Richardson, C. (2018). Relating to illness in therapy: A pilgrimage through uncertain terrain. Murmurations. Journal of Transformative Relational Practice.

Richardson, C. (2017). Metis-astute social work: Shining the light on some helpful practices. Journal of Indigenous Social Work, 6(1), 82-89.

Richardson, C. & Blanchet-Cohen, (2017). Cultural safety: Applications and implications for Indigenous Children, Families and Communities. In K. Hele [Ed.]. Survivance and Reconciliation: 7 Forward/7Back. 2015 Canadian Indigenous Native Studies Association Conference Proceedings.

Richardson, C. & Dolan-Cake, J. (2016). Invitons la justice et la sécurité pour les femmes autochtones. Possibles, 41(1), 25-32.

Richardson, C. & Reynolds, V. (2015). Structuring safety for survivors of torture and residential school. Canadian Journal of Native Studies. Xxxiv, 2, 147-164.

Richardson, C. & Romano, I. (2014). Supporting Indigenous Children and Parents in Early

Childhood Settings. Early Childhood Education Journal, 42(1), 4-11.

Carriere, J. & Richardson, C. (2013). Relationship is everything: Holistic approaches to Aboriginal child and youth mental health. First Peoples Child and Family Review, 7(2), 8-26.

Richardson, C. (2012). Witnessing Life Transitions with Ritual and Ceremony in

Family Therapy: Three Examples from a Metis Therapist. Journal of Systemic Therapies. 31(3), 68-78.

Richardson, C. (2012). Indigenous Women, RCMP and Service Providers Work Together for Justice: A Response-Based Safety Collaboration in the Yukon”. BC Research to Practice Network

Richardson, C. (2009, July). Islands of safety and the social geography of human dignity: A child and mother safety planning initiative for cases of paternal violence in child welfare. Federation of Community Social Services of BC, Research to Practice Network, 1-12.

Richardson, C, Thomas, R., Green, J., & Ormiston, T. (2012). Indigenous specializations: Dreams, development, delivery and vision. Australian Journal of Indigenous Education. 41(2), pp. 173-180. 

Richardson, C., & Reynolds, V. (2012). Here we are, amazingly alive in the work: Holding ourselves together with an ethic of social justice in community work. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 3(1), 1-19.

Richardson, C., & Carriere, J. (2012). Following the lines of flight: Conducting delegation research in a Métis agency. Perspectives. Publication of the British Columbia Association of Social Workers.

Richardson, C., & Wade, A. (2010). Islands of safety: Restoring dignity in violence-prevention work with Indigenous families. First Peoples Child and Family Review, 5(1), 137–155.

Richardson, C., & Nelson, B. (2007). A change of residence: From residential schools to foster homes as sites of Aboriginal cultural assimilation. First Peoples Child and Family Review, 3(2),75-83.

Richardson, C. (2006). Métis tactical resistance to colonization and oppression. Variegations, 2: 56–71.

Richardson, C., & Cohen-Blanchet, N. (2000). Adult Aboriginal education in Canada. Canadian Journal of Native Education, 24(2): 169–184.

Books Chapters
Carriere, J., Mann-Johnson, J., Richardson, C. (2018 accepted). In the spirit of Wahkootowin: Kinship affiliation as an antidote to divisive identity politics for Metis children in care.

Richardson, C., McInerney, B. Carrier, R.C. & Maje-Raider, A. (2017). Creating safety and social justice for women in the Yukon, In [Eds]. D. Paré et C. Audet. Social Justice and Counseling. New York: Routledge

Blanchet-Cohen, N. & Richardson, C. (2017). Fostering cultural safety across contexts. AlterNatives, 13(3), 138-141.

Richardson, C. Carriere, J. & Boldo, V. (2017). Invitations to dignity and well-being: Cultural safety through Indigenous pedagogy, witnessing & giving back. AlterNatives, 13(3), 190-195.

Richardson, C. (2016). Creating islands of safety for victims of violence: A critical systems approach. In [Eds.] I. McCarthy & G. Simon. Systemic Therapy as Transformative Practice.

Richardson, C. (2015). The role of response-based practice in activism. In [Eds] Hyden, M. Gadd, D., Wade, A. (2015). Response-based approaches to the study of interpersonal violence: New Answers to old questions. London: Pallgrave-MacMillan

Richardson, C. & Bonnah, S. (2015). Taking children’s resistance seriously. In [Eds.] S. Strega & J. Carriere. Walking This Path Together 2. Winnipeg: Fernwood.

Ney, T. & Richardson, C., Maloney, M. (2015). Family group decision making: Does it engage Indigenous families in child protection? In [Eds.] S. Strega & J. Carriere. Walking This Path Together 2. Winnipeg: Fernwood.

Richardson, C. (2015). Preparing social workers to work with Metis Families. In [Eds.] S. Strega & J. Carriere. Walking This Path Together 2. Winnipeg: Fernwood.

Richardson, C. & Wade, A. (2012). Creating islands of safety: Contesting “failure to protect and mother-blaming in child protection cases of paternal violence against children and mothers.   In S. Strega, J. Krane, S. LaPierre, & C. Richardson (Eds.), Failure to protect: Moving beyond gendered responses to violence. Winnipeg, MB: Fernwood.

Carriere, J., & Richardson, C. (2009). From longing to belonging: An Indigenous critique of applying attachment theory to work with Indigenous families, pp. 49-67. In S. McKay, D. Fuchs, & I. Brown (Eds.), Passion for action in child and family services. Regina, SK: Canadian Plains Press.

Richardson, C., & Seaborn, D. (2009). From audacity to aplomb: Understanding the Métis. In R. Sinclair, M. Hart, & G. Bruyere (Eds.), Indigenous social work in Canada: Practices and perspectives. Winnipeg, MB: Fernwood, 114-131.

Richardson, C. (2008). A word is worth a thousand pictures: Working with Aboriginal women who have experienced violence. In Lynda R. Ross (Ed.), Feminist counselling: Theories, issues and practice. Toronto: Women’s Press, 122-148.

Richardson, C., & Wade, A. (2008). Taking resistance seriously: A response-based approach to social work in cases of violence against Indigenous women. In S. Strega & J. Carriere (Eds.), Walking this path together: Anti-racist and anti-oppressive child welfare practice. Winnipeg, MB: Fernwood.

Richardson, C. (2008). Metis experiences of social work practice. In S. Strega & J. Carriere (Eds.), Walking this path together: Anti-racist and anti-oppressive child welfare practice. Winnipeg, MB: Fernwood.

Richardson, C., & Seaborn, D. (2002). Working with Métis children and their families. The BC Counsellor, 24(2): 47–51.

The UN Human Rights Council Thirty-fifth session 6-23 June 2017 will review the “Report of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice.”

This report includes the work of the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society and Catherine Richardson in a community effort to address violence. (paragraph 94, A/HRC/35/29).

Journal Articles

Richardson, C. (2005). Cultural stories and the creation of the self. Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, 18(1): 55–63.

Richardson, C. (2005, March). Steps to dignity and decolonization: Family group conferencing in Aboriginal communities. Restorative Directions, 2(1).

Richardson, C. (2003, Fall). Stories that map the way home. Cultural Reflections, 5, 21–27.

Richardson, C. (2002). Embodying the oppressor and oppressed: My perspective as a Métis woman. International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work: The Question of Forgiveness, 1: 83–84.

Richardson, C., Flello, K., Jevne, C., Sazanbayeva, G., Storr, B., Tait, D., Taylor, S., Zawisza, S., & Obert, A. (2000). The impact of pebbles: Brilliant ideas in play. Connections, 98–106.

Richardson, C. (1999). To all mothers who have lost children – To all children who have lost mothers. In Dulwich Centre Publications (Eds.), Working with the stories of women’s lives, pp. 167–177. Adelaide, AUS: Dulwich.


Carriere, J. & Richardson, C. (2016). Calling our families home: Métis peoples’ experiences of child welfare. Vernon, B.C.: John Charlton Publishing.

Richardson, C. (2016). Belonging Métis. Vernon, B.C.: John Charlton Publications.

S. Strega, J. Krane, S. LaPierre, & C. Richardson (Eds.), (2013). Failure to protect: Moving beyond gendered responses to violence. Winnipeg, MB: Fernwood.


Blackstock, Cindy, Andrea Auger, Heather Ochalski, Jeannine Carrière, Sinéad Charbonneau, and Cathy Richardson. “Is It Over Yet? Residential Schools, Child Welfare and the Mass Removals of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children from Their Families.” Published as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, April 2015.

Richardson, C. (2009). Parenting as leadership. Temiskaming Native Women’s Association. [Manual]

Richardson, C. (2006). Collaborative and strengths-based practice: A facilitator’s guide to activities. British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Richardson, C. (2005). The colonial container of Canadian Society: A compilation of articles about Indigenous people and colonialism. [Handbook]


Richardson, C. & Dolan-Cake, J. (2018). Analysis of a Psychological Report. Montreal, Quebec, Canada.w

Richardson, C. & Dolan-Cake, J. (2017). Report on Indigenous Voices for the “Promoting Health Through Collaborative Engagement with Youth in Canada: Overcoming, Resisting, and Preventing Structural Violence” project.

Richardson, C. (2016). Report on a sentencing statement. Regina v. Gilmore

Richardson, C. (2016). Report on a sentencing statement. Regina v. Shepherd.

Richardson, C. (2015). Report on Fort Simpson Violence Disclosure Protocol. Government of the Northwest Territories.

Richardson, C. (2015). Report on Fort Liard Violence Disclosure Protocol. Government of the Northwest Territories.

Richardson, C. (2015). Report on Fort Providence Violence Disclosure Protocol. Government of the Northwest Territories.

Richardson, C. (2013). Best Practices in Child Welfare Cases Involving Violence Report.

Richardson, C. (2012). Delegation readiness report for Metis Community Services, Victoria, B.C.

Richardson, C., & Wade, A. (2009, September). Overview of a response-based approach to violence prevention and recovery in Northwest Territories. Report to Northwest Territories Government.

Reference Papers / Poster Presentations

Richardson, C. (2018). An Introduction to Response-Based Practice. International Academy of Law and Mental Health. Rome, Italy (July).

Richardson, C. & Dolan-Cake, J. (2018). Supporting families with response-based practice. Conference of the American Family Therapy Association. University of Texas at Austin. June 24.

Fast, E., Richardson, C. & Clark, M. (2018). Understanding Metis identities in Quebec. Panel for Dawson College. Montreal, Quebec. April 11.

Richardson, C. (2017). Helping people recover from violence with response-based practice. The International Academy on Law and Mental Health. Charles University, Prague.

Bonnah, S. & Richardson, C. (2017, May). Children’s responses to violence: Resisting Misunderstanding. Dignity2017. Perth, Australia.

Richardson, C. (2017, May). Indigenous Women-Dignity and Resistance panel facilitated by Dr. Cathy Richardson.

Richardson, C. (2016). Introduction to response-based practice with Indigenous communities. Panel presentation for Doctors without borders. McGill University. Montreal.

Richardson, C. & Carriere, J. (2016). Calling our families home: Metis peoples’ experience with child welfare. National Indigenous Studies Conference. Winnipeg.

Richardson, C. & Stacy, M. (2016). Introduction to response-based practice. Restorative Justice conference. Montreal.

Richardson, C. (2016). Colonialism against Indigenous peoples in Canada. Panel presentation for Decolonize Palestine. Concordia University.

Richardson, C. (2016). L’occult et le figuré. Répresentations des coupables et des victims dans la violence étatique (“The hidden and the portrayed:  Respresentations of victims and perpetrators in cases of state violence”. Université de Quebec à Montréal. (7 October).

Richardson, C. (2016). White privilege: The inconvenience of being coloured (L’inconvenient d’être coloré). Presentation at the University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec.

Fast, E., Boldo, V., Smith, M. & Richardson, C. (2016). Métis mothering and child welfare           involvement. National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Montreal, Québec

Richardson, C. & Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2015). Cultural safety: Implications for Indigenous children, families and communities. Canadian Indigenous and Native Studies Conference. Montreal.

Richardson, C. (Feb 10, 2015). Panel presentation. Forum on Family Violence in Aboriginal Communities. Montreal.

Richardson, C. (Feb 11, 2015). Introduction to Response-Based Practice: Stories of Dignity and Resistance. Forum on Family Violence in Aboriginal Communities. Montreal.

Richardson, C. (Feb 12, 2015). Workshop on Response-Based Practice. Forum on Family Violence in Aboriginal Communities. Montreal.

Richardson, C. & Carriere, J. (October 2014). Bringing Our Families Home: Metis Experiences of Child Welfare. The Prairie Child Welfare Symposium. Saskatoon.

Richardson, C. (Oct 6, 2014). Uplifting Families With Human Dignity: Alberta Early Years Conference. Edmonton.

Richardson, C. & Bonnah, S. (2014, May). Children’s resistance to violence and injustice. Mind the Gap5: A closer look at violence, resistance language. Cowichan Bay, B.C.

Richardson, C. & Henry, C. (2014, May). Islands of Safety. Mind the Gap5: A closer look at violence, resistance and language.

Richardson, C. & Bonnah, S. (2014, Feb). Children protection and children in care. In Dignity Yellowknife.

Richardson, C. (2014). Panel presentation on “The Implication of Privacy Rights for Indigenous Women Escaping Violence. B.C. Society of Transition Houses. Richmond, Oct 22, 2014.

Richardson, C. & Bonnah, S. (2013, May). Children’s resistance to violence and injustice. In Dignity: Addressing domestic violence through response-based practice. Calgary, AB.

Richardson, C. (2013, May). Islands of safety: Response-based practice in child protection. In Dignity: Addressing domestic violence through response-based practice.

Richardson, C. (2012, May 8). “On Saying Hullo Again.” An Indigenous opening to the Therapeutic Conversations X conference, Vancouver, B.C.

Richardson, C. (2012, May 9). Panel member. Developing Collective Narrative Practice in Countries Experiencing Trauma and Genocide, with David Denborough. Therapeutic Conversations X Conference. Vancouver, B.C.

Richardson, C. (2012, May 12). Panel member. Assisting the Survivors of the Tsunami in Samoa and the Earthquake in Christchurch, with Kiwi Tamasese and Charles Waldegrave. Therapeutic Conversations X Conference, Vancouver, B.C.

Richardson, C.   (2012, May). Islands of Safety: Responding to Violence in Metis and First Nations Families with Attention to Safety, Dignity and Social Justice. Winds of Change. Ottawa, Ontario.

Richardson, C. (2012). Response-based practice. Therapeutic Conversations X. Vancouver.

Richardson, C. (2012). Islands of Safety and Response-Based Richardson, C., & Moran Bonilla, P. (2011, August). Resistencia indigena y la celebraciión continua de la tierra, justicia y dignidad. Paper presented at World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education, Cuzco, Peru.

Richardson, C., & Reynolds, V. (2011, April 29). Staying alive in the work and supervision of solidarity. Paper presented at “Child & Youth Care in Action III: Leading Conversations in Research, Practice & Policy” Conference, University of Victoria, April 28-30, 2011.

Richardson, C., & Carriere, J. (2009, October 22). Creating islands of safety. Paper presented at “Awakening the Spirit: Moving Forward in Child Welfare” Conference, Winnipeg, MB.

Richardson, C., & Carriere, J. (2009, October). Creating connection and belonging for Indigenous children in care. Paper presented at Prairie Child Welfare Symposium. Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Richardson, C. (2009, April). Beyond audacity and aplomb: Working with Métis youth and families to consolidate Métis cultural identity. Paper presented at the University of Victoria Centre for Youth and Society Conference, Victoria, BC, April 3, 2009.

Richardson, C., & Carriere, J. (2009, March). Cultural planning and response-based practice for Indigenous child wellness. Paper presented at the Third International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health: Many Voices Into One Song (Canadian Paediatric Society), Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 8, 2009.

Thomas, R., Green, J., Richardson, C., & Ormiston, T. (2008, December). Indigenous specializations: Dreams, development, delivery and vision. Paper presented at the World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education, Melbourne, Australia, December 7–11, 2008.

Richardson, C. (2008, July 18). Participated in a panel offering Indigenous perspectives on colonial discourse and recovery from violence at the 11th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology, Tucson, Arizona.

Richardson, C. (2006, May). Facilitating Métis learning spaces in Canadian knowledge communities. Paper presented at Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education Conference “Plurality, Civic, and Knowledge Communities,” York University, Toronto, May 29–31, 2006.

Richardson, C. (2006, March). Working with generative curriculum in First Nations and Métis communities. Paper presented at Leadership in Early Childhood Services Conference, Pen Green Research Base, Corby, Northamptonshire, England.

Richardson, C. (2006, February). Collaboration across diverse communities: The making of a research chair in Aboriginal early child development. Poster presentation at Early Years Conference “Child Development Practices: A Decade of Change,” Vancouver, BC, February 3, 2006.

Richardson, C. (2005, August). Supporting Indigenous feminism in Métis decolonization and community building. Paper presented at “Indigenous Women and Feminism: Culture, Activism, Politics” Conference, Edmonton, Alberta.

Richardson, C. (2004, October). Identifying Métis acts of resistance to racism, discrimination, and forces of colonization. Paper presented in Victoria, BC.

Richardson, C. (2003, July). Métis identity. Paper presented in a session on Research Narrative at International Narrative Therapy and Community Work Conference, Manchester, England.

Richardson, C. (2002, November). Working with Métis children and their families. Paper presented at the BC Aboriginal School Counsellors’ Conference, Richmond, BC.

Richardson, C. (2000, June). Working with Métis families. Presented at Narrative Therapy and Community Work Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Richardson, C. (1999). Honouring the soul wound: Working with Aboriginal families. Presented at International Family Therapy Conference, Oslo, Norway.

Richardson, C. & Cohen Blanchet, N (1999). Survey of post-secondary education programs in Canada for Aboriginal peoples. Presented at International Forum on Indigenous Education, Paris, France by Natasha Cohen.


Richardson, C. (2017). Panel member. Giving dignity through our practice. Family and Community Services of New South Wales Practice Conference. September 6, 2017.

Richardson, C. (2017). Workshop. Islands of Safety in Practice. Family and Community Services of New South Wales Practice Conference. Sidney, Australia. 5 and 6 September.

Richardson, C. (2016). Working in Indigenous Communities. Medecins Sans Frontiers. McGill University.

Richardson, C. (2015, December). Islands of Safety and Response-Based Practice. Centre for Children and Family Studies. McGill University.

Richardson, C. (2015, April). Panel Chair for Psychology Dissertation. Université de Montréal.

Richardson, C. (2015, April). Together for Justice: A Yukon Violence Prevention Initiative with Aboriginal Women, RCMP and Service Providers.   Dignity. Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

Richardson, C. (2015, April). Children’s Resistance and Responses to Violence. Dignity

Richardson, C. (2015, April). Tell It Like It Is: How Experts Sexualize Violence Against Children. Dignity, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

Richardson, C. (2012, Nov.) Make Children First! Response-based practice workshop for childcare providers: Working for children who have been exposed to violence and trauma. Interior Family Services. Kamloops, B.C.

Richardson, C. (2012, March 1). The results of Revolutionizing Risky Conversations, a project supported with a grant from the Teaching and Learning Centre.

Richardson, C. (2011, December 6). The importance of an intersectional analysis when addressing violence against Indigenous women. Presentation at National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. University of Victoria.

Richardson, C., & Maje-Rader, A. (2011, June 15). Together for justice: Creating safety in community for Indigenous women. Panel presentation at National Aboriginal Women’s Forum, Vancouver, BC.

Richardson, C. (2009, May). Delegate at the Eighth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, New York. This consisted of participating in one week of meetings.

Richardson, C. (2009, May). Speaker on a panel entitled Nation state responses to violence against Indigenous women co-sponsored by The Indigenous Women’s Network, Amnesty International, 7th Generation Fund, American Indian Law Alliance, Huairo Commission, GROOTS International, and GROOTS Canada at the Eighth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, New York.

Richardson, C. (2008, January 17). Creating Métis learning spaces in post-secondary education. A public address at the First Nations House of Learning, University of British Columbia, as part of an Equity Enhancement Initiative.

Richardson, C. (2008, April). Participated as a general delegate and a member of the Indigenous Women’s Caucus in the United Nations 7th Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on the topic of climate change, United Nations, New York.


Dignity Across the Lifespan

Response-based practice is an approach that is centered around preserving human dignity, particularly for those harmed by violence. The suffering experienced by violence survivors can be articulated in a number of ways. We can use the language of psychology and...

Children of God

Recently, the play Children of God, written by Corey Payette, was performed at the Segal Theatre in Montreal. This play depicted the resistance of Indigenous children to their internment, oppression and abuse in the prison camps known as Residential Schools. These institutions were all across Canada and held over 150,000 First Nations, Metis and Inuit children. This play was designed to bring this reality into the awareness of Canadians and theatre viewers. My role was to facilitate talk-backs after the performance and to offer emotional support in a makeshift healing tent in the lobby. Many Montrealers were shocked to learn about this history and have difficulty processing this colonial violence against Indigenous children on this land.