chapter  19
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Indigenous Social Work Education: A Project for All of Us?

ByErika Faith

My whole life has been lived at the interface between colonizing and Indigenous ways of being in the world. As a child of missionary parents, I grew up in Nepal where the framework for my parents’ presence was the belief that they were benefiting the local Indigenous Peoples with the technologies, systems, values and the Christian religion of the industrialized world. Back in Canada, as a fourth generation newcomer to the land of Saskatchewan, I had neither a sense of my own Indigenous Nordic roots nor the cultures and world views of the Indigenous Peoples of this land. As a result, questions of identity and place, privilege and power, language and voice, harm and healing, have been woven throughout my personal life, and professional and academic work.