Foster and adoptive families of Indigenous children have a unique role to play when it comes to allyship and solidarity with Indigenous peoples. Foster and adoptive families of Indigenous children must understand that the overrepresentation of Indigenous children in the child welfare system is a result of inter-generational trauma created by colonial practices and policies. Activists have often repeated the statement: “foster care is the new residential school.” While this critique may be true of the system as a whole, it does not have to be true in the home and life of each child who is placed in foster care. By nurturing cultural ties, ancestral learning, and connections with biological families wherever possible, foster and adoptive parents of Indigenous children can help their children to become confident members of the communities that they choose to belong to.

Tasiutigiit is committed to helping foster families in the journey towards reconciliation by providing resources, and spaces to learn and grow, and become better equipped at keeping their children connected to their communities of origin.

The following is a list of resources that may help you in your learning journey.