Walking This Path Together is an edited collection devoted to improving the lives of children and families that come to the attention of child welfare authorities by demonstrating and advocating for socially just child welfare practices. In this new, updated edition, authors provide special consideration to the historical and political context of child welfare in Canada and theoretical ideas and concrete practices that support practitioners, educators and students who are looking for anti-racist, anti-oppressive and anti-colonial perspectives on child welfare practice.
“This is a timely book as many child welfare agencies are beginning the journey of implementing an anti-oppressive framework into practice. With several chapters by Indigenous scholars, the plight of our children remains in the spotlight. An underlying message in this book is that if the challenges for Indigenous child welfare can be properly addressed, then those of all other marginalized populations will follow.”
— Cyndy Baskin, School of Social Work, Chair of Aboriginal Education Council, Ryerson University
“My students and I have found this text to be of particular importance because it has tremendous applicability to the field work and practicum experiences of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students who will one day work with Indigenous populations who are involved with the child welfare systems of this country.“
— Marlyn Bennett, Yellowquill College and the University of Manitoba
“Using anti-racist and anti-oppressive frameworks as guides, this book provides several strategies that if implemented would address the systemic and structural problems that plague child welfare practice.”
— Dave Este, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary