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National Indigenous Social Work Conference Winnipeg, MB

Indigenous practice & research in social work

Event Date: October 23-25, 2016




Welcome to the following Graduate students working with Dr. Michael Hart:

Amanda Burton – Master of Social Work

Lucy Fowler - Master of Education

Tatiana Murray – PhD in Social Work

Tabitha Martens – Interdisciplinary PhD

Gladys Rowe – Interdisciplinary PhD


Congratulations on the following publications (newest to oldest)


Martens, T. (2016). Land and the food that grows on it: Parting shot. Briarpatch magazine. September/October.

Martens, T., Cidro, J., Hart, M.A. & McLachlan, S. (2016). Understanding Indigenous food sovereignty through an Indigenous research paradigm. Journal of Indigenous Social Development, 5(1), pp. 18-37.

Hart, M. A., Burton, A. D., Hart, K. L., Rowe, G., Halonen, D., & Pompana, Y. (2016). International Indigenous Voices in Social Work. Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Hart, M.A., Straka, S., & Rowe, G. (2016). Working Across Contexts: Considerations of Doing Indigenist/Anti-colonial Research. Qualitative Inquiry

Rowe, G. (2014). Implementing Indigenous Ways of Knowing into Research: Insights into the Critical Role of Dreams as Catalysts for Knowledge Development. Journal of Indigenous Social Development, 3(2), pp. 1-17.

Hart, K., Rowe, G., Hart, M.A., Pompana, Y., Halonen, D., Cook, G., Gosek, G., Deane, L. & Coggins, K. (2014). A Proposed Master of Social Work Based in Indigenous Knowledges Program in Manitoba. Journal of Indigenous Social Development, 3(2), pp. 1-18.

Hart, M & Rowe, G. (2014). Legally entrenched oppression: The undercurrent of First Nations peoples experiences with Canada’s social policies. In H. Weaver (Ed.) Reflections from Turtle Island: Social issues in contemporary Native America. Ashgate.




Speaker Series hosted by The Indigenous Knowledges in Social Work Research Centre

This speaker series highlights Indigenous knowledges in social work practice and research.

Anishinnaabe Giikeedaasiwin, Indigenous knowledge as resilience- Dr. Patricia D. McGuire

November 24, 2015 - 12:00-1:00PM pdf

Ringing Indigenous knowledges anew - Ray Kelly

August 21, 2015 - 12:00-1:00PM pdf

Wholistic recovery & healing: Walking the talk & talking the journey!- Dr. Kathy Absolon

March 3, 2015 - 12:00-1:00PM pdf

Looking after men and boys: Engaging in community led research in Australian Aboriginal communities to improve male social-emotional well-being - Dr. Michael (Mick) Adams with Professor Javelin Troy & Steward Sutherland

February 12, 2015 - 12:30-1:30PM pdf

Evidence-based healing practices older than Columbus: Why they worked, will continue to work, and why it’s necessary to re-embrace Indigenous healing traditions - Dr. Michael Yellowbird

January 29, 2015 - 12:00-1:00PM pdf

Promoting Indigenous cultures promotes health: Examples from youth health & post-secondary education - Dr. Christopher E. Lalonde

November 26, 2014 - 12:00-1:00PM pdf

An open forum on Indigenous research methodologies - Dr. Shawn Wilson

March 4, 2014 - 2:30-3:30PM pdf

The intergenerational impact of Indian Residential Schools & social work practice: Let’s talk - Anishinabe Elder Mary Courchene, Katherine Pompana, Linda Murphy, Maxine Boulanger, & Sylvia Boudreau

March 3, 2014 - 9:00-12:00PM pdf

Indigenous perceptions and their utility in the 21st century - Ed Azure

February 25, 2014 - 12:00-1:00PM pdf

Indigenous Knowledges and Indigenizing the Academy: Transforming Scholarship or Window Dressing?

This forum consisted of two panel presentations on what was needed to create a cultural safe and responsive place for Indigenous peoples to participate and thrive in the academy. While focus of the discussions addressed the incorporation of Indigenous knowledges and practices in the university, discussions were open to addressing the various facets of the academy from community connections, student involvement, administrative leadership and support, research, and teaching.

The panels included students who were asked to share their reflections on how the suggestions by the panelists could impact them.

Event Videos:

Morning Panel, Don Robinson

Morning Panel, Margaret Lavallee

Dr. Shauneen Pete Part One

Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux Part Two

Mr. Ovide Mercredi Part Three



Congratulations to Dr. Marlyn Bennett on your appointment as Assistant Professor in the new Master of Social Work based in Indigenous Knowledges and in the successful completion of your Interdisciplinary PhD at the University of Manitoba.

Congratulations to Michelle Dueck!

Michelle Dueck successfully completed her Master of Social Work and convocated in October 2013. Michelle completed her advanced practice in the use of yoga at Winnipeg School Division's Child Guidance Clinic.

Congratulations to Kimberly Hart!

Kimberly Hart successfully defended her Master of Social Work thesis Tuesday August 5, 2014.

Thesis Title: Healing journeys: Stories of urban First Nations women overcoming trauma

Thesis Abstract: This Master of Social Work thesis focused on the healing journeys of urban First Nations women who have overcome trauma. The purpose of this research study was to develop a deeper understanding of healing and trauma from an Indigenous perspective. This Master of Social Work thesis created space for Indigenous knowledges so that Indigenous perspectives on the aspects of healing and trauma could be brought forward. At the centre of this created space were the voices of urban First Nations women and their shared stories of healing. This qualitative research study applied Indigenous research methodology, which also included narrative research methodology. In this study, the stories of five First Nations women who reside in an urban centre in Manitoba and who were well into their journeys of healing from trauma were explored. Manitoba First Nations traditional values, practice and protocol guided this thesis project to ensure that this research was conducted ethically and respectfully. The Medicine Wheel was used as a conceptual framework to understand the journeys of healing as well as the trauma experiences of the five women within the context of the life stages of human development. The meta-narratives and life narratives of the women provided accounts of their healing journeys. The findings of this research identified the following three overarching themes: living colonized lives, relationships, and healing paths. Recommendations were outlined for future social work research, practice, and education.

Congratulations to Gladys Rowe who received the 2013 Clara Kemila Anderson Memorial Award (Clinical Stream) for her thesis defense.

Thesis Title: Kikiskisin Ná: Do you remember? Utilizing Indigenous methodologies to understand the experiences of mixed-blood Indigenous peoples in identity re-membering

Thesis Abstract: This project expressed a Muskego Inninuwuk methodology as a foundation to explore experiences of individuals who possess both Indigenous and non-Indigenous ancestry in the development of their identities. The use of natural conversations facilitated sitting with and listening to Cree Elders and engaging with the stories of mixed-blood Cree individuals about the stories of their identities. The overall goal of this research was to create a space for individuals to express the impacts of systems, relationships and the ways in which people come to understand their overall wellbeing and connection to ancestors through stories in personal identity development.

Identity is the way that we answer the question who am I? It is a search for a place to belong, to connect to those around us in a way that can provide safety and meaning in how we understand who we are. Individual’s search for belonging, membership and ultimately connection is a natural human desire linked to wellbeing and health. My research explored personal stories and those stories of our ancestors, to reconnect us with our essential and authentic selves. Elders shared with me stories of disconnection and intergenerational experiences that caused diversion from the natural progression of Cree identity development as impacts of colonization. From this they also shared their stories of re-connection and healing. Common experiences expressed by mixed-blood Cree participants highlighted the impact of colonization on their understanding and expression of themselves as individuals and as members of larger community, the complexity that underlies their experiences of identity, and how their understanding of wellbeing is connected to healing.