Subject: Indigenous Studies
Credit units: 3
Offered: Term 2 only
Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
College: Arts and Science
Department: Indigenous Studies


This course will examine the development and practice of Aboriginal Child Welfare in Canada from historic to contemporary times. Within a framework of examining the issue of Aboriginal control of child welfare as a right within the inherent right of self-government, major themes and concepts to be explored will include the “best interests of the child and Western liberal individual rights principles,” “rights of the First Nations child,” “over-representation” issues and challenges faced by First Nations controlled Family and Child Services. Additional areas of “child welfare” will also be examined. It will also consider critical/Indigenous perspective related to central themes, discourses and concepts within Aboriginal Child Welfare policy and practice. The course format includes lectures, readings, case studies, guest speakers, film and research.

Note: Students with credit for NS 298.3 A Critical Survey of the History of Indigenous Child Welfare in Canada or NS 256 may not take this course for credit. This course was labeled NS 256 until 2015.
Prerequisite(s): NS 107.3 or INDG 107.3 and 3 additional credit units from ANTH, ARCH, ECON, GEOG, INDG, LING, NS, POLS, PSY, SOC, or WGST

Upcoming class offerings

For full details about upcoming courses, refer to the class search tool or, if you are a current student, the registration channel in PAWS.


Examples of current or recently-offered class syllabus material can be found on the Open CourseWare website.

The syllabus is a public document that provides detail about a class, such as the schedule of activities, learning outcomes, and weighting of assignments and examinations. Please note that the examples provided in Open CourseWare do not represent a complete set of current or previous syllabus material. Rather, they are presented solely for the purpose of indicating what may be required for a given class.

For more information about syllabi, visit the Academic Courses Policy.