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Conference 2017

The 2017 CASWE-ACFTS Conference will be held at Ryerson University within the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Congress will be held from May 27 to June 2, 2017. Further information will be posted as it becomes available.


Conference 2016

Programme 2016 – Final

Daily Presentation Schedule – Final

Schedule at a Glance – Final



National CASWE-ACFTS Conference 2016

Energizing social work communities:

Bridging passion, theory, research and practice

May 30th to June 2nd, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

 The University of Calgary is pleased to invite social work colleagues to the 2016 CASWE-ACFTS Conference, a component of the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. This year, the theme for the Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress is “Energizing Communities.”

The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation’s most enterprising city. Ranked among the top 10 universities in the world under 50 years of age, and the highest ranked of such schools in Canada, the University of Calgary is a vibrant and dynamic institution. As a community it enjoys the contributions of over 30,000 students, 1800 faculty, 200 academic programs, and a dynamic, committed community.

The Faculty of Social Work is a founding school at the University of Calgary. It too will enjoy its 50th anniversary in 2016 and welcomes the opportunity to celebrate by hosting social work academics from across the country. The faculty delivers BSW and MSW programs across all of Alberta, and offers one of Canada’s largest PhD programs. It is also one of Canada’s largest social work schools, with approximately 45 faculty members and 900 students across our three campuses in Calgary, Edmonton, and Lethbridge. The faculty is known for its creativity in developing accessible program delivery models, its range of degree specializations, and the scholarly activity of its faculty members.

The theme selected for our national CASWE-ACFTS conference is Energizing Social Work Communities: Bridging Passion, Theory, Research and Practice. The selection of this theme is based upon two distinct influences. The first is Alberta’s unique spirit, which is characterized by optimism, energy and innovation. We are a province focused on creating positive futures and our conference theme reflects that perspective. The second influence is social work’s bourgeoning capacity and the many emerging opportunities we have to positively shape our society. We believe the profession offers a unique ability to bridge passion, theory, research and practice. It is this integration that the world most needs to create and sustain social justice and the well-being of all peoples.

Our conference invites you to discuss issues that are of critical importance to social work education, but also to share our sense of optimism and the gifts that social work brings to society.


Dr. Wilton Littlechild

Mai 30 – 5pm – 9pm at Murray Fraser – 162


Dr. Wilton Littlechild has the distinction of being the first Treaty First Nation person to acquire his law degree from the University of Alberta in 1976. He holds a Master’s Degree in Physical Education. In 2007, the University of Alberta bestowed upon him a Doctor of Laws Degree for his outstanding achievements, including his leadership in human rights, contributions to the world of sport and representation of Indigenous Peoples in the international community. Since 1965, Dr. Littlechild has won more than seventy-five provincial, regional, national and international championships, serving as a Coach and organizer of sports eventmany times. He has also been inducted into seven Sports Halls of Fame he continues to participate as a senior/master athlete at the Canada Senior Games, World Masters Games mainly in hockey, swimming and triathlon. He was honored as the first Indigenous Torch Bearer named for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games as well as Ambassador for the Olympics.

Dr. Littlechild is a respected lawyer, advocating for the rights of Indigenous Peoples, avidly promoting self-determination and Treaty implementation. Dr. Littlechild has served as the Chairperson for the Commission on First Nations and Métis Peoples and Justice Reform in Saskatchewan. He currently is a Commissioner with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

As a Member of Parliament from 1988 – 1993, Dr. Littlechild served on several senior committees in the House of Commons and was a parliamentary delegate to the United Nations. The Chiefs of Treaties 6, 7, 8 (Alberta) appointed him as the Regional Chief for the three Treaty territories in 2006. The Chiefs of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations in a traditional ceremony honoured Willie by appointing him as the International Chief for Treaty No. 6 Confederacy, which was recognized and adopted by the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs of Treaties 6-7-8 (Alberta). He has drafted and negotiated legislation and agreements regarding oil and gas industry and specific claims on his people’s lands.

Dr. Littlechild represented North America for two three-year terms as the North American representative to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. He currently serves as an Expert Member of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which provides advice to the UN Human Rights Council.

He is married to Helen (nee Peacock), father of three and grandfather of eight.

Frances Wright, LLD (Hons)

May 31 – 9am – 10am at Murray Fraser – 162

_JAF4729-4x6cropFrances is very grateful that her parents brought her to Calgary from South Africa when she was six years old.

Calgary has been a great place to receive education (B.A., Psychology/Sociology, U of C but an Hons. B. Journalism at Carleton; Canadian Securities Course); start businesses (Wright Consultants 1975-79; PORTS International 1980-90; Pillow Parlor 1991-93 and MOMpreneur® 2008-2011); and launch foundations (Famous 5 Foundation, Founder/CEO 1995-2004 and the Canadian Centre for Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse – cc4ms, Founder/CEO, 2012-present).

Frances and her friends established the Hazel Gillespie Community Investment Leadership Award in 2007 to honour Hazel Gillespie and celebrate outstanding community investment leaders.  Since 2003, Frances and some of her other friends have hosted Breaking Bread dinners to raise funds for teachers in Afghanistan through Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan.

Frances is the lucky recipient of an Integrity Award from Rotary, the Governor General’s ‘Persons’ Award, the Queen’s Jubilee medal, an Alberta Centennial Medal and in 2014, an Honourary Degree from U of C.

As the happy and proud spouse of Richard Pootmans, our City Councillor for Ward 6, Frances is looking forward to many more years of repaying Canada for allowing her to be a citizen.

Dr. Daniel Verba

June 02 – 9am – 10am at Murray Fraser – 162

Daniel Verba

Daniel Verba, is a french sociologist (http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Verba) at the university Paris 13 (Sorbonne Paris-­‐cité and Campus Condorcet), researcher in the IRIS (Cnrs-­‐ Ehess-­‐Inserm). After a thesis of anthropology supervised by Jean Rouch, he dedicated the main part of his works to the socio-­‐educational policies and to the social professions. He published a lot of articles and books like Violence et absentéisme à l’école (CRDP, 1995), Le métier d’éducateur de jeunes enfants (La découverte, 2014), Echec scolaire : travailler avec les familles, (Dunod, 2006) and Interventions sociales et rôles de l’Etat (Ehesp, 2010). He copublishes with Faïza Guélamine a book about social work social and religious facts in 2014. Daniel Verba managed during 10 years the university institute of Bobigny (University Paris 13).

Presentation ISFR Calgary


Dr. Reg Crowshoe

Mai 30 – 5pm – 9am at Murray Fraser – 162

Dr. Reg Crowshoe (Awakasina)Chief Reg Crowshoe is a member of the Piikuni Nation, which is one of five First Nations communities in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. He is also former elected chief of Piikuni first nation and traditional leader within Treaty seven region. In addition, Dr. Crowshoe is a well-known traditional knowledge keeper, community leader, historian, and ceremonialist. Dr. Crowshoe has a long standing relationship with the University of Calgary and has generously shared and offered his cultural guidance, ceremonial leadership, and traditional knowledge to students, faculty, and senior leadership. Dr. Crowshoe Reggie is widely recognized for his dedication to Piikuni artifacts, traditions, language, culture, and history, and, like his father the late Joseph Crowshoe, was awarded an honorary Doctorate Degree by the University of Calgary in 2001.   Dr. Crowshoe is also the founder of the Old Man River Cultural Society, and he authored the book “Akak’stiman, A Blackfoot Framework for Decision-Making and Mediation Processes”, published by University of Calgary Press in 2002.


Past Conferences:

2015 Conference Program

2014 Conference Program

2013 Conference Program

2012 Conference Program