Social Work Activism, Advocacy, and Agency: A Conference of Indigenous Knowledges and Action

“Complacency is a far more dangerous attitude than outrage” – Naomi Littlebear

Across the nation, inquiries and reports regarding the systematic inequities of Indigenous peoples continue to pile up. In spite of the alarming findings across multiple fields – health, justice, child welfare, education, and policing – many Canadians remain complacent, largely leaving Indigenous peoples to contend with these issues. This conference provides a forum for Indigenous voices to highlight and share the resistance and resurgence efforts we are engaging in on a daily basis, as well as examine the responsibility social workers ought to assume in advocacy and in ensuring concerted and meaningful action across disciplines. While there is much work to be done in many ways, decolonizing action can be achieved and these actions should include the use of traditional Indigenous knowledges and healing practices.

This conference is made possible, in part, with funding from the Canada Research Chairs program.

Conference Schedule Updated as of October 20, 2016

Sunday October 23, 2016

Monday October 24, 2016

Tuesday October 25, 2016


Keynote Presentation: Dr. Kathy Absolon, Sunday October 23, 2016

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Thank you to our generous funders who, through their support, have made this conference possible:

Office of Indigenous Achievement - University of Manitoba

Endowment Fund - Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba

Conference Sponsorship Program - University of Manitoba