Positive Experiences of First Nations Children in Non-Aboriginal Foster or Adoptive Care: De-constructing the "Sixties Scoop"
Due to the extreme contrast between the central tenets of the Sixties Scoop model and the perspectives of those who shared their positive experiences in substitute care, it was also necessary to provide some form of reconciliation to the existing discourse. This reconciliation process was undertaken through an examination of the context within which the Sixties Scoop model developed and attained such widespread acceptance. Through a sociological perspective known as 'Claims-Making' the development, legitimization and impact of the Sixties Scoop model was examined. Upon demonstrating the influence of the larger political relationship upon the existing discourse, it was then possible to de-construct the Sixties Scoop model which helped to reduce some of its conceptual hegemony and make room in the discourse for the perspectives of those individuals who participated in this study.
By integrating these perspectives into the discourse in this manner, this thesis validates the voices of those First Nations people whose perspectives have been obscured by the dominant model while also demonstrating their significance to the discourse. Within this process, some of the inadequacies and weaknesses of the Sixties Scoop (as an explanatory framework for the relationship between First Nations and the child welfare system) are also identified.
Advisor:Peters, Evelyn; Maaka, Roger; Biggs, C. Lesley; Waldram, James B.
School:University of Saskatchewan
School Location:Canada - Saskatchewan
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:09/30/2008