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March 12, 2024

"The crying need for Indian foster homes": Indigenous Women Challenge State Child Welfare Practices with Sarah Nickel, PhD.

Event Date: March 12, 2024
Event Location: 543-544 University Centre
Event Time: 2:30 - 4:00 PM

The Centre for Human Rights Research (CHRR) hosted a seminar titled “The crying need for Indian foster homes”: Indigenous Women Challenge State Child Welfare Practices with Dr. Sarah Nickel (UAlberta) on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at 2:30 pm in 543-544 UMSU University Centre.

Image from 1980 of the Indigenous Child Caravan
Indian Child Caravan, 1980 – ICC 1 10480 UBCIC archives

Sarah Nickel is Tk’emlúpsemc, French Canadian, and Ukrainian, and an associate professor of History at the University of Alberta. Her work focuses on twentieth century Indigenous politics and the gendered nature of political work drawing on community- engaged methodologies. Her first book, Assembling Unity: Indigenous Politics, Gender, and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs was published in 2019 with UBC Press and won the Canadian Historical Association’s prize for Best Book in Indigenous History in 2020. Sarah’s second monograph, Active Women: Indigenous Women’s Social and Political Work in Kanata’s West will be published with the University of Toronto Press in late 2024.

This seminar is a part of our annual Critical Conversations seminar series. This year, the seminar series will focus on the CHRR’s research theme Reproductive and Bodily Justice and will explore histories of the body, reproduction, and care in Canada and beyond.


Watch a recording of Dr. Nickel’s lecture.

Listen to a podcast with Dr. Tungohan as part of UMFM’s Turning Pages Series.

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