The College is committed to continuing its work on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion as they relate to the materials that we develop and our organizational practices and processes. As part of this commitment, the College will seek to develop partnerships with Indigenous communities to begin to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s calls to action within the regulatory context.
This webpage includes College information and updates related to our commitment to Reconciliation as well as practice resources that may be useful for social workers and social service workers serving Indigenous clients and communities in Ontario. Note: We will continue adding resources and updates as they are developed and become available.
The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers acknowledges the history of the land on which we are gathered. This land is the traditional territory of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Anishnabeg [ah-nish-naw-bek], the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee [hoodt-en-oh-show-nee], and the Wendat peoples. The College’s office, where we are hosting our meeting today, is in the “Dish With One Spoon Territory”, which is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land in the spirit of community.
Today, the province of Ontario is home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis [may-tee] peoples, from the Cree in the northern reaches to the Delaware in the south. Each nation is unique in their beliefs, language and histories, and we gather here in the spirit of openness, with a commitment to continue to recognize and reflect upon the important work ahead. We ask you to join us in honoring this history.
Through its new Strategic Plan, College Council has indicated its commitment to moving forward on the challenging and very important issues of diversity, equity and inclusion as they relate to the College’s regulatory role. This overarching priority encompasses anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, and other forms of systemic oppression which disproportionately affect racialized communities.
Within this priority, the College has made a commitment to developing partnerships with Indigenous communities in order 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.
- College Statement on the 751 Unmarked Graves Discovered in Cowessess First Nation
- Message from the Registrar and CEO: Honouring 215 Indigenous Children and Reflecting Upon the College’s Role as Regulator
- Message from the Registrar & CEO: Facing the Monumental – Regulators and Reconciliation
- Why Action Matters When It Comes to Reconciliation: An Interview with Indigenous Rights Scholar Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos
- The Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice Handbook
As part of the 2020 Continuing Competence Program, College members are required to review the following three resources:
- Practice Notes, “Cultural Humility: A Commitment to Lifelong Learning”
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Reconciliation and Social Work and Social Service Work Practice
Watch Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos’ 2019 Annual Meeting and Education Day presentation on reconciliation and social work and social service work practice.