Chair: Starr A. Wood
Cochair: Evie Campbell
This Track presents information on First Nations peoples, including Native Americans and other Indigenous Peoples. First Nations Peoples are the original inhabitants of the land. Our societies, cultures, and nations predate the founding of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and other countries that have been established in our territories. As documented by the United Nations, First Nations Peoples are among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of people in the world. We also have many strengths in our communities and cultures. These strengths as well as vulnerabilities must be recognized and incorporated in social work education. Presentations within this Track include content on First Nations Peoples indigenous to the United States (Native Americans including Native Hawaiians and Alaska Natives) and also include content on Indigenous Peoples from other regions. Topics include culturally relevant and respectful research with indigenous peoples; recruitment and retention of indigenous students in social work programs; indigenous faculty and staff in social work academia; contemporary social issues in indigenous communities; the roles of social workers in indigenous communities, past, present, and future; and training social work students to work respectfully and effectively with indigenous clients.