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IMPORTANT NOTICE – Opening Ceremony Room Change

Please note that the Opening Ceremony location has been moved to Ryerson Theatre (KHN162).

Interrogating Social Work’s Role
in “Nation” Building


Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario
May 29 to June 1, 2017

Congress Registration

Please note that all conference attendees must register at the Congress Registration. Visit the Congress Registration Desk when you arrive onsite to pick up your receipt, official access badge and registration package. The Congress Hub will be located in the Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Ryerson University (PLEASE see campus map).

The hours of operation are:
• May 26 – 10:00 to 17:00
• May 27 to June 1 – 7:30 to 17:00
• June 2 – 7:30 to 14:00

Once you have registered for the Congress, you will need to proceed to the CASWE-ACFTS Registration/Information Desk to pick up your conference program.

CASWE-ACFTS Registration

Where: ENG-Engineering LG14
When: Monday, May 29 to Thursday, June 1ST
Time: 8:00-17:00



The 2017 Conference of the Canadian Association for Social Work Education will be held at Ryerson University, from May 29th to June 1st, 2017 within the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The conference will convene participants from across Canada for five days of meetings, sharing, learning and networking opportunities.

In order to register for the association conference, you must first register as a participant of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. All conference attendees, including presenters, panelists and those wishing to attend sessions, must pay both the Congress fee and the CASWE-ACFTS conference fee. Register before March 31st for the Congress early bird rate!

Register for Conference Today… but renew your membership first to get the best pricing!

To receive a reduced rate on our association conference, become a CASWE-ACFTS member or renew your membership before registering for the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. 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!


 Keynote Speakers

Christina Sharpe is a professor at Tufts University in the department of English and the programs in Africana and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her second book, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, was published by Duke University Press in November 2016 and was named in the Guardian as one of the best books of 2016. Her first book Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects was published in 2010, also by Duke University Press. She is currently working on a critical introduction to the Collected Poems of Dionne Brand (1982-2010) and two monographs: Thinking Juxtapositionally and Refusing Necrotopia. She is the recipient of a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Tufts University Deans’ Research Semester. She has recently contributed an essay (Love is the Message) to the book produced to accompany Arthur Jafa’s first solo exhibition Love is the Message, The Message is Death. She has also published essays recently in The Black Scholar and The New Inquiry.


Kikélola Roach is Unifor Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice & Democracy. With a bilingual education and an upbringing that emphasized the value of community engagement, Kikélola Roach has worked as an advocate, community organizer, workshop facilitator, and public speaker.  Kiké completed her undergraduate studies at McGill University before obtaining her Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.  She completed her second year of law school at the Université Jean Moulin – Lyon III, in Lyon, France where she received a D.E.U.F. As a lawyer, she has been an advocate for accountability and reform in policing and detention centres for many years.  She has represented families and grassroots organizations on such high-profile cases as the Coroners’ Inquests into the deaths of Kenneth Allen, Jeffrey Reodica, and Duane Christian.  She was counsel for individuals in civil lawsuits against the state for assault and battery, wrongful detention, negligence and breach of Charter Rights.  She has represented clients at all levels of court, including as assistant counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada in the election law case Figueroa v. Canada (AG). Kiké is co-author of the book Politically Speaking (with Judy Rebick), a series of lively conversations on Feminism and Canadian politics.

Decolonizing the Academy through Leadership, Art and Action

As many post-secondary institutions are preparing to take up the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, this group of Indigenous presenters will share the work they are currently involved in to decolonize the academy. From the national to the local, this group of leaders, Elders, artists and educators, will share their unique methods of initiating truth telling as the beginning process of working towards reconciliation.


Dr. Cyndy Baskin is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Ryerson University. Of Mi’kmaq and Celtic Nations, she is of the Fish Clan and is known as the Woman Who Passes on the Teachings.She is the academic coordinator of Ryerson University’s Chang School of Continuing Education Certificate in Indigenous Knowledges and Experiences in Canada, serves as the chair of Ryerson University’s Aboriginal Education Council and is the board president of Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto.



Joanne Dallaire, Shadow Hawk Woman of the Wolf Clan, is Cree Omushkego with ancestry from Attawapiskat, Ontario. For the past 10 years, she has worked at Ryerson as an Elder and Traditional Counsellor. While Joanne is most often found working closely with Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services and the Aboriginal Education Council, her services are available to the entire Ryerson community. In her role, she provides traditional openings and closings, presentations, information on Aboriginal issues and training and counselling for Aboriginal events or ceremonies and more. Joanne has spent over 30 years in the areas of counselling, advising and educating Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal individuals and organizations on various Aboriginal topics. In 2011, she was celebrated at Ryerson with an Honourary Doctor of Laws Degree by the Faculty of Community Services for her tireless and many achievements. As a leader, Joanne’s philosophy is to shine a light on the path for others, empowering them to make their own choices, and assisting them with recognizing their own leadership qualities. For Joanne the most important part of leadership is listening and this necessitates one to be silent. As a counsellor, she finds this helps bring issues to the surface and often leads individuals to find answers for themselves. In turn, this enables the individual to be proud of who they are, and know that they can contribute and make a difference.


Dr. Shelly Johnson (Mukwa Musayett – Walking With Bears) is of Saulteaux First Nation (Keeseekoose) and Norwegian ancestry.  She is a Canada Research Chair in Indigenizing Higher Education and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at Thompson Rivers University, which is located on the unceded and occupied territory of the Secwepemc people. She is a former Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) and instructor at the University of Victoria. She is also a former CEO and founder of a delegated urban First Nations child and family agency in Victoria, a provincial policy analyst, statutory social work supervisor and social worker. Her Indigenist research agenda includes First Nations therapeutic jurisprudence, Indigenous culture and language revitalization and Indigenous child welfare. Shelly is currently a PI and co-PI on four national and international research projects totaling over $3M. Her work is grounded in the principles of Indigenous legal sovereignty, cultural self-determination, and activism. Shelly serves on the national board of directors of the Canadian Association for Social Work Education, chairs the national Thunderbird Circle – Indigenous Social Work Educators Network and is a member of the American Indian and Alaska Native Social Work Educators Association. In 2015 she was appointed by the BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit, Union of BC Indian Chiefs and the Native Courtworkers and Counselling Association of BC to serve a three year term on the BC Aboriginal Justice Council.


Danny Beaton, Turtle Clan Mohawk, Native Environmentalist and Educator. Danny Beaton is a Mohawk Turtle Clan of the Six Nations Confederacy. He has been the Executive Director of the Artist/Environment Forum Inc. for 25 years, promoting all forms of communication that link the arts with environmental concerns. Danny now dedicates his life to educating people and students about Traditional North American Native Perspectives on Environmental Protection and Indigenous Cultures. With the Artist/Environment Forum, Danny initiated environmental education programs into Ontario classrooms with Traditional Native Elders teaching native values and culture to students and teachers. He has been involved in the educational system for over 25 years and has had experience in working with all age-groups, from elementary school pupils to university students. He has collaborated for 10 years with the Native Child and Family Services in Toronto, fostering and healing native children through traditional native teachings and values, healing ceremonies, art and music. He also collaborated as a counselor with Native Brotherhood in the prison system. Danny has received national recognition as a photographer and writer. His photographs have appeared in Nature Canada, BBC Wild Life, The Toronto Star, and other publications. He is a feature writer and photographer for two national native publications, News from Indian country and First Nations Drum. Danny Beaton lecturer at forums, conferences, schools, universities, colleges, and native gatherings about environmental protection and indigenous wisdom. He produced and directed 4 films which were broadcasted on national television. The films are being used in university curriculums across Canada. For 25 years, Danny has been as student of the Traditional Circle of Indian Elders and Youth – a coalition of grassroots spiritual leaders of North America, based in Bozeman, Montana. He studies traditional native flute music with Professor Ed Wapp at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. www.dannybeaton.ca


Disrupting and celebrating: An evening of art, performance, poetry, and music
Tuesday May 30  //  Doors 7:00 pm, Show 8:15 pm  //  Free Public Event

Join us for a night of transformative cabaret to honour the power of art to evoke, inspire and engage!  This evening which brings together artists, poets, and performers is part of the activities of the local organizing committee of the Conference of the Canadian Association for Social Work Education as part of the 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. This is a community event open to all


Christine King Waubkuniikwe n’dzhinikaaz, Migizi n’doodem I am an activator/learner/sharer of Anishinaabe ways of knowing and doing, bringing teachings and culture into my wholistic healing practice through ceremony, songs, and land-based activities.

Tara Farahani is a multi- disciplinary artist, woven by her identity and experience as a Queer Iranian woman. With her work, she seeks to provoke thought and inspire emotion. She wants to be the words that give you goosebumps.

Yahya El-Lahib & Ishag Ahmed “ Jumping Beats” A conversation through drumming pulses that brings together diverse Arab and African rhythmic beats.

Axel Blows is a fierce- as- fuck, genderqueer fluid femme top with a penchant for six- inch heels and a passion for acrobatic pole dancing – back the fuck up.

Taien Ng-Chan is a writer and media artist whose work investigates everyday urban life through hybrid forms of experimental and locative cinema, cartography, poetry, and documentary. She is also a founding member of the artist-research collective Hamilton Perambulatory Unit.

Patricia Wilson and Drew Rowsome have been kicking around playing in Crackpuppy for longer than most people can remember. Still they love it so and love those that love it. Both Drew and Patricia are writers and practice that ritual daily. They are glad to be here but really as Keith Richards says they “are glad to be anywhere.”

Emcee Karen Arthurton


Its not Pretty, Its Wild and Beautiful.

Anna Camilleri, Arun Bryson, Heather Bain, J Toto, Jinx, Jumbo, Karen Arthurton, L Toto, Leanne Powers, May Brand, Mée Rose, Nataleah Hunter Young, Pete Commanda, Rosa Mindreau, Sandy Watters, Sonya Reynolds, Stephanie Latty

The textile is a recreation of an iconic poster that Arturo made for the Ramones’ live shows, which later hung in his loft.  Artists were invited to read Ken Moffatt and Heather Bain’s interview transcripts and celebrate, critique and/or respond to Arturo’s musings, which included themes of art, drugs, immigration, following your intuition, a love of music and male musicians, reflections on celebrity, the history of the Ramones, and his pivotal role within the band. This textile is the collective work of 17 artists.

Decolonizing the image: A hybrid visual discourse of space, place and belonging

Samantha Wehbi.

Reflecting on themes of diasporic existence and displacement, this installation invites participants to enter the world of the artist through the medium of a writing desk where participants are invited to share their thoughts anonymously on themes related to hybrid identities and belonging. These thoughts are recorded on postcards illustrated with original photographs that hold in the same frame literally and metaphorically urbanscapes constructed from original images taken in Lebanon and Canada. This hybrid form of representation seeks to decolonize the image through challenging the separateness of global contexts, and demonstrating power continuities.  In doing so, the installation reclaims a form, the postcard, that has historically been used to reproduce colonial/neocolonial conceptions of place and belonging. Completed postcards are displayed on the desk for other participants to read/respond to as a way to encourage ongoing conversation.

Andil Gosine

Cane Portraiture is a travelling performance series that invites participants to sit for portraits in front of sugarcane.  Its first iteration was conceived for the first annual Indo-Caribbean Alliance Gala at the Jamaica Performing Arts Centre, in Queens, New York.  On May 30th — publicly celebrated as “Indian Arrival Day” in Trinidad and Tobago — the artist shares larger scale images from that first performance (originally held in 2012).

DJ Tom Cable has been making playlists since the golden age of recording radio songs on cassette tapes. As his muse Madonna once said, “music makes the people come together.”

Curated by Ken Moffatt


2017 Conference Planning Committee

  • Susan Silver, Program Chair (School of Social Work, Ryerson University)
  • Henry Parada (School of Social Work, Ryerson University)
  • Ken Moffatt (School of Social Work, Ryerson University)
  • Kristie Wright (School of Social Work, Ryerson University)
  • Dawn Onishenko (School of Social Work, Ryerson University)
  • Suzana Milosevic (School of Social Work, Ryerson University)
  • Samantha Wehbi (School of Social Work, Ryerson University)
  • Sheri McConnell (CASWE-ACFTS Board Representative)

See you at Conference!