Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


(Native Teaching & Helping)

The Board of the Native Social Work Journal, a scholarly and community based publication, is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for Volume 8 of the Native Social Work Journal. The focus for this issue is “Indigenous Social Work Practices and Theories”.

This edition of the journal recognizes that many Aboriginal and Indigenous practitioners, teachers and researchers are engaging in Indigenous practices that draw from Indigenous worldviews and which have been incorporated as best practice models in their various fields. Likewise, there is a revitalization of Indigenous theories that reflect Indigenous worldviews and contemporary contexts. It is therefore timely to invite writers to share their experiences, research and expertise in the area of Indigenous practices and theories.

Authors must submit their articles under the A.P.A. (American Psychological Association) style format. Please follow manual guidelines. Articles should normally be no longer than 5000 words, 20 pages. Papers accepted for publication will have copyright assigned to the Native Social Work Journal; articles previously published or under current consideration for publication elsewhere shall not be considered for publication. Please provide an abstract, double space all material and submit four copies for consideration as well as a memory stick copy using MS Word. An email version may also be requested.

The Native Social Work Journal utilizes a peer reviewed process in the selection of articles and is a registered member of the Canadian Association of Learned Journals.

Deadline date for submission of articles is July 31st, 2011.

Please submit your article to:

Dr. Taima Moeke-Pickering, Co-Editor
Native Social Work Journal
Native Human Services Programme
Laurentian University
Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 2C6
(705) 675-1151 ext 5083 or 5082.

For further information or to receive copies of previous volumes, please contact our office at the phone number above.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

~ Native Social Work Journal ~ Volume 7


Volume 7 "Promising Practices In Mental Health: Emerging Paradigms For Aboriginal Social Work Practices"

Thursday, September 23, 2010

To: All NHS students/faculty and Staff

You are invited to a
Welcome Back Ceremony
on, Monday Sept. 27/2010

Pipe Ceremony
at the Tee Pee
from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
( bring skirts )

Welcome Back Feast in
Room L-239
from 1:00 - 2:00 pm.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Taima's doctoral thesis

Aanii/Kia ora all, finally completed my doctorate in early July 2010. After much hard work and deciding that the scenic route was distracting, I finally arrived at completing my thesis. If you are interested in reading it, you can find it below: Taima

Your submission has been accepted and archived in Research Commons,
and it has been assigned the following identifier:

CollectionHigher Degree Theses
Family NameMoeke-Pickering
First NameTaima Materangatira
Thesis TitleDecolonisation as a social change framework and its impact on the development of Indigenous-based curricula for Helping Professionals in mainstream Tertiary Education Organisations
Year of Submission2010
DegreeDoctor of Philosophy
Thesis LanguageEnglish
Thesis AbstractThis research examined the social and political approaches that Indigenous peoples undertook to situate Indigenous-based education programmes in mainstream post-secondary/tertiary education organisations. Indigenous-based helping programmes assist to progress Indigenous aspirations for self-determination and are sites that center Indigenous worldviews. A decolonisation analysis framework that is embedded in the curriculum deepens students’ understanding about the impacts of imperialism, colonisation and post colonial issues. This thesis involved researching two Indigenous-based programmes that are based within mainstream tertiary institutes. The first is the Te Whiuwhiu o te Hau Maori Counselling degree programme which is based at the Waikato Institute of Technology (WINTEC) in Hamilton, Aotearoa, New Zealand. The other is the Native Human Services Social Work degree programme which is based at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. I start this thesis with “opening the circle” and situating the context for my research. Next is the literature review chapter. This chapter provides a review of decolonisation-colonisation, decolonisation frameworks within Indigenous education, self-determination and Indigenous peoples, and Maori and Native self-determination strategies relevant to health and education. I used a case study method combined with an Indigenous methodology to guide the research. This involved gathering key pieces of information as well as interviewing participants (graduates, tutors/faculty/developers) from each programme. In chapter four is the Te Whiuwhiu o te Hau case study and in chapter five is found the Native Human Services case study. Each case study covers pre-colonial and colonisation contexts and examines assimilative legislation on Indigenous education and health. The backgrounds of social work and counselling, Native social work and Maori counselling are also presented. In the case studies is the background and rationale for the development of each programme, as well as pertinent information on the course content. Chapter six presents on the findings and conclusion and chapter seven “closes the circle”. The main findings highlighted that Indigenous curricula and pedagogies embrace Indigenous theories and discourse relevant to the helping practice fields. Secondly, each programme fosters students to make positive changes for themselves, for their communities, and for their professions. Another finding is that f aculty/tutors promote an inclusive Indigenous pedagogy in th! e classr oom that incorporates cultural ceremonies, encourage personal introspection, builds cultural and professional skills, and teaches critical education. Both programmes reflected a pedagogy that taught students to counter negative narratives while instilling a critical analysis of decolonisation and colonisation. I propose that a decolonisation analysis is both a reflective and healing tool, in that students are provided with the hard evidence about their histories and what happened to their communities. I contend that Indigenous-based programmes contribute to the continuity of Indigenous culture and wellbeing of their communities and, that they play a vital role in advancing Indigenous education priorities.
Supervisor Robertson, Neville
Supervisor Dunlop, Edward
Main Thesis File 1thesis.pdf
List of KeywordsIndigenous Education;Indigenous Research;Indigenous-based Educational programmes;Native Social Work;Maori Counselling;Indigenous pedagogies;

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Indigenous Social Work Conference, Aotearoa, NZ, 2011

International Indigenous Social Workers Wananga 2011

Wananga Title: Indigenous Voices in Social Work: Mana Motuhake - Unique Identities
Date: 1st - 4th February, 2011
Venue: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Waitangi, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Nau mai, haere mai ki Aotearoa. Welcome. We invite Indigenous helping professionals from around the world who work with indigenous peoples and communities to join us at Waitangi, Bay of Islands, Aotearoa/New Zealand. This Wananga will be an opportunity to share new knowledge and skills and to consider the clear messages that we have about our unique ways of looking at the wellbeing of our indigenous peoples.

Visit site at:

Wananga - A Maori (indigenous people of Aotearoa) world view would not use the word conference, but rather the word Wananga. Wananga is a time or a place when people come together to talk and to debate about the important issues of the day or of a group of people. Wananga provides an opportunity to use an indigenous framework in which to learn to teach and to research; to absorb knowledge, and to experience different ways of learning. Therefore we invite you to Wananga with us.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

Native Social Work

A career in social work from a First Nation perspective

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The School of Native Human Services offers an Honours Bachelor of Social Work. In the Ojibwe language, this qualification is called Nishnaabe Kinoomaadwin Naadmaadwin, meaning: the teaching or sharing of the aboriginal perspective in social work practice.

This Native social work degree is the first of its kind in the Sudbury area and is available on a full or part- time basis. Our department, located at the University of Sudbury, is honoured to announce the successful graduation of 204 students, as of October 2009. Of those 204 graduates, 22 have obtained their degree through the Laurentian University Envision program on a part-time basis.

Graduates have enhanced their career choices by obtaining further schooling in education (B.Ed.), legal studies (LLB), graduate studies (MSW) and post-graduate studies (PhD). Graduates are eligible to register with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers (OCSWSSW). They can also apply to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Almost half of our graduates possess their MSW. One student has completed post-graduate studies (PhD) and three are currently completing their PhD studies at the Universities of Toronto and Laurentian University.

With a 95% employment rate, graduates are recruited in both First Nation and mainstream settings in the following areas:

child welfare
Native child welfare
mental health
provincial and federal corrections
Ministry of Community and Social Services
community development
direct service delivery or front line delivery
policy development
research and development for policy and program development
education training and management
health care

Everyone is looking for a rewarding and satisfying vocation. Come to the School of Native Human Services and make your career choice today!

Sharon Corbiere-Johnston, BA, BSW, MSW, is the Access Supervisor for the Laurentian University School of Native Human Services. She looks forward to working with you.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Native Human Services Fact Sheet

NHS FactSheet 08

Taking Enrolments for 2010

Aanii, Greetings

The School of Native Human Services is taking enrolments for 2010. Please see details about the course on the factsheet and brochure. For those seeking a career in social work, and who want to specialize in working with Aboriginal individuals and/or communities, this course is for you. You will receive knowledge and skills from two orientations: Aboriginal traditions and culture and counselling theories and skills. You will also have the opportunity to learn about personal and professional development as well as gain a career in the social work and Native social work fields.

NHS Brochure 08

Monday, January 18, 2010

WINHEC Journal 2010 Edition

Greetings, Aanii, Kia Ora

Below is a call for WINHEC'S 2010 Edition. Some of my colleagues and I wrote a paper in the 2006 Edition called "Keeping our fire alive:Towards decolonising research in the academic setting". This can be found at site:

These journals are a good read especially in the area of Indigenous education. Taima

See below details for the WINHEC Journal 2010 Edition:

World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC): Call For Papers



The World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium invites papers for the 2010 edition of the WINHEC Journal.

The WINHEC Journal is an online and printed publication dedicated to the exploration and advancement of issues related to Indigenous education, culture and language faced by WINHEC nations and members.

The 2010 edition will be published in printed and possibly online in August 2010. The theme of this edition is Indigenous Voices, Indigenous Research.

The deadline for Papers is June 15th 2010.

For more information, including the guidelines for Papers, please contact:

Professor Veronica Arbon This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
2010 Editor
Institute of Koorie education
Deakin University
Geelong, Victoria, Australia

The previous editions can be reached online at