Rescuing Angela: The selling of racially marginalized children

Join Massy Arts, Angela J. Gray & Patty Krawec May 30th at 6-8pm for an evening of guided discussion on race, identity, and transracial adoption, examining colonial systems of rescuing and selling of racially marginalized children into predominantly white families.

About Angela J. Gray (she/her) is an emerging Black writer and visual artist living in Vancouver, BC. She practices on the stolen lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Angela writes about the impact of colonization on children of the African/Caribbean Diaspora who have been adopted into white homes. Her work has appeared in Periodicities: a journal of poetry and poetics, the Red Cross National Bulletin – Black History Month and the Capilano Review/From the Archives Newsletter. She is a Canada Council for the Arts grant recipient. Angela is a graduate of Vancouver Manuscript Intensive, a creative, consultant and community facilitator.

About Patty Krawec is an Anishinaabe/Ukrainian writer and speaker belonging to Lac Seul First Nation in Treaty 3 territory and residing in Niagara Falls. She has served on the board of the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre and co hosted the Medicine for the Resistance podcast.

Patty is a founding director of the Nii’kinaaganaa Foundation which challenges settlers to pay their rent for living on Indigenous land and then disburses those funds to Indigenous people, meeting immediate survival needs as well as supporting the organizing and community building needed to address the structural issues that create those needs.

Patty has a background in social work, supporting victims of sexual and gendered violence as well as child abuse. A strong believer in the power of collective organizing, Patty was an active union member throughout her career as a social worker.

Her current work and her writing focuses on how Indigenous belonging and thought can inform faith and social justice practices and has been published in Sojourners, Rampant Magazine, Midnight Sun, Yellowhead Institute, Indiginews, Religion News Service, and Broadview. Her first book, Becoming Kin: An Indigenous Call to Unforgetting the Past and Reimagining Our Future was published in 2022 by Broadleaf Books. Her second book about the way that Indigenous and subaltern literatures can help us reimagine that future will be published in the fall of 2025. She lives on Twitter as @gindaanis and you can find her online at

Suggested Readings:

Becoming Kin by Patty Krawec

In Search of April Raintree by Beatrice Moisoner

The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter

Monstrous: A Transracial Adoption Story by Sarah Myer

Older Sister Not Necessarily Related by Jenny Heijun Wills

You Should be Grateful: Stories of Race, Identity and Transracial Adoption by Angela Tucker

What White Parents Should Know about Transracial Adoption -The Workbook by Melissa Guilda Richards