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Mi'kmaq culture, history in new foster parent guide

A new guide to help non-native foster parents of aboriginal children better understand cultural practices and the history of the Mi'kmaq people has been created by P.E.I Child and Family Services.

P.E.I. Child and Family Services created the 120-page guide with help from the Mi'kmaq community

Aboriginal Cultural Connection is a guide for foster parents of Mi'kmaq children. (Province of P.E.I.)
A new guide to help foster parents of aboriginal children better understand cultural practices and the history of the Mi'kmaq people has been created by P.E.I Child and Family Services.

Aboriginal Cultural Connections targets social workers, and non-aboriginal foster parents.

The 120-page publication took several years to complete and input was sought from the Mi'kmaq Confederacy and tribal elders.

Georgina Knockwood-Crane, who has been a foster parent for 30 years, is one of a handful of aboriginal foster parents.            

She says it can be damaging when a child is living in a home that doesn't understand Mi'kmaq culture.

"I've heard foster parents saying, 'I'm not quite understanding what this child wants. He's talking about his pow wow, and his regalia, what is he talking about?'" said Knockwood-Crane.

"They don't have an understanding of this culture that this child has been raised in. So it does become difficult to these children. They become very closed in, they don't want to share, they don't want to talk about why they're feeling the way they're feeling."

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