School of Social Work

Nelson Mandela

A tribute to Nelson Mandela

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." Nelson Mandela

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March to resist cuts to social services

Resisting neoliberalism

School of Social Work faculty Cheryl Moir-van Iersel and Yvonne Haist march to demonstrate the school's opposition to cuts to social services.

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Social Work Students work on their journals

Innovative teaching and learning

Students in the summer intensive course "Collaborative Conversations" use art journals to express their thoughts, feelings and questions.

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Graduate, Chelsea Kelly and her instructor Dr. Robina Thomas

June 2015 Convocation Reception

BSW Indigenous Child Welfare graduate, Chelsea Kelly and her professor, Dr. Robina Thomas at the School of Social Work Graduation Reception, June 2015

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Kundoqk, Jacquie Green is first Indigenous director

Our director, Kundoqk, Dr. Jacquie Green (Haisla) is the first Indigenous director of any mainstream post-secondary social-work program in Canada.

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Students, staff and elders

Indigenous specializations

Learn about undergraduate and graduate specializations for Indigenous students.

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Share our commitment. Bring justice to life.

Learn how to impact change with our flexible and innovative programs. Choose from the standard program or one of three specializations in our Bachelor of Social Work program, or develop critical skills with one of our three distinct Master of Social Work programs.

Learn in a supportive environment that promotes equity, respect, responsibility, curiosity, collaboration, risk-taking and creativity.

Learn where you live

Complete your BSW courses through on-campus/distance education delivery or by distance education. You can choose to complete the program by taking a combination of on-campus/blended learning courses and distance education courses.

Indigenous Presence report coverFaculty member, Jeannine Carriere, co-authors the newly completed Indigenous Presence report.

Journal coverFaculty member, Jeannine Carriere, is featured in the First Peoples Child and Family Review Special Edition on Custom Adoptions

Ideafest Social Work LogoIdeafest Panel: Indigenous Social Work in the Neoliberal Era:
Join a diverse panel compiled of students, professors and community members in discussing the importance of Indigenous social work in a neoliberal era and the challenges of putting theory to practice. The panel includes Katherine Richie (co-ordinator for Fostering Education for Youth in Care), Todd Ormiston (sessional instructor for the School of Social Work), and Laurie Harding (Indigenous Cultural Competency Online Program Facilitator at BC Provincial Health Services Authority).

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Linking Theory and Practice:

Victoria Community Based Social Work Agencies meet with UVic faculty, staff and students to discuss the connections between theory and practice in their work.
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BSW Graduate, Annita McPhee, recieves an Indigenous Leadership Award honouring her role as President of the Tahltan Central Council and her work with Aboriginal rights and title, land conservation, mentorship, and responsible economic development. Read her bio online.

Indigenous Specialization LogoIndigenous Practicum Agency Partner, Kwumut Lelum, wins the MLS Community MVP Award.