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UBC Okanagan workshop with Raven Sinclair looks at social work in Aboriginal contexts

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 | 12:39 pm

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At a social work workshop at UBC Okanagan Nov. 14, Raven Sinclair will present her research on cultural identity during the Sixties Scoop, when Aboriginal children were adopted into non-Aboriginal families. (Photo contributed)

At a social work workshop at UBC Okanagan Nov. 14, Raven Sinclair will present her research on cultural identity during the Sixties Scoop, when Aboriginal children were adopted into non-Aboriginal families. (Photo contributed)

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Raven Sinclair, one of Canada’s leading researchers in Aboriginal transracial adoption, will lead a workshop at UBC Okanagan on Saturday, Nov. 14. The workshop will present Sinclair’s research on cultural identity during the era now known as the “Sixties Scoop,” when Aboriginal children were adopted into non-Aboriginal families, as a foundation for exploring innovative approaches to social work with Aboriginal people.

The five-hour workshop is both educational and interactive, providing insight and enhancing skills for social workers working in Aboriginal contexts. The workshop is co-hosted by the UBC Okanagan School of Social Work and the B.C. Association of Social Workers.

Sinclair is a member of Gordon’s First Nation of the Treaty #4 area of Southern Saskatchewan — Cree/Assinniboine and Saulteaux territory. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan, a certificate and bachelor’s degree in Indian Social Work from the First Nations University of Canada, an MSW from the University of Toronto, and a PhD from the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. Her dissertation explored cultural identity in the context of the Sixties Scoop and the transracial adoption of Aboriginal children.

Sinclair is an associate professor with the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Regina and a research affiliate with the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre (CIHR-IAPH) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She recently published the first edited collection on social work issues by Aboriginal scholars titled Wicihitowin: Aboriginal Social Work in Canada.

The Nov. 14 workshop is open to all interested in the topics covered, and runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UBC Okanagan’s Fipke Centre FIP203. The cost to attend is $20, which includes lunch. Pre-register by contacting Debby Hamilton at gndhamilton@shaw.ca.

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