New Practice Resource: Ethical and Competent Responses to Anti-Indigenous Racism – A Conversation with Cheryl McPherson, RSW

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is pleased to share a new practice resource on ethical and competent responses to anti-Indigenous racism. As noted in the fall issue of Perspective, the College’s Director of Professional Practice, Christina Van Sickle, RSW, met with Cheryl McPherson, RSW, to discuss the intersection of social work and social service work practice and Indigenous worldviews. The College’s conversation with McPherson was in a spoken-word…

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College Statement on the 751 Unmarked Graves Discovered in Cowessess First Nation

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is deeply saddened by the discovery of 751 unmarked graves on the grounds of the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan. This discovery serves as further evidence of Canada’s long history of violence against Indigenous peoples. We mourn with the communities who have lost loved ones and continue to experience pain as a result of Canada’s shameful residential…

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Message from the Registrar and CEO: Honouring 215 Indigenous Children and Reflecting Upon the College’s Role as Regulator

With the horrific news about the remains of 215 Indigenous children being found at a former residential school on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops, British Columbia, all Canadians must face further heartbreaking evidence of the profound harm and ongoing impact of colonization and systemic racism in our country; the College and its members must also recognize the shameful role that the social work and social service work professions have played in perpetuating this…

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