Nations. We ask Canada to engage in legislative changes for identifying problems and work toward solutions that determine our children’s future. Let us agree to remove harmful policies and legislative acts that pose harm on Indigenous Children and Families nationwide for Reconciliation and Unity in Agreement that Indigenous Children have suffered under Colonial Laws that Harm our Families rather than Protect. Let us Engage in Real Solutions.


Sharon Swusth'us

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Campaigning for Indigenous Children's Rights Canada under United Nations Convention on Children's Rights and the conceptualization of the Institution of Family in Canada; we engage in solutions...

Campaigning for Indigenous Children's Rights Canada under United Nations Convention on Children's Rights and the conceptualization of the Institution of Family in Canada; we engage in solutions for change and reconciliation with Canada. Give our Children Back. 

We embrace all nations and communities engaging for change, and their right to family and dignity! Every child has the Right to Legislative Protection; every children has the right to protection and safety, every child has the right to be with family within their own communities and nation!


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