by Maurice Brubacher together with The People of Tikinagan

Coming Home: The Story of Tikinagan Child and Family Services

The most effective way to destroy a people is to steal their children. For decades, Native families and communities have lost children to residential schools and non-native child welfare systems. Coming Home explains how a large First Nations child welfare agency in northwestern Ontario is empowering Nishnawbe Aski families to keep their children at home and in their communities and to recover their health and strength.


In the book

  • a description of how Tikinagan Child and Family Services has incorporated traditional practices, such as customary care and community decision making, into a modern service model.
  • disturbing accounts of suffering in a remote part of affluent Ontario.
  • examples of success in First Nations self-governance.
  • recommendations for successful partnerships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities, governments and organizations.
  • Elders' accounts of traditional life and Native people's perspectives on child welfare.
  • 98 photographs, maps, charts, a sources listing and an index.

For more, see ContentsTo order

Trade paperback. ISNB-10: 0-9781591-0-1 ISBN-13: 978-0-9781591-0-8
Tikinagan Child and Family Services, 2006. 276 pp. Canada $29.95
Categories: Social Work, Aboriginal Social Work, Working with Children and Families; Child Welfare and Child Welfare Policy, Native Studies


" very powerful and moving." Gary Cameron, Professor and Lyle S. Hallman Chair in Child and Family Welfare, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University


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