Raven Sinclair

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Raven Sinclair (Ótiskewápíwskew) is Cree/Assinniboine/Saulteaux and a member of Gordon First Nation of the Treaty#4 area of southern Saskatchewan and member of the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Saskatchewan.[1][2][3] She is a survivor and expert on the Sixties Scoop, the practice of taking Indigenous children from their families and placing them in foster care or adopting them out to white families.[4][5] She is a critic of the current child welfare system in Canada, especially as it relates to Indigenous peoples.[6] She is a professor, film maker, author and facilitator.[7] Sinclair is also a founding editorial member of IndigenousVoices in Social Work (UHawaii), and a regional editor for AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples.[8]


Sinclair began studies at the undergraduate level at the University of Toronto in 1981. She went on to study at First Nations University in the bachelor of Indian social work program. At that time it was the only post-secondary program taking an Indigenous approach.[9] She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and PhD from the University of Calgary.


Sinclair is a full professor at the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Regina. She has published on the "Sixties scoop," with her work being cited by publications such as The Canadian Encyclopedia,[10] and has appeared on programs such as CBC's "The National."[11][12]

Sinclair produced the film "A Truth to be Told: The 60's Scoop in the Splatsin Community" in 2016.[2][13] The film examines the idea of "child saving" and the impacts on Indigenous peoples and the child welfare system in Canada with a focus on the story of the Splatsin band’s (Shuswap) experience of child welfare removals in the 1960s and 70s.[3][13]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Kennedy-Kish (Bell), Banakonda; Carniol, Ben; Baines, Donna; Sinclair, Raven; Carniol, Ben (2017). Case critical: social service and social justice in Canada. ISBN 978-1-77113-311-1.
  • Sinclair, Raven (2012). "Aboriginal Youth Gangs in Canada: (de)constructing an epidemic". First Peoples Child & Family Review. 7 (1): 8–28. ISSN 2293-6610. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  • Sinclair, Raven (2009). Wicihitowin - Aboriginal social work in Canada. ISBN 978-1-55266-317-2.
  • Sinclair, Raven (2007). "Identity lost and found: Lessons from the sixties scoop". First Peoples Child & Family Review. 3 (1): 65–82. ISSN 2293-6610. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  • Sinclair, Raven; Pooyak, Sherri; Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Saskatoon; Community-University Institute for Social Research; Indigenous Peoples' Health Research Centre (2007). Aboriginal mentoring in Saskatoon: a cultural perspective. Regina, Sask.: Indigenous Peoples' Health Research Centre. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  • Sinclair, Raven; Smith, Robin; Stevenson, Nicole (2006). Miyo-Māhcihowin: a report on indigenous health in Saskatchewan. Regina, Sask.: Indigenous Peoples' Health Research Centre. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  • Sinclair, Raven (2004). "Aboriginal Social Work Education in Canada: Decolonizing Pedagogy for the Seventh Generation". First Peoples Child & Family Review. 1 (1): 49–62. ISSN 2293-6610. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  • Sinclair, Raven (2003). ""Indigenous research in social work: The challenge of operationalizing worldview"". ISSN 1206-5323. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  • "All my relations ~ Native transracial adoption: A critical case study of cultural identity | Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal". Retrieved 2018-08-14.


  1. ^ "Raven Sinclair | Social Work, University of Regina". www.uregina.ca. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  2. ^ a b "Toronto Premiere: A Truth to be Told by Raven Sinclair. Faculty of Communication & Design. Ryerson University". www.ryerson.ca. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  3. ^ a b "A Truth to be Told Film Screening with Dr. Raven Sinclair - MUSKRAT Magazine". muskratmagazine.com. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  4. ^ "Sixties Scoop survivor and expert pans decision to exclude Metis in settlement - MBC Radio". MBC Radio. 2017-11-08. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  5. ^ Raven Sinclair on the Pē-kīwēwin, a research project on the Sixties Scoop and its continued legacy, 2018-04-03, retrieved 2018-07-21
  6. ^ "Is racism to blame for over-representation of aboriginal kids in the foster system?". Saskatoon StarPhoenix. 2016-04-18. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  7. ^ Bureau, International Indigenous Speakers. "Raven Sinclair". International Indigenous Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  8. ^ "Raven Sinclair". Pe-kīwēwin Project. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  9. ^ Hyslop, Katie (2018-05-31). "Closing the Gap Between White Schools of Social Work and Indigenous Families | The Tyee". The Tyee. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  10. ^ Dainard, Sharon. "Sixties Scoop". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  11. ^ Sinclair, Raven (2007). "Identity lost and found: Lessons from the sixties scoop". First Peoples Child & Family Review. 3 (1): 65–82. ISSN 2293-6610.
  12. ^ CBC News: The National (2016-08-23), The legacy of the Sixties Scoop, retrieved 2018-08-14
  13. ^ a b "A Truth To Be Told: The 60s Scoop In The Splatsin Community". NOW Magazine. 2016-11-02. Retrieved 2018-07-22.