Social Work (SWRK) - Indigenous Perspectives and Social Work Practice

SWRK 3406  Indigenous Perspectives and Social Work Practice


SWRK 1007, SWLF 1006, SWRK 2006 and SWRK 2106


Restricted to students in the 3rd year of the BSW program.


Three hours of lecture per week for one term.




Students are introduced to the historical and contemporary issues facing Indigenous communities in Canada (with an emphasis on First Nations and the Métis Nation), in the context of social welfare and social work practice. The impact of policies, structures, and practices is explored in relation to how they contribute to the continuing marginalization of these groups. Students learn about the significance of the Indigenous worldviews and values as they relate to the provision of social work services. Concepts of “helper” and “ally” are explored from an Indigenous perspective. Issues of selfdetermination are a core component of the course.

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