Annual Conference
June 1 to 3, 2021

Decolonial Dreaming in Social Work Education, Theory, Research and Practice: Reimagining for Today and the Seven Generations to Come

The CASWE-ACFTS Annual Conference will be held in conjuction with the Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences’ Congress 2021. Join us June 1 to 3, 2021, for this three-day virtual experience!

Our 2021 Conference theme, Decolonial Dreaming in Social Work Education, Theory, Research and Practice: Reimagining for Today and the Seven Generations to Come, seeks to honour the Congress theme for 2020, Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism and the theme for 2021, Northern Relations, by centering the work of decolonization through relationality, reconciliation, revitalization, resurgence, and resistance. Turning towards Allan, Hackett, and Jeffery’s (2019) invitation to ground our pedagogical efforts towards imagining and facilitating a decolonial future, we invite Association members, new and returning, to come together to hold ourselves accountable, in relation to each other, to the Indigenous Peoples and traditional teachings of the spaces and lands we occupy, to dream and work towards a social work profession and discipline for the seven generations to come.

Our Keynotes

Amber Dion and Terri Suntjens
This keynote will explore the connection between spirit and trauma-informed work. The presenters draw from their understanding as nehiyaw practitioners and the experiences of working within community. This session creates space to explore wisakacihowin from an Indigenous lens that will honour Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing. The dialogue creates opportunities to learn through stories and build on strategies for professionals working with Indigenous people. The hope is for attendees to have a deeper understanding of both colonial trauma and the importance of spirituality within social work education and practice.

Amber Dion and Terri Suntjens are co-hosts of popular podcast “2 Crees in a Pod,” which strives to honour, recognize and amplify Indigenous voices. Amber and Terri are nehiyaw iskwewak (Cree women) from Treaty 6 territory in Alberta. Both are trained social workers with many years of experience working with Indigenous communities. 

Join us for their keynote address, which will be part of our Opening Ceremony.
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
9am Mountain Time

Conference Registration – NOW OPEN!

To receive a reduced rate on our association conference, become a CASWE-ACFTS member or renew your membership before registering for the Congress. (Our conference rate for CASWE-ACFTS members is $90, $82 for Field Educators, and FREE FOR STUDENT MEMBERS! (Non-members pay $200.)

Association membership runs from April 1st to March 31st of each year and provides you with many benefits, including a reduced rate to attend our conference during the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences! In order to register for the association conference, you must first register for Congress. (Register before March 31st to take advantage of additional savings via the Congress Early Bird.)

All conference attendees, including presenters, panelists and those wishing to attend sessions, must pay both the Congress fee and the CASWE-ACFTS conference fee. 

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