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

SWRK 3406  Indigenous Perspectives and Social Work Practice


SWRK 3106, SWRK 3216, SWRK 3226, SWRK 3356, and SWRK 3506 with a minimum average of 70% on those courses.


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 resiliency of Indigenous Peoples in Canada (with an emphasis on First Nation and Métis people) in the context of social welfare and social work practice. The effects of discourses enacted through policies, structures and practices upon Indigenous peoples is explored in relation to how these contribute to the continuing marginalization of minority groups. Students learn about the significance of Indigenous world views, values and identity as these relate to the provision of social work services. The constructs of “helper” and “ally” and Indigenous self-determination are explored.

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