The Indigenous Field of Study is the first Master of Social Work (MSW) program in Canada rooted in a wholistic Indigenous worldview and contemporary social work practice. The goal is to develop social work practitioners who demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the history, traditions and culture of the Indigenous peoples of Canada. This unique program includes the use of Indigenous elders, a traditional circle process and Indigenous ceremonies.
The needs most commonly identified by Indigenous people, as seen often in their public statements and political processes, include self-determination, cultural preservation and respect for the wholistic healing worldview. The MSW Indigenous Field of Study will fully and dramatically root itself within the Indigenous worldview. Our goal is the development of social work practitioners who can seek empowerment for Indigenous populations so that they can meet the needs that they have identified for themselves.
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