Alison Scott, former and now retired Executive Director of Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region, began her career in Child Welfare in 1982 in a remote First Nations community in Northern Alberta.

“I was a 23-year-old white, English-speaking social worker working in a different province and I didn’t know I was part of a system that perpetuated the trauma caused by the residential school system in Canada,” she said. “I had no knowledge of what the Residential School system was back then and I didn’t understand colonization or that the services I was providing was causing harm. It was harm that had started generations before me, and harm that I was contributing to for generations ahead of me.”


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