8th Annual Storytellers Gala

8th Annual Storytellers Gala

Join the TRUSU Equity Committee as we host the 8th Annual Storytellers Gala discussing the issue of Aboriginal Youth in Care. Discriminatory practices against Aboriginal peoples in the child welfare and family law systems are endemic with more than three times the number of Aboriginal children being placed in state care today than at the height of residential school operations.[1]

Speakers include Kukpi7 (Chief) Wayne M. Christian of the Splatsin First Nation, TRU Social Work and Human Services Assistant Professor Natalie Clark, former Chief Fred Frederick Alec, and Aboriginal Students’ Representative James-Dean Alec. Learn from our  panel as they describe:

  1. How Aboriginal children are so over-represented in the child welfare and family law systems
  2. The hugely negative impacts that this over-representation has on Aboriginal children and communities
  3. What we can do to fix this system and provide Aboriginal children with the safe, nurturing, and enriching environment that they deserve

The event will begin at 6 pm on November 17, 2016 in the TRUSU Lecture Hall. The event will include a discussion by our student, faculty, and community panel and a Q&A period with attendees to encourage discussion. All are welcome!


[1] Blackstock, C. (2003). First Nations child and family services: restoring peace and harmony in First Nations communities. In K. Kufedlt & B. McKenzie (Eds.), Child Welfare: Connecting Research Policy and Practice. 331-342. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfred Laurier University Press



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TRUSU Lecture Hall
900 McGill Road


Nov 17, 2016 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

TRUSU Equity Committee | equity@trusu.ca | 2508285289

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