IHSW102 The Indigenous Family and Parenting

This course provides an overview of Indigenous families from historical and contemporary perspectives with an emphasis on parenting practices, issues, and applications. The course will include the following modules: Indigenous perspectives on family and parenting; personal histories and experiences of parenting; the effects of colonization on the Indigenous family system; parenting stressors; family resiliency; attitudes, skills and practices for healthy parenting; parenting and self care; parent-education programs.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks: 15



SSWD 215 or permission of the instructor


Non-Course Prerequisites:






Course Content:
- Awareness of biases and assumptions
- Traditional and contemporary parenting roles in Indigenous families and communities
- Impact of Residential Schools and "Sixties Scoop" on families
- Needs and challenges for Indigenous parents, grandparents and caregivers
- Nature and effects of abuse and neglect
- Family and lateral violence
- Supporting community strength and cohesion



Learning Outcomes:
Upon the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate awareness of personal biases and assumptions about parenting
- Recognize the strength and cohesion displayed in Indigenous families and communities
- Articulate the differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous parenting approaches
- Explore the intergenerational effects of residential schools and the outcomes of child protection actions on Indigenous families
- Identify the legacies associated with several generations of oppression
- Explain the challenges and obstacles for Indigenous families
- Explain best practices and successes in support of Indigenious families and parenting
- Identify resources and supports for Indigenous families
- Identify the parenting challenges associated with displacement, isolation and poverty
- Articulate strategies for building and maintaining resilient and healthy families
-Explain how development influences behaviour
-Identify and explain how primary factors other than development influence behaviour (values, beliefs, culture, encironment, diversity, etc.)
-Identify strategies for organizing environments in order to support pro-social behaviour



Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: C (60%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.