The Politics and Power in Caregiving for Identity: Insights for Indian Residential School Truth and Reconciliation
- Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society
- Oxford University Press
- Volume 18, Number 4, Winter 2011
- pp. 572-597
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The authors examine the politics of caregiving for identity to enrich scholarship about power. They report on a qualitative study with Aboriginal mothers who parent in the wake of the Canadian Indian residential schools (IRS). Just as this system disrupted familial caregiving to assimilate Aboriginal Peoples, data show some mothers now strive to organize their caregiving in ways that serve decolonization and community empowerment. Building on their expertise, the authors argue that counter-colonial family policy investments to support such caregiving should factor in any just compensation for the IRS system if its population, and not just individual, costs are to be redressed.