Interview with Cheryl McPherson, RSW, on Ethical and Competent Responses to Anti-Indigenous Racism

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers invites employers and their social worker and social service worker employees to watch our video interview with Cheryl McPherson, RSW, on ethical and competent responses to anti-Indigenous racism.

The College’s conversation with McPherson, a Haudenosaunee woman, covers a range of important topics, from land acknowledgements to police involvement in mental health wellness checks to College registration. It is in a spoken-word format inspired by the rich storytelling traditions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples living in Canada. As McPherson noted, “The oral traditions and storytelling are important to me. I believe using this format helps decolonize the College’s practice resources.”

We believe this new practice resource will be of tremendous value to employers and their social worker and social service worker employees. We encourage members and their employers to watch the interview in full or in seven segments which are separated by subject.

Strategic Plan

As part of its 2020-2023 Strategic Plan, the College is committed to developing partnerships with Indigenous communities to begin to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s calls to action within the regulatory context. In doing so, we recognize that Reconciliation is an ongoing individual and collective process. For more information about the Strategic Plan, please visit the College website or contact For information and updates related to the College’s commitment to Reconciliation, please visit our Indigenous webpage.

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