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The Development of an Indigenous Social Work Education Strategy

The Circle of Indigenous Social Work action has identified this goal: To develop an Indigenous social work education strategy where we continue to work to embed Indigenous content across curriculum, future research in the area, and to foster pedagogical innovation grounded in Indigenous knowledge as related to social work education

Aug 08, 2016

Key objectives include:

  • Continued work to transform curriculum towards improving Indigenous content in social work education. Working primarily through the Circle of Indigenous Social Work Action, continue to support the School efforts to decolonize social work education, including:
    • Offer social work instructors the opportunity for a course syllabus review.
    • Offer professional development opportunities in Indigenous curriculum development and identify and develop a digital repository of Indigenous resources (e.g., identify community resources, relevant scholarly readings, etc.).
    • Support this work with a comprehensive review of the literature exploring Indigenous social work curriculum and pedagogy
  • Support the development of a current School initiative, Preparation for Critical Practice in Child Welfare (the Child Welfare Pathway). Work with the task groups developing, teaching and evaluating the PCPCW to:
    • Move this educational initiative in the direction of disrupting, and not replicating, colonization
    • Make certain that the PCPCW responds to the TRC Calls for Action with respect to social work education in child welfare

We have also had early discussions about the possibility of developing a social work focused land-based inquiry course, an approach grounded in Indigenous pedagogy.