Indigenous Bachelor of Social Work

Overview

The Indigenous Bachelor of Social Work is a two year after diploma program. First Nations
Adult and Higher Education Consortium (FNAHEC) that represents the First Nation colleges
and universities, was guided by community need and Council of Elders to have a program
that was rmly based upon Indigenous ways of knowing. The vision of the Council of Elders
was “communities living in a sacred manner” which was their ethical stance. Maskwacis
Cultural College is one the colleges that will be hosting the program and our goal is to fulll
the need for qualied Indigenous social workers who will practice in a manner true to our
sacredness.
The program will be unique as it will be the rst social work education program that has been
developed by Indigenous peoples, accredited by Indigenous afrmation bodies and
delivered by Indigenous post-secondary institutions. Under the United Nations Declaration on
the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Article 14. 1. “Indigenous peoples have the right to
establish and control their educational systems and institutions providing education in their
own languages, in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods to teaching and
learning.” We strive to have accreditation for our programs under the National Indigenous
Accreditation Board (NIAB).

 

Program Goals

  • Provide social work education that is founded upon Indigenous ways of knowing;
  • Deliver an educational program that is informed by Indigenous epistemology, thereby
    ensuring that learners are provided with an abundance of dynamic experiential
    learning opportunities;
  • Deconstruct the historical impact of colonial expressions of social work with Indigenous
    peoples;
  • Create Learning environments that support learners, faculty, and staff as they engage
    in continuous personal healing; and
  • Ensure that graduates of the program possess the knowledge and skills required to
    conduct their social work practice in ways that honour Indigenous ways of knowing.

Required Courses

Fall Semester – 1st Year

ISWK 3015: Application of Indigenous Ethical Principles and Cultural Protocols
ISWK 3605: Indigenous Worldviews
ILAN 3110.1: Language/Philosophy (1.5 credits)
ISWK 3203.1: Healing through Place, Mindfulness and the Arts (1 credits)
PYSCH 450: Neurobiology of Relationships

Winter Semester – 1st Year

ISWK 3503: Critical Analysis of Generalist Canadian SWK
ISWK 3601: Applying Indigenous Knowledge – Selected Issues
ISWK 3203.2: Healing through Place, Mindfulness and the Arts
ISWK 3300: Community Practice with Families/Communities (75 hours + 9 hours seminar)
ILAN 3110.2: Language/Philosophy
HIST 375: Roots of Imperialism

Spring and Summer Semesters – 1st Year

ISWK 3505: Indigenous Research Methods
ISWK 3300: Community Practice with Families/Communities (150 hours + 12 hours of seminar)

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Fall Semester – 2nd Year

ISWK 4015: Application of Indigenous Ethical Principles and cultural Protocols
ISWK 4601: Applying Indigenous Knowledge – Selected Issues
ISWK 4603: Critical Analysis of International Social Work Practice
ILAN 3110.3: Language/Philosophy
ISWK 3203.3: Healing Through Place, Mindfulness, and the Arts

Winter Semester – 2nd Year

ISWK 4602: Utilizing Indigenous Knowledge to Restore Global Wellness
ILAN 3110.4: Language/Philosophy
ISWK 3203.4: Healing through Place, Mindfulness, and the Arts
ISWK 4300: Community Practice with Families/Communities (75 hours + 9 hours seminar)
Two other University Transfer Courses

Spring and Summer Semester – 2nd Year

One other University Transfer Courses
ISWK 4300: Community Practice with Families/Communities (150 hours + 12 hours seminar)
· ILAN 3110 is 6 credits over four terms
· ISWK 3203 is 6 credits over four terms
· Practicum is 450 hours of eld work + 24 hours of seminar.