We are particularly grateful to the family of Russ Moses for entrusting us with his
residential school memoir and photographs. We are honoured to publish as part of this special issue his first person account of his time at the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School in Brantford, Ontario between 1942 and 1947. The memoir and photographs offer insight into a residential school experience that profoundly shaped and altered Russ Moses’ life and pathway.
We are pleased as well to present invited submissions from a number of guest
authors including Jennifer King, Jocelyn Wattam and Cindy Blackstock; Judy Finlay and Lauren Akbar; Tracy Coates and Philip Leach-Ngo; and Margo Greenwood, all of whom have devoted countless hours to finding ways to improve Indigenous children’s lives through their advocacy work and research. Each writer brings Indigenous children’s world-views of their lives and their communities to the forefront in order to be heard and listened to as dialogue and action on Indigenous children’s rights moves forward.
One of the ways forward is through quality early child care, education and support for families. Landon Pearson offers a glimpse of two model preschool programs that take a rights-based approach in working with Indigenous children and their families – the Tumiralaat Child Care Centre in Ottawa and Pirurvik Preschool in Pond Inlet. The programs emphasise strength and offer children a multitude of ways to make connections that are culturally appropriate, deeply felt and meaningful.
Vol 3, No 1 (2016): Indigenous Children's Rights