Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Minnijean Brown Trickey

Minnijean Brown Trickey is one of the “Little Rock Nine,” a group of African American students who integrated an all-white high school in Arkansas in 1957. She spoke about her experiences at Laurentian University Nov. 25.

To view link:

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

KTEI Partnership

Honours Bachelor of Social Work Program
in affliation with
Will be offering a
3 Year program - Fall 2010
Part time studies in M'Chigeeng
Classes will be held in 2 week blocks at 3 month intervals over the year, for 3 years.
Over one year a total of 4, six credit courses will delivered.
Contact: Sharon Corbiere Johnston 705-675-1151 extension: 5055
K.T.E.I 705-377-4342

Monday, November 16, 2009

Sudbury Branch of the OASW

Sudbury Branch of the OASW,
November Newsletter 2009,

to Cheryle Partridge who was honoured by OASW with a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the OASW 2006-2009. Judith Tremblay presented Cheryle with the certificate at the local branch's November meeting

to view click the following link:

Monday, November 9, 2009

Minnijean Brown Trickey

The 2009 Angus Gilbert Memorial Lecture
Little Rock Revisited

"Little Rock Revisited": a public lecture by civil rights legend, MINNIJEAN BROW TRICKEY
Minnijean was one of the first nine black teenagers to de-segregate a two-thousand strong all-white school in the 1950's, defying the Arkansas governor, the National Guard and violent racist mobs.

Minnijean is also a Graduate of Native Human Services, She graduated in the fall 1991.
Wednesday November 25 2009 at 8:00 p.m, Brenda Wallace Reading Room
Free Admission
Sponsored by the Department of History, for more information 705-675-1151 ext 4200

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

native human services student academic council
Oct 14 and 15 2009 10-3
Room # 108 U of S

Who is eligible for office: Any LU student enrolled in Native Human Services Program who is interested in representing the Student Academic Council

Who can vote: Any LU student enrolled in the Native Human Services Program who has an interest in the Student Council

Offices up for Election:

Pro Years Representative
Social/Traditional Coordinator

Contact Erica Daybutch,

Monday, September 21, 2009

Welcome Back Feast
Native Human Services Students
Monday September 21 2009
11:30am - 1:00 pm
Round Room SE110

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Excellent book: The Hollow Tree: Fighting Addiction with Traditional Native Healing by Herb Nabigon

Herbert Nabigon, an Ojibway elder who teaches in the School of Native Human Services Social Work programme at Laurentian University is reknown for his teachings on the medicine wheel and pipe ceremonies. In Nabigon’s book The Hollow Tree: Fighting Addiction with Traditional Native Healing, he provides to readers the medicine wheel teachings which comprise “ancient daily rituals and ceremonies dating as far back as the early Stone Age and is now being revealed by its keepers, the Indigenous peoples” (Nabigon, 2006, p. 60). He links sacred teachings to spiritual and healing concepts necessary for working with First Nations peoples and their communities. Today his book is used by many social workers as a cultural and healing framework for working with Native communities. Perhaps an essential message that he imparts is about his journey of re-learning his traditional culture as a way to beat alcoholism. Readers and particularly undergraduate social work students gain an insight into the strengths and inner wisdoms of traditional teachings as a way to heal, search for inner meanings about life and importantly gain a framework for understanding the history of colonialism and its impacts on First Nations peoples and the self. Nabigon makes links to his early experience of being taken away from his parents and community and being sent to a Residential School. The experience he had (like many others) was of being punished for speaking his Native tongue and being stripped of his culture, teachings and identity. He likens this early experience as being “the setting for the many triggers in my life that led me on a downward spiral of despair” (p. 4). He draws upon traditional teachings as a method of personal and cultural introspection which offers a holistic framework for healing and understanding.


Herb is both a colleague and friend, and he walks his talk. I highly recommend his book and appreciate his honesty and openness for sharing to others. Taima

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Indigenous Social Work/School of Native Human Services
Accepting enrollments for 2009/2010 Academic School Year
Enter your name for a Laurentian University Hoodie

Nishnaabe Kinoomaadwin Naadmaadwin (Native Teaching in Helping)

***Native Human Services is one of two Bachelor of Native Social Work Programs in Canada***

The Native Human Services Honours Bachelor of Social Work Program is accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work Education (CASSWE)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Information Session

Looking for a challenging career?
Become a Social Worker!
The School of Native Human Services Honours Bachelor of Social Work
Respectfully Invites You to attend an informal
Information Session on
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 @ 10:00 a.m. on the
3rd Floor of the University of Sudbury Room 365

Refreshments will be served!
Door Prize(s)
Register@ 675-1151extension 5082 or 5055.
We will see you there!

School of Native Human Services
Laurentian University/University of Sudbury, 3rd Floor, Room 354
935 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 2C6
Tel: # (705) 675-1151, EXT. 5082, Fax: # (705) 675-4817
EMAIL ADDRESS: scorbiere@laurentian.ca

Monday, July 13, 2009

Paper: Holistic Arts-Based Group Methods with Aboriginal Women

Kia ora/Aanii, Kwekwe

This paper highlights appropriate methods and facilitative approaches when doing spiritual/healing work with Indigenous peoples in this case Aboriginal women. The authors Debra, Diana and Sheila share their learning, Aboriginal research methods and spiritual/healing insights from the research they carried out with a small group of Aboriginal women in Sudbury. It is an honour to share their research paper. Taima

Holistic Arts-Based Group Methods with Aboriginal Women by Debra Recollet, Diana Coholic & Sheila Cote-Meek.


The co-authors discuss their experiences of developing and facilitating an eight-week holistic arts-based group for a small group of Aboriginal women. The literature in spirituality and social work includes some written work that examines the convergences between Aboriginal cultural/spiritual perspectives and spirituality and social work but this could be expanded on. To this end, we describe the use of holistic arts-based methods with Aboriginal women, provide a brief description of the group, and explore how spirituality was evident in the arts-based and experiential methods. We also discuss some of the issues that arose in the process of establishing and facilitating the group including challenges related to group composition; the relevance of process; and attrition from the group.

View the full paper at:


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

new: Native Studies Undergraduate Journal

Native Studies Undergraduate Journal

The Native Studies Department of the University of Sudbury is pleased to announce a call for papers for its Native Studies Undergraduate Journal. Submissions will be accepted from all undergraduate students writing in the area of Native Studies and presently enrolled in courses at the University of Sudbury, Laurentian, Huntington, and Thorneloe universities. As part of this inaugural issue we will accept papers on a variety of topics ranging from questions of Aboriginal governance and Indigenous knowledge to issues relating to Aboriginal women, health and contemporary cultural expression.

The Native Studies Undergraduate Journal will accept articles between 3000 to 5000 words in length. Sources will be cited in accordance with APA style.

Deadline for Submission: June 30, 2009.

Please send correspondence to: Kfitzmaurice@usudbury.ca

au Native Studies Undergraduate Journal

Le Département des études amérindiennes de l’Université de Sudbury est heureux d’annoncer une invitation à présenter des articles pour fins de publication dans sa revue, Native Studies Undergraduate Journal. Les articles seront acceptés de tous les étudiants de 1er cycle écrivant dans le domaine des études amérindiennes et qui sont présentement inscrits aux cours offerts à l’Université de Sudbury, ou aux universités Laurentienne, Huntington et Thorneloe. Dans le cadre de ce numéro inaugural, nous accepterons des articles qui traitent des questions de gouvernance autochtone et des connaissances indigènes, ainsi que des articles qui portent sur des sujets relatifs aux femmes autochtones, à la santé et à l’expression culturelle contemporaine.

La Native Studies Undergraduate Journal acceptera des articles qui comptent entre 3 000 et 5 000 mots. Les sources seront citées conformément au style de l’Association américaine de psychologie (American Psychological Association – APA).

Date d’échéance de soumission : le 30 juin 2009.

SVP faire parvenir toute correspondance à : kfitzmaurice@usudbury.ca

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Post Secondary Funding

An article on Post Secondary Education Funding for First Nation Student. There already is a name change to the program. Have a read of the article. These changes will effect and affect student enrolment in Post Secondary Institutions.


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Wicihitowin: Aboriginal social work in Canada

Hello, Aanii, Kwekwe, Kia ora - below is a new book called Wicihitowin: Aboriginal social work in Canada written by First Nations, Inuit and Metis authors. Published by Fernwood Publishing, this book is edited by Bruyere, Hart and Sinclair and provides readers with articles relevant to Aboriginal social work theories and practices. Awesome Work. Taima

Wícihitowin: Aboriginal Social Work in Canada by Gord Bruyere, Michael Anthony Hart and Raven Sinclair

Wícihitowin is the first Canadian social work book written by First Nations, Inuit and Métis authors who are educators at schools of social work across Canada. The book begins by presenting foundational theoretical perspectives that develop an understanding of the history of colonization, theories of decolonization and In-digenist social work. It goes on to explore issues and aspects of social work practice with Indigenous people to assist educators, researchers, students and practitioners to enhance effective and respectful approaches to social work with diverse populations. Traditional Indigenous knowledge that challenges and transforms the basis of social work with Indigenous and other peoples comprises a third section of the book. Wícihi-towin concludes with an eye to the future, which the authors hope will continue to promote the innovations and creativity presented in this groundbreaking work.


Foreword (Richard Vedan)PART 1 – History and Theory — Introduction: Bridging the Past and the Future: An Introduction to Indige-nous Social Work Issues (Raven Sinclair/Ótiskewápíwskew) • Anti-colonial Indigenist Social Work: Reflec-tions on an Aboriginal Approach (Michael Anthony Hart/Kaskitémahikan) • Indigenous-Centred Social Work: Theorizing a Social Work Way-of-Being (Gail Baikie)PART 2 – Practice Contexts — A Holistic Approach to Supporting Children with Special Needs (Rona Ster-ling-Collins/Quistaletko) • Aboriginal Child Welfare and Adoption: Revisiting the Cultural Identity Paradigm (Raven Sinclair/Ótiskewápíwskew) • Beyond Audacity and Aplomb: Understanding the Métis (Cathy Richardson/Kinewesquao and Dana Lynn Seaborn) • Evolution and Revolution: Healing Approaches With Aboriginal Adults (Cyndy Baskin/ On-koo-khag-kno kwe) • For Indigenous Peoples, By Indigenous Peoples, With Indigenous Peoples: Towards an Indigenist Research Paradigm (Michael Anthony Hart/Kaskitémahikan)PART 3 – Traditional Knowledge — Navigating the Landscape of Practice: Dbaagmowin of a Helper (Kathy Absolon/ Minogiizhigokwe) • Kaxlaya Gvilas: Upholding Traditional Heiltsuk Laws, Values and Practices as Aboriginal People and Allies (Michelle Reid/ Juba) • Gyawaglaab (Helping One Another): Approaches to Best Practices through Teachings of Oolichan Fishing (Jacquie Green/ Kundoque)PART 4 – The Future — Conclusion (Michael Anthony Hart/Kaskitémahikan with Raven Sin-clair/Ótiskewápíwske

About the Authors

Gord Bruyere is Anishnabe, originally from Couchiching First Nation, who resides on Coast Salish territory in Coquitlam, B.C., with his partner Michelle. He is a poet, writer, musician and educator.
Michael Anthony Hart (Kaskitémahikan), a father of two boys, is a citizen of Fisher River Cree Nation, residing in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has worked in the areas of child and family services, family therapy and addictions. He is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba and provides mental health clinical supervision at Long Plain First Nation and for Health Canada.
Raven Sinclair (Ótiskewápíwskew) is Cree/Assinniboine/Saulteaux from Gordon’s First Nation. She is an assistant professor of social work at the University of Regina and the assistant director of the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre. She is interested and enthusiastic about everything except sewing and knitting, and she has a four-year-old daughter who keeps her on her toes.

Friday, May 1, 2009

To register or not to register, that is the question!!

A lot more employers are seeking the designation of their employees to be registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers,

What is your take on this--what has been your experience --does everyone that makes an application do they get registered?
Please comment?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


You are invited to come and celebrate with the School of Native Human Services.
Native Human Services is now a stand alone School and has also received Accreditation as a School.

When: Thursday May 7th, 2009
Where: West Residence Room W-136
TIME: 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Drop by and take note of NHS’s Accomplishments.
For more information, please contact Freda Recollet, secretary, School of Native Human Services, ext. 5082.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Sudbury Branch of the OASW

MAY 28 2009

1:00 - 2: 30 Christine Legge from Warmhearts Pallative Caregivers Sudbury-Mantioulin will present on End of Life Care and Issues in Pallative Care

2:45 - 4:15 Julie Ozawagosh, Elder from Whitefish Lake First Nation will present on an Aboriginal Approach to End of Life Care

4:15 The Waabishki Mkwaa (White Bear) Singers will perform a Welcome Song and an Honour Song

4:30 - 5:30 AGM



Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Native Human Services Social Work

Aanii, Boozhoo, Welcome

Welcome to our blog site. This site is for the School of Native Human Services Alumuni, Students, Faculty, staff and Friends. This site provides information, knowledge and skills for those working and learning in the area of Native Social Work. We also invite you to share information about your experiences with us. Miigwech