The proposed 2018 CASWE-ACTFS Conference theme and its description:

The 2018 Congress of the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences theme Gathering Diversities -- Diversités convergentes – mâmawinitotân nanâtohkayisiyiniwak evokes the idea of bringing people together in the spirit of building community. The theme selected for our national CASWE-ACTFS conference is “Honouring Reconciliation and Respecting our Differences” .

Reconciliation has significance across the country where respecting and supporting Indigenous cultures and Indigenous social participation are fundamental to our collective sustainability. Honouring the spirit of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission requires social work to take action and implement the Calls to Action in social work pedagogy, research, and practice.

The selection of this theme is also based on our desire to inspire all people to work towards reconciliation and revitalization of common bonds of humanity, to celebrate uniqueness, and to transcend divisions and collectively confront adversities. At our conference, we invite you to participate in restorying social work theory, education, research and practice in ways that honour the spirit of reconciliation and respect our differences. We seek to confront and  transform pressing issues of social injustice, the violence and divisiveness of contemporary political rhetoric, the politics of neoliberal governance and austerity, as well as displacement, forced migration, and belonging /exclusion.


1) ReStorying Social Work:
  • Sharing advances in clinical modalities and practice;
  • Crafting new narratives about social work’s role in society;
  • Exploring developments in administration and administrative social work; and
  • Examining the impact of decolonizing and Indigenizing social work in research, theory, pedagogy, and practice.
2) Revitalizing Efforts Towards Economic, Social and Environmental Justice
  • Challenging cultural and socioeconomic hegemonies in the age of austerity;
  • Environment, sustainability and the neoliberal governance (or Environmental justice and sustainability in the globalized world);
  • Social work in neoliberal society: relationships, dependencies, and obligations; and
  • Displacement, forced migration, belonging and social participation.

3) Reconciliation in Social Work Theory, Education, Research, and Practice

  • Indigenizing social work theory, pedagogy, research, and practice;
  • Challenging the many facets of neo-colonialism and settler colonialism including individual, institutional and systemic racism and racial micro and macro aggressions;
  • Indigenous resistance and narratives/theories/praxes of resilience and resistance ; and
  • Indigenous knowledge of healing and resolution.
4) Gathering Diversities: Bridging Communities and Supporting Partnerships
  • ommunity-based research with rural and Northern communities;
  • Social work practice/research/ education from diverse worldviews;
  • Arts-informed social work practice/research/education;
  • Intersectionality and social welfare; embracing queer, disabled, and racialized identities;
  • Animals, social work, & community healing; and
  • Communication, vulnerabilities & social work

5) Critical Reflections on Canadian Francophonie Realities

  • Creating spaces for Francophone identities, cultures, and communities;
  • Francophone social work: successes, challenges, and lessons learned;
  • Preventing linguistic erosion in Canadian Francophone communities, institutions, and postsecondary education; and
  • Looking to the future: new alliances and opportunities in supporting Francophone youth in Canada