About the Journal

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. 

History and Mission

Founded in 2003, the First Peoples Child & Family Review is an open-access, interdisciplinary, and peer-reviewed journal honouring the voices and perspectives of First peoples and non-Indigenous allies and supporters. Our mission is to promote research, critical analysis, stories, standpoints, and educational resources which advance innovation within child, family, and community based-matters for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, as well as Indigenous peoples abroad.

Who Can Make a Submission?

We welcome submissions from all peoples in Canada and abroad and highly encourage children and youth to participate. Read more about how to make a submission.

Accepted Formats and Languages

We accept written, audio, and visual formats in English, French, sign language, and Indigenous languages. Read more about submission guidelines.


Knowledge is meant to be shared. Every issue of the First Peoples Child & Family Review is available online, free to the public to view and download. Visit the archive.


Contributors retain copyright over their work. This aligns with our commitment to meet the standards and guidelines of the World Intellectual Property Organization and the principles of Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession.