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?