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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.