Call for Abstracts

The National Indigenous Social Work Conference Planning Committee is inviting abstracts related to the conference theme. Academic, practice and community-based innovations, as well as student and youth presentations are welcome. Presentation lengths of 30 minutes, one hour, and 1.5 hours (longer time slots would include multiple presenters on a similar topic).

Deadline for Submission: Closed
(Selected presenters will be notified by June 17, 2016)

Presentation Formats:

  • Workshops Oral presentations
  • Panel presentations
  • Poster presentations
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Storytelling
  • Academic research
  • Digital or Photo Media
  • Community-based innovations
  • Innovative practices
  • Program Evaluation
  • Circle Talks
  • Art Installations


Topics of Interest – Five Main Themes

1. Response to reports

  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
  • United Nations Draft on Indigenous Peoples
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Amnesty International
  • Hughes Report, 2014 (child welfare)*
  • Preston Report, 2015 (health)*

* To demonstrate respect for the individual and families at the center of these reports, please use the authoring judge when referring to reports rather than individuals' names

2. Challenging policies/government/NGO’s

3. Activism/action/mobilization
“Decolonization is not a metaphor” – Tuck and Wang, 2012

  • Decolonization as action
  • Anti-colonial practices

4. Healing and Practice

  • Linking traditional healing and decolonization

5. Addressing specific practice areas

  • Child Welfare
  • Health
  • Policing
  • Justice
  • Education


Special Edition of Journal of Indigenous Social Development
Presenters have the option to submit an article for a special edition of the Journal of Indigenous Social Development. Please note that the paper must be written and submitted no later than October 15, 2016 in order to be considered for inclusion in the special edition.

Abstract Submission

Presentations proposals will be accepted in English. Paper abstracts and author biographies should be sent as an attachment to the following email address:

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, include full name, affiliation, a brief biography, email address, single-spaced using 12-point Times New Roman font. Abstracts accepted until May 27, 2016.

Any questions regarding the conference or abstract submission can be directed to Amanda Burton at


National Indigenous Social Work Partners

  • Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledges and Social Work
  • Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba