Navigating Structural Violence with Indigenous Families: The Contested Terrain of Early Childhood Intervention and the Child Welfare System in Canada

Why is it always the mother’s fault? Or if I was politically correct …. the parent’s? Another good study about the Child Protection Services which is also known by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD). I counter by saying the problem is no longer just an Indigenous one but could affect any parent, especially if they are struggling with a social problem. Click here or on the pdf file to read the full study or an excerpt below.


In B.C. and across Canada, neoliberal modes of governance, which shape contemporary child welfare policies, work to transfer responsibility from the state to individual families (Gurstein & Vilches, 2011). In this socio-political landscape, “the personal and individualized nature of child welfare work functions to separate mothering work from its context” (Swift, 1995, p. 173). Thus, locating blame and responsibility for change becomes the prerogative of individual, neglectful parents—as opposed to that of the state and its auxiliary agencies (Sinha et al., 2013).

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