This free public event begins at 7:00 p.m. on October 7th at the Neatby-Timlin Theatre, Arts Building 241 at the University of Saskatchewan campus. All are welcome.
Researcher partners with community on gang prevention for documentaryFull article: http://news.usask.ca/2011/10/05/researcher-partners-with-community-on-gang-prevention-for-documentary/
U of S Native Studies researcher Caroline Tait and her community partners are hosting a public documentary film launch, panel discussion and fundraiser on October 7, all aimed at raising awareness and seeking solutions to child welfare and gang involvement in Saskatoon.
“Our child welfare system is broken, and we need to fix it.” Tait says. “We need to begin to by ensuring that our child welfare system is ethical, that the system does not cause even more harm to vulnerable children and families.”
Tait’s recently completed film, “Child Welfare: The State as Parent,” will kick off the event. The documentary is part of an “ethical toolkit” project funded by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and is directed by Douglas Cuthand, an award-winning Indigenous filmmaker from Saskatoon. Through the stories of survivors, it describes a child welfare system in crisis.
Following the screening will be a panel discussion with national and community partners sharing their expertise on child welfare. This will include representatives of STR8-UP, an innovative program run through the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan that works directly with and through community members on gang prevention. STR8-UP has been instrumental in helping Saskatoon gang members leave their colours and exit the gang life. Program founder Father Andrè Poulievre was awarded the Governor General’s Award in 2009 in part for this work.
“Gangs have a persistent influence over many vulnerable young people in our community,” Tait says. “Addressing this issue is not about harsher punishments and enforcement. It takes building connections with families and with communities, and addressing issues of poverty, racism and social exclusion.”