Webinar event date: 
Oct 27, 2021 1:30 pm EDT
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Situated within the Master of Social Work (MSW) Indigenous Field of Study program at Wilfrid Laurier University. Our centre opened in June 2017 with the launch of our Indigenous Peoples Certificate in Indigegogy (formerly the Indigenous Educators Certificate in Indigegogy) and our Decolonizing Education Certificate

This is part of a 3-part series with the Centre of Indigegogy situated within the Master of Social Work (MSW) Indigenous Field of Study program at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Recent calls to defund the police have put social work in the spotlight as a possible alternative to policing. However, social work functions largely on the same colonial and carceral logics of policing (e.g., surveillance, coercion, and punishment). In this webinar, participants will be encouraged to consider how they engage in carceral social work at an individual and organizational level, and to identify changes they can make in their practice, teaching, and research. Practical examples of anti-carceral social work will be introduced and discussed. 

Webinar Objectives 

1. To explore how social work functions through colonial and carceral logics (e.g., surveillance, coercion, control)
2. To identify ways social workers reinforce these colonial and carceral logics both personally and professionally
3. To provide examples of how social workers can engage in anti-carceral social work practice, research, and education