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Algoma University’s School of Social Work: A leader in Indigenous-focused education

The Bachelors of Social Work program has fully embraced the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action 1

Algoma University’s School of Social Work has been recognized by Indigenous Watchdog as one of the top programs in Canada for its strong Indigenous focus.

The Bachelor of Social Work and the newly launched Master of Social Work programs have implemented mandatory courses covering three specific elements identified in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Call to Action 1: educating and training social workers about the history and impacts of residential schools, the potential of Aboriginal communities and families to provide more effective solutions for family healing, and the impact of the residential school experience on children and caregivers. 

Algoma University’s School of Social Work demonstrates a heightened commitment to truth and reconciliation, aligned with the University’s Special Mission of fostering cross-cultural learning and community engagement. Accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education(CASWE), Algoma’s program exemplifies excellence in integrating Indigenous perspectives and promoting culturally competent social work practices.

“We are extremely proud to be recognized for our efforts in centering and integrating Indigeneity and Truth and Reconciliation into our social work programming,” said Director of the School of Social Work and Assistant Professor at Algoma University Rose Ann Torres, PhD.“We believe in leveraging and integrating Algoma University’s Special Mission of cross-cultural learning and community engagement in all aspects of our programming.”

The commitment to integrating these essential topics into the Social Work curriculum underscores Algoma University’s dedication to fostering reconciliation and culturally competent social work practices. By addressing the TRC’s Call to Action 1, Algoma U not only enriches the educational experience of its students but also contributes significantly to the broader societal goal of reconciliation and healing.

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