From the Canadian Association of Social workers
CASW’s continuing education webinars in celebration of NSWM are ongoing! We are pleased to open registration for a new series focusing on Indigenous Perspectives & Social Work.
All webinars are open to CASW members and will be 1 hour in length with the opportunity for live Q & A’s.
Sign-up yourself or organize your office.
- Indigenous Perspectives & Social Work Series – March 23rd & April 10th – Each starting at 1:00pm EST
Canadian social workers are highly diverse yet share the same values of social justice, respect for all and service to humanity. As a country and a profession we have the opportunity to move forward with genuine reconciliation. This two part webinar series strives to encourage ongoing discussion and continual learning. Understanding and acknowledging our shared colonial past will help us to create a more just and healthy shared future. This is a webinar series for all social workers.
From Maggie Lodge, Carleton School of Social Work
Dear Colleague, We warmly invite you to join us for a special free lecture/presentation on Pledging Reconciliation: Transforming Social Work on March 6 from 5-7 pm in the Atrium of Richcraft Hall, Carleton University.
In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations, graduate students at Carleton developed a pledge for social workers to consider to shifting the relationship between the profession of social work and indigenous peoples.This work is receiving attention and support.
On March 6, four of these students will present this pledge-in-progress, which is the first of its kind in Canada. We hope you will join us to learn more and contribute to this exciting initiative by hearing from these students at the Rheal Brant Hall Annual Lecture. No RSVP is required
For more information on the development of the pledge, see our website https://carleton.ca/socialwork/2017/students-create-pledge-professional-social-workers-advance-reconciliation-indigenous-peoples-students-give-lecture-receive-award/
From Crime Prevention Ottawa
Culture and Indigenous Youth: A Pathway to Wellbeing, Speaker Series event and research paper release
Crime Prevention Ottawa is pleased to release the research paper, “Culture as a Catalyst: Preventing the Criminalization of Indigenous Youth.” The paper targets professionals who work with young Indigenous people. Author Dr. Melanie Bania explores:
- Key strategies for supporting Indigenous youth
- Ways to ensure cultural safety
- Strength-based approaches
- Trauma-informed supports
- Benefits of culturally competent staff and programming
The research, available on our website at crimepreventionottawa.ca, will be discussed at our upcoming Speaker Series event. The event will be held in partnership with the City of Ottawa Aboriginal Working Committee.
Are you a service provider who works with Indigenous youth? Do you want to learn more about the role of culture in promoting the wellbeing of Indigenous youth? Find out how at our upcoming Speaker Series event.
When: Tuesday, February 14th from 8:00 am to10:30 am
Coffee at 8:00 am, program starts at 8:30 am
City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Andrew Haydon Hall (Council Chambers)
Melanie Bania, Community Engagement Consultant
Marc Maracle, Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Working Committee and Executive Director, Gignul Non Profit Housing Corporation
Équan Liberté, Youth Justice Case Manager – Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
Lynda Brown, Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre
Michelle Mann-Rempel, Lawyer and consultant specialized in Indigenous criminal justice
Angela Cameron, from the University of Ottawa wants the public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls to focus on what elements relevant to change daily life
…“Asking questions about the social and economic rights of Indigenous women really has to be front and centre, and it must be framed as a human rights issue,” says Cameron, a professor of common law at the University of Ottawa. Asking pointed questions about whether economic development projects and social change actually serve Indigenous women’s interests is her specialty.”…
see the article https://research.uottawa.ca/perspectives/deeper-roots-violence
Marc Maracle, links Ottawa the City’s, unique role for Indigenous Communities, in the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition’s fight for Inuit services. http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/letters/your-letters-for-friday-march-25-the-federal-budget
Healing Centre gets a little help
Re: The Inuit, the addicted and big-city abandonment, March 13.
The Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition would like to acknowledge the federal government’s commitment to keep Mamisarvik Healing Centre open for another year. We strongly encourage the federal government in the next year to find a long-term and permanent solution to supporting this important service.
Ottawa is a very special and unique city to the Aboriginal community. Not only is it the home of many of the national Aboriginal organizations, it is home to a thriving community of about 30,000 Aboriginal people. It is also the second home to thousands of Inuit who come here to get medical care, to go to school, for work and to establish permanent residency. In fact, Ottawa has consistently been the number one southern home to Inuit in Canada.
At the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition, we recognize that whether Ottawa is a temporary or permanent home for Aboriginal people, everyone needs to have access to services and programs. We also recognize that given Ottawa’s unique place in our country, we sometimes have a unique role to play.
Mamisarvik is the only treatment facility for Inuit in Ottawa, and indeed the only Inuit treatment centre in the country. If you are an Inuit person living with an addiction or trauma, there are no facilities in Canada where you can get specialized treatment services that are in your language or culturally appropriate. There are no facilities in Nunavut, home to most Inuit, not even a detox facility in the capital of Iqaluit.
The Mamisarvik Healing Centre was funded for many years through the now-defunct Aboriginal Healing Foundation (AHF). Even after the AHF funding was cut, they kept some monies flowing through the Mamisarvik Healing Centre because of the need in the community. In fact, Mamisarvik Healing Centre was one of the very last projects funded through the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. And, as this article points out, the Mamisarvik Healing Centre continued on with very limited funding through a variety of other imaginative sources, until all of these options ran out as well.
The federal government is increasingly committing to breaking down jurisdictional barriers that are barriers to supporting Aboriginal people wherever they are in Canada. Would it not be better for everybody if we find a way to deal with funding in the long term? The answer for the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition is simple. Let’s find the money today to keep the Mamisarvik Healing Centre open.
We also want to take this opportunity to thank the staff and board of the Mamisarvik Healing Centre for your many years of service to our community in Ottawa. You have saved lives and given people back hope and a reason to go on living.
Marc Wm. Maracle, chair, Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition