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Supporting Indigenous Fathers’ Positive Involvement

December 7, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

First Nations and Métis fathers may be the most neglected – and hard to reach – group of parents in our society. If you work with Indigenous families, then you know there are social forces that create barriers for Indigenous fathers being positively involved with their children. You may also wonder, where do I start to try to address these challenges? How can I effectively reach out and support Indigenous fathers?

This keynote by Dr. Jessica Ball, a leading scholar on father involvement in Canada, and the foremost researcher on Indigenous fathers, will highlight the needs of fathers in Canada and give you practical, doable steps to take right now.

With a focus on the unique circumstances, experiences, needs, and goals of First Nations fathers, attendees will be given insight drawn from a national study of fatherhood that includes:

  • description of the social forces in Canada that create barriers to positive father involvement
  • the historical and colonial landscape in Canada that creates challenges for Indigenous fathers
  • key steps to create better conditions for Indigenous fathers to be positively involved
  • guiding principles for outreach and support in Indigenous communities
  • resources to support Indigenous fathers’ involvement
  • promising practices in communities leading the way
Dr. Jessica Ball is a professor in the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria, Canada. Jessica is the principal investigator of an interdisciplinary program of research on the cultural and contextualized nature of human experience (www.ecdip.org), focusing on Indigenous children and families in Canada and around the world. Working in collaboration with First Nations communities and organizations, she led the first study in Canada of First Nations and Métis fathers. She was a co-principal investigator in the first national study of fatherhood. She is the author of many articles, chapters, practitioner guidebooks, and family friendly resources on Indigenous fathers, Indigenous language revitalization, early childhood development, couples’ transitions to parenthood, gender equality in close relationships, and migration. Jessica spent a quarter of her life studying and working in the United States and Southeast Asia. She is a cis-gendered, third generation Irish-English Canadian settler living on the traditional territory of W̱SÁNEĆ people on Vancouver Island.

Details

Date:
December 7, 2021
Time:
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Event Type:

Organizers

Jackie Eaton
Phone:
306-651-4320
Email:
jeaton@skprevention.ca
Connie Herman
Phone:
306-651-4309
Email:
cherman@skprevention.ca

Details

Date:
December 7, 2021
Time:
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Event Type:

Organizers

Jackie Eaton
Phone:
306-651-4320
Email:
jeaton@skprevention.ca
Connie Herman
Phone:
306-651-4309
Email:
cherman@skprevention.ca
Saskatchewan Prevention Institute