Girls and Children: Stages of Institutional Violence 4d - From Foster Care to Missing and Murdered


From Foster Care to Missing and Murdered

An image featuring text which reads "this pipeline is one that gets far less media attention and far less attention from government officials and that pipeline is the pipeline from foster care to murdered, missing, exploited, trafficked and imprisoned Indigenous women and girls" - Pam Palmater, 'Foster care is a pipeline to murdered and missing Indigenous girls'

[imagecaption] ‘Pam Palmater’s State of the Nations: Foster Care is a Pipeline to Murdered and Missing Indigenous Girls‘, 2017. Source: Pam Palmater. [/imagecaption]


In 2008 then Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper also made an apology for the Indian Residential Schools system. As in Australia, however, the intergenerational cycle of forced child removal continues at increased rates, as does the sexual exploitation of young people in the foster care system.

From residential schools to foster care, some Indigenous mothers still live with the fear that their children will be ripped away from them at birth. In 2016, First Nations, Metis and Inuit youth made up about half of foster children under 14 in Canada, despite representing just seven per cent of that age group. Indigenous girls in the B.C. child welfare system are four times more likely to be victims of sexual violence than non-Indigenous girls. Like in Australia, some communities are pooling resources together to resist forced child removals.


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