CC: Not My Home: The Overrepresentation of Indigenous Children in Care
Note: This is excerpted from the Community Connected publication.
“First Nations children have been dramatically overrepresented in the Canadian child welfare system for more than 50 years” (Blackstock, 2009). According to the 2021 Canadian federal census, 53.8% of children in foster care are Indigenous, but account for only 7.7% of the child population. (Government of Canada, n.d.). It is suggested that Indigenous children are eight times more likely to come into child welfare care than any other children (Blackstock, 2009).