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Aboriginal Social Work Committee March 14, 2008 Presenters: Co-Chairs: Brenda Gladue, BSW, Karen English, BSW Monica Redcrow, BSW; Willy Alexson, Elder;

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1 Aboriginal Social Work Committee March 14, 2008 Presenters: Co-Chairs: Brenda Gladue, BSW, Karen English, BSW Monica Redcrow, BSW; Willy Alexson, Elder; Kurtis Gladue, Spiritual Helper

2 AGENDA 8:30Opening Prayer – Elder: Willy Alexson; Spiritual Helper: Kurtis Gladue Introductions – Aboriginal Social Work Committee & Members; Terms of Reference; Strategic Goals; Handouts 9:00Cultural Competency: Quiz and Pre-Workshop Evaluation 9:15Video on Diversity and Segregation 9:30Terminology and Aboriginal Protocol 10:00-10:30BREAK 10:30Social Work Code of Ethics: Aboriginal Natural Laws 11:30-1:30LUNCH 1:30Debrief 2:00Foundation of Aboriginal Paradigm: Tipi Aboriginal Model: Found Critical Components (Spiritual, Emotional, Physical, Mental) 3:00-3:30 BREAK 3:30Questions and Answers; Post workshop Evaluations; Closing Video; Best Practices for Aboriginal People Conference Evaluations 4:30Closing Prayer – Willy Alexson; Kuris Gladue

3 The longest journey in your life is from your head to your heart and back again to find balance. Author: unknown

4 Aboriginal Social Work Committee (ASWC) The ACSW recognizes the inherent rights of Aboriginal Peoples in order to change systems that have negatively impacted their lives and communities. The ACSW recognizes that there is a distinct need to address the issues surrounding Aboriginal communities and their social work experiences, and in doing so, seeks the advice of the Aboriginal Social Work Committee.

5 ASWC Mandate The mission of the ASWC is to identify and advise the ACSW on Indigenous issues that it foresees as affecting the needs, methods, delivery and practices of social work. ASWC acts in advisory capacity to the ACSW council on issues related to Aboriginal Social Workers.

6 Aboriginal Social Work "…Regulated members are permitted to provide psychosocial intervention using traditional aboriginal practices if the member has received training and guidance in the use of traditional aboriginal approaches and is recognized by an aboriginal community as being competent in the use of traditional aboriginal practices". (Social Work Regulation, Section 12)

7 Terms of Reference Goals Goals: To advise Council of the diversity of Aboriginal Protocols, Customs, Traditions, Culture, Spirituality and Rituals. To identify and advise Council on Indigenous issues at the international, national, provincial and grassroots level. To encourage the recognition of inherent rights and traditional holistic healing practices. To encourage the development of continued competency requirements that embrace an Aboriginal component. To identify Aboriginal Social Workers and encourage their involvement on ACSW committees, projects and activities. To facilitate the understanding of cross cultural practices and values. To facilitate the acceptance of change with a holistic perspective.

8 ASWC 2008 Strategic Goals Provincial initiative to bring a united voice among Aboriginal people and to create a social change that addresses the socio-economic concerns affecting Aboriginal People.

9 ASWC 2008 Strategic focus Communication – vehicle for Aboriginal news/ events/ initiatives Membership – increase involvement Networking – uniting Aboriginal voices Teaching/Education – cultural relevent Special Projects – Aboriginal model Approval from Council for yearly Budget to cover costs for activities

10 Aboriginal Competency Handouts: Quiz and Answers Resources: ? Educational systems: Cultural education not in curriculum (elementary, secondary, post secondary) Legacy from History: laws, social norms, bureaucracy, values (meritocracy, paternalistic, oppression)

11 Video Indecently Exposed with Jane Elliot

12 TERMINOLOGY and being POLITICALLY CORRECT What is a Spiritual Helper? How do you identify an Elder? WHAT IS THE PROTOCOL? Indian, Aboriginal, Native, Indigenous, ??? Which one???

13 Social Work Code of Ethics Professional Diversity: The COE does not specify which values and principles are most important & which outweigh others in instances of conflict Mainstream identifies self by profession while Aboriginal people identify by family and community Social work is a recognized profession where individuals choose to pursue this career. Aboriginal Helpers are identified by community, Elders or family and sometimes had no choice. Aboriginal community members all have responsibilities to society as helpers and work in various environments ranging from spiritual to community without boundaries by sectors: employment, corrections, child welfare, education, health, political involvement, leaders, etc. Helpers see themselves as social workers in the modern context but not in terms of qualified, licensed practitioner.

14 Social Work Code of Ethics and Aboriginal Laws




18 Best Practices & Standards of Practice The standard of care ordinarily expected of a competent social worker. It means that the public is assured that a social worker has the training, the skill and the diligence to provide them with social work services Best Practices for Aboriginal People would involve criteria that assures the Aboriginal public that a social worker or Helper has the training, the skill and the diligence to provide Aboriginal people with social work services. Ideally, this would mean that social work, as a profession, acknowledges the unique learning in Aboriginal environments that is critical in the development of qualified helpers. Social workers must identify their limitations, and in the intent of best practices, begin to access these qualified helpers.

19 DEBRIEF Thoughts, feelings, questions?

20 Foundation of Aboriginal Model Relationships Community Spirituality Life Mother Earth

21 Foundation Tipi represents: individual, home, community Poles used to build foundation of tipi The 3 poles are the key poles in construction of tipi Poles represent: spirituality, community and relationships All aspects of our Aboriginal culture are built on the philosophies grounded on the values of spirituality, relationships and community Fire represents life, healing: Mother Earth represents all Life. Each is interdependent on the other – pull one away and the other two poles fall.

22 Reaching Our Relations as Aboriginal Helpers in Social Work

23 Aboriginal Paradigm Aboriginal people develop a sense of belonging in communities from their unique connection with spirituality and the strength of their relationships Each key element is connected to each other through various links or aspects that each person experiences in life. Assessments should be extensive to explore all links that connect to an Aboriginal person. Exploration of each aspect in an Aboriginals life will identify the specific links that connect; to supports and the foundation in their life and home; their families, their communities and the relationship with Mother Earth.

24 Aboriginal Model

25 Spiritual - Kurtis Traditional/ Aboriginal European/ Western

26 Emotional - Karen Traditional/ AboriginalWestern / European

27 Physical - Monica Aboriginal/ TraditionalWestern/ European

28 Mental - Brenda Traditional/ HelperWestern/ European

29 Questions/ Answers

30 Video Closing Video – a practicum social worker students learning experience working with Aboriginal people Courtesy of Tina Scott Red Deer College Social Work Program

31 Evaluations Post cultural competency Alberta College Social Work workshop evaluations CLOSING PRAYER

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