Critical Social Work from Indigenous Perspectives
EditorMcKenna, T; Moodie, D; Onesta, P
Source TitleIndigenous Knowledges Privileging Our Voices
University of Melbourne Author/sAbur, William
AffiliationMelbourne School of Health Sciences
CitationsAbur, W. (2021). Critical Social Work from Indigenous Perspectives. McKenna, T (Ed.). Moodie, D (Ed.). Onesta, P (Ed.). Indigenous Knowledges Privileging Our Voices, (11), Brill.
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Social work has a critical role in supporting families, young people and others with complex needs, such as the elderly and those with disabilities. This chapter discusses critical social work from the perspective of Indigenous social workers who have experienced some forms of institutional marginlisation and also worked with marginalised community groups, using cultural knowledge to address a number of institutional injustice issues and practices. Social workers working with Indigenous community groups constantly experience and witness the challenges faced by those communities, including isolation within educational institutions. Social work as a profession is a growing area in Indigenous community groups because of social justice problems and historical marginalisation through colonial practices. Writing as a social work lecturer within an Indigenous educational institute, I recognise that social work has a significant role to play in Indigenous communities. It can empower people to speak up and speak the truth, supporting people through journeys of pain and healing, as well as acknowledging their experiences and cultural knowledge by validating those experiences. While walking alongside students and their families, social work lecturers bring their knowledge and their own experiences to enhance social work courses at university.
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