Webinar event date: 
May 27, 2020 2:00 pm EDT
Webinar Presenters: 

Dr. Kathy Absolon is an Anishinaabe kwe from Flying Post First Nation. Her academic journey has been a pathway of unlearning, healing, re-learning and finding who she is as an Indigenous woman and what her place is in the academy. My Anishinaabe name is Minogiizhigo kwe which translates to mean Shining Day Woman, the one who brings goodness and beauty to the day. Dr. Kathy Absolon is the Director of the Centre for Indigegogy and an Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, Faculty of Social Work, Indigenous Field of Study.

Giselle Dias is Metis (Anishinaabe and Cree) from the Red River, although her ancestors travelled from the four directions (India, Africa, Europe and Turtle Island) to ensure her presence in the world. Giselle is a graduate of the MSW Indigenous Field of Study (IFS) program at Laurier University and is currently in the IFS PhD program. Giselle is also the Program Coordinator at the Centre for Indigegogy.  She has experienced the personal and professional benefits that come when engaged in the learning and practice of Indigegogy. 



Webinar Key Objectives

To present an overview the process of decolonizing through Indigegogy.

Highlight milestones of the decolonizing journey for Indigenous and non-Indigenous social work practitioners and educators.

Begin to introduce participants to knowledge(s) or knowledge sets within a decolonizing journey. 

To foster curiosity and desire to engage in participants own decolonizing journeys.


Webinar Summary: 

This seminar offers an opportunity for participants to get an overview of what it means to engage in their own decolonizing journey. It is a step in understanding why decolonizing must be part of social work practitioners’ and educators’ response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's (TRC) calls for action and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada. 

In this session, participants will begin to explore how decolonizing will influence their social work practice.