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Vol. 3 (2022): Reverting the Gaze: Resisting Humanism & Hegemony in the West

Goodnight, Dad

November 9, 2021


The following piece captures the experiences of an Indigenous youth in care who has been historically parentified. He writes of his parental allegiances, his love and devotion to his dad, and his relationship to a foster home. At the heart of the piece, is an exploration of the inherent powerlessness that children endure when their lives are predetermined for them and how, despite this, they continue to hope, to love, and to idealize. The piece is positioned from the imaginative yet honest eye of the child, and models much of the fantastical thinking held by so many of our Indigenous youth who sleep away from home.