chapter  18
14 Pages

Picking Up What was Left by the Trail: The Emerging Spirit of Aboriginal Education in Canada

ByGord Bruyere

One of the things that draw people into human service, especially the fields of social work and education, is the notion of serving something greater than ourselves, of creating change or working for social justice. Recent developments in Aboriginal social work education in Canada, particularly those at the Aboriginal education institute where I serve, can be seen as symbolic of something far greater happening than the work of one or a small group of individuals. Our current work to cultivate an Aboriginal social work programme intends to nurture Aboriginal cultural identities through course and programme curricula that centre Aboriginal cultural values, beliefs and practices and concurrently prepare graduates of diverse identities to work in Aboriginal and mainstream social work settings. It is a complex undertaking but one that feels like a contribution to something broader than itself or ourselves.