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Statement Supporting the Aspirations of Indigenous Peoples

January 31, 2013

As social work educators and practitioners the members of the Canadian Association of  Social Work Education (CASWE) and Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) applaud the endeavours of the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island, as exemplified in the  Idle No More Movement, to bring attention to recent legislative changes contained in Bill C45. Many of the changes embedded in this legislation privilege economic growth
and resource development at the expense of the social needs and wellbeing of all
Canadians. The vision of Idle No More draws upon Indigenous Ways of Knowing to
protect water, air, land and all creation for future generations. This vision is consistent
with the goals and aspirations of the profession of social work.
Social work is dedicated to promoting the individual and collective wellbeing of all
peoples and to the advancement of social justice. We are aware of the colonial legacy
that impacts the physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples and
of the historical contribution of social work to this legacy. We call upon all Canadian
citizens to join with Indigenous peoples in advocating for laws, policies and practices
that end colonialism and restore right relationships among all Canadians, no matter
their National origins.

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