First Peoples Child & Family Review

Twenty years after publishing its first issue, it is with deep gratitude to all the authors, editors, contributors and readers that we announce that the First Peoples Child & Family Review is no longer publishing.


In the very first issue of the FPCFR published in 2004, Dr. Cindy Blackstock wrote in the foreword:


"There can be no more important knowledge than that which guides the care of our children. Precious always, perhaps even more precious now because together, as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples, we have before us the responsibility to create a relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children based on respectful coexistence as distinct and valued peoples."


This precious knowledge graciously shared with the FPCFR formed the journal’s mission: to centre Indigenous knowledges, perspectives and voices that promoted innovation in matters affecting First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children, families, and communities. This work may have been unexpected in other academic journals, but it ultimately created space in the academic world for the knowledge, perspectives, and voices of Indigenous peoples.


While the FPCFR is no longer publishing, issues will remain available to view and download at


The First Peoples Child & Family Review is dedicated to interdisciplinary knowledge honouring the voices and perspectives of Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous allies and supporters. We strive to reach beyond the walls of academia to promote research, critical analysis, stories, standpoints, and educational publications which advance innovation within child, family, and community based-matters for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, as well as Indigenous peoples abroad. 


We understand that knowledge is held and shared in many ways and that we grow as a community by celebrating this fact. Therefore, we welcome submissions from all people in Canada and abroad and highly encourage children and youth to contribute. We accept submissions in many languages, including: English, French, sign-language, and Indigenous languages. In addition to written formats, we also accept audio recordings, illustrations, and audiovisual formats.


The First Peoples Child & Family Review follows the World Intellectual Property Organization guidelines on Indigenous intellectual property and the principles of Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession (OCAP)


The Caring Society would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for the First Peoples Child & Family Review.

Latest News

  • Published 19(1): This final issue represents the best of FPCFR’s work over the past 20 years, with articles and videos offering critical perspectives on the wellbeing of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children and young people.
  • Published 18(1): Special Issue in partnership with the NSW/ACT Aboriginal Legal Service, Jumbunna and Law, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) Australia honouring Indigenous voices in child protection decision-making.

  • Published 17(1): Issue with articles disrupting Westernized approaches in social work and counselling practices to provide systemic solutions that integrate cultural wellness and lived experiences from Métis and First Nations, and non-Indigenous expressions.

  • Published 16(1): Special Edition by children & youth celebrating Shannen's Dream.


For questions regarding the First Peoples Child & Family Review or the Open Journal System, please contact our Coordinating Editor, Brittany Mathews.

Every issue of the First Peoples Child & Family Review is available online and free to the public to view and download. To access the current issue, browse archives, learn more and to upload submissions, visit: