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Call for Papers: June Edition of First Peoples Child & Family Review

First Peoples Child & Family Review
A Journal on Innovation and Best Practices in
Aboriginal Child Welfare Administration, Research, Policy and Practice

Call for Papers for June 2008

Key Theme: The Power of Stories in Child Welfare Practice, Policy and Research

Deadline for Submissions – March 31st, 2007

The First Peoples Child & Family Review (First Peoples journal) is an online journal that reflects the “voices and perspectives” of Aboriginal child welfare scholars, researchers, practitioners, trainers, students, caregivers, volunteers and community developers.The Editorial Board of the First Peoples journal is inviting practitioners, academics, researchers, educators, trainers, students, traditional helpers, caregivers, community volunteers and developers to submit papers on the “Power of Stories.” Stories are more than dramas people tell or read. Story, as a pattern, is a powerful way of organizing and sharing individual experiences and exploring and co-creating shared realities. More than anything, stories can have a profound effect on people. The journal’s upcoming focus on the power of stories honours Indigenous ways of knowing while at the same time, seeks to understand how stories influence Indigenous pedagogy and research in the child welfare context. The upcoming issue will showcase practical stories highlighting the successes, challenges and the impacts made within urban, rural and on-serve communities as it relates to Aboriginal child welfare research, administration, policy and practice. Although papers on any topic are welcome and will be considered, we are particularly interested in receiving articles that reflect on the following themes and ideas:

– Traditional storytelling as an Indigenous research method;
– Stories the reflect on the challenges and opportunities within academia in terms of how child welfare knowledge is created, reproduced and re-constructed;
– Stories as narratives or interpretations of quantitative/qualitative data;
– Stories that focus on the possibilities of transformations at institutional, societal and personal levels;
– Stories that describe promising programs, practices and community collaborations;
– Stories that focus on the vulnerabilities that come with sharing stories;
– Stories of resistance and victory in the face of adversity;
– The use of story as an intervention;
– Stories that have influenced policy and practice; and/or
– Stories that provide Indigenous portrayals of child welfare and how these portrayals reflect and/or how they help/hinder child welfare practice, administration, policy and research in Child Welfare

The First Peoples journal is a joint initiative between the Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare and the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada, Inc. Published twice per year, the First Peoples journal seeks to reach beyond the walls of academia to promote child welfare research, practice and public policy from an Aboriginal perspective and to advance innovative approaches within the field of Aboriginal child welfare.

An editorial and blind peer review process is followed in the selection of articles for publication. Articles should follow APA style referencing and submitted electronically to [email protected] . The deadline for submissions for the June 2008 issue is: March 31st, 2008. More information about the First Peoples Child & Family Review journal and to view previous issues visit Information about the submissions process can be viewed online at or contact:

Marlyn Bennett, (Coordinating-Editor)
First Peoples Child & Family Review
100-696 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G 0M6
Phone: (204) 783-9190, Ext. 229
Email: [email protected]

*** First time writers are also encouraged to submit papers. If you need assistance with formulating your thoughts and ideas into writing, please feel free to contact the editor for assistance in matching you with an individual who can mentor you in the writing process.