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2017-2018 Individual Membership is now open! Please click on this link: 

 Individual Membership


CASWE-ACFTS President Signs on to Call for Action: Social Work for Social Justice: A call to Action

The U.S. Presidential Election (2016) has highlighted the complex and intersecting oppressions experienced by those who are Indigenous, racialized, LGBTTIQQ2SA*, gender nonconforming/fluid, women, those living with disabilities, migrants, and those who have non/precarious status within and across nation-states. At this critical moment in our global history, we—social work students, faculty, staff, administration and alumni across Canada— acknowledge our personal, professional, and ethical responsibility to respond to the increasing racism, colonialism, sexism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism, classism, and white nationalism experienced by those who are marginalized.For more information please click on the following link: A call to action – CASWE-ACFTS.


Dr. Peter Donahue is a Recipient of an OASW Award

Dr. Peter Donahue believes that his social work training and education have provided him with the tools to successfully navigate future pathways that await him in his career: “The application and embracing of basic foundational social work skills have opened so many doors for me and created opportunities that I never would have dreamed existed when I started on my social work journey.” Peter Donahue, B.Sc., B.A., MSW, Ph.D., RSW, is Director, Graduate Program Chair and Associate Professor of King’s University College’s School of Social Work at Western University since 2015.  For more information please click on the following link: Inspirational Leader Award.


Dr. Shelly Johnson Appointed as a Canada Research Chair

Congratulations to Dr. Shelly Johnson who was been appointed as a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Indigenizing Higher Education, at the Faculty of Education and Social Work, Thompson Rivers University (TRU). Dr. Johnson (Mukwa Musayett) is Saulteaux from Keeseekoose First Nation in Saskatchewan. This is the world’s first research Chair in Indigenizing higher education. Dr. Johnson is a recognized leader in Indigenous research methodologies and leadership. She begins her position in January 2017. For more information please click on the following link: Indigenizing Higher Education.


Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard Appointed to Senate

Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard, professor at Dalhousie University’s School of Social Work, has been appointed to the Senate of Canada.Dr. Bernard, who also serves as the university’s special advisor, diversity and inclusiveness, becomes the first African Nova Scotian woman to serve in the Senate Chamber. Following changes made to the Senate selection process by the federal government in 2015, Dr. Bernard applied to represent Nova Scotia in the Chamber this past summer. Dr. Bernard has taught and conducted research in the area of anti-oppression and diversity at Dalhousie since 1990, served as director of the School of Social Work from 2001-2011 and took on the role of special advisor, diversity and inclusiveness earlier this year. She says her academic work will inform her approach as a Senator. Please click here for more information.


The Three Pillars of Social Work sign Historic Agreement

The Canadian Association for Social Work Education – l’Association canadienne pour la formation en travail social (CASWE-ACFTS), the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators (CCSWR), and the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) met in Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 12, 2016 to sign a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The purpose of the MOU is to foster communication, connection and collaboration among these three pillars of the profession. For more information please click on the following link: Intersectoral Committee Terms of Reference


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2016-2017 Action Plan

The 2016-2017 Action Plan re-affirms the four overall directions articulated in last year’s Action plan. In addition, this year’s plan identifies specific initiatives that have arisen as a result of several board planning sessions. These initiatives recognize the current context of our work and serve to actualize the newly approved statement of Vision, Mission and Principles. We invite members to join us by becoming active in any of the Working groups identified below.

Please contact the National Office and they can connect you with the lead BOD member for each working group.

1. Active support for and/or engagement in the AIFRIS conference to be held in Montreal in summer of 2017 at l’Université du Québec à Montréal.

2. Development of a protocol relating to international field placements: A working group consisting of members of the Field Education Committee and the International Affairs Committee will be established to draft the protocol.

3. Marking the first year anniversary of the Call to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission through the following three initiatives:

    • Working group to prepare a statement of social work complicity in colonialization;
    • Thunderbird Circle will finalize the Accord on Indigenous social work education for adoption and promotion within CASWE-ACTFS member institutions;
    • Working group to explore the development of a Memorandum of Understanding with National Indigenous Accreditation Board.

4. Development of a CASWE-ACFTS web-based Resource Repository: A working group will be formed to develop a proposal, outlining budgetary and human resource requirements to facilitate the sharing of pedagogical resources, templates, exemplars, and research information;

5. Succession planning. Another working group will be established to develop succession planning policies, and develop a plan for succession.

 Approved by the members June 1st, 2016.