Whitehorse Town Hall: Fathers without Fathers - Aboriginal Men in Canada

aboriginal-fathers-8thfire.jpgToday, The Current comes to you from the Yukon Art Centre before a live audience to discuss a topic hiding in plain sight but rarely mentioned Fathers Without Fathers -- Aboriginal Men In Canada.

In this special forum we hear from the first Canadian academic to start tracking Aboriginal men ... Aboriginal fathers. We meet others working with Men who grew up without their dads and who want a different life for their own kids. And we hear from the audience as we explore this issue.

We're in the North because Yukon Northwest Territories and Nunavut have the highest percentage of people with an Aboriginal ancestry. But this is an issue that has implications across First Nations communities and across our wider country.

PT 1: Absent Aboriginal Fathers

There are many statistics. The percentage of Aboriginal children being raised by a single parent -- usually the mother -- is double the percentage of other Canadian children. One in 5 First Nations women over the age of 15 is a single mom. And if statistics don't change, a growing number of Aboriginal boys will typically become absent dads themselves. We hear from CBC Reporter, Geoff Leo who has been looking into this story and from a professor at the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria. (Read More)

PT 2: Absent Aboriginal Fathers (cont'd)

We continue to take about Aboriginal fathers - a demographic that has been called the greatest untapped resource in the lives of aboriginal children. That quote from Ed John, Grand Chief of the First Nations Summit in British Columbia. We hear from two people working with Aboriginal men - anxious to find new purpose in their lives, and the lives of their children. (Read More)

PT 3: Audience responds to our discussion on absent Aboriginal fathers

During our program, we have heard statistics and stories from - and about - men who have grown up without fathers in their lives and men who want to make sure their boys and girls know their fathers. We dedicated this last half hour of our program to open up our discussion to our audience. (Read More)

**** Listen to Day 1 in Whitehorse ****

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