September 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. NLCSW recognizes the importance of this day and is committed to expanding practice resources and continuing professional education offerings that encourage reflection, raise awareness, and foster cultural competence in social work practice.

This commitment was reflected in the annual provincial webinar NLCSW offered this year in conjunction with the College of Registered Nurses NL and College of Licensed Practical Nurses. Building Collaborative Relationships and Fostering Cultural Competency in Providing Safe and Effective Services provided an opportunity for knowledge exchange, reflection, and learning with an expert panel which included Vernon Curran (Memorial University), Chief Eugene Hart (Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation), Megan Hudson (Nunatsiavut Government), Chief Mi’sel Joe (Miawpukek First Nation), Jessica Lyall (Registered Social Worker, Nunatsiavut Government), and Brian Pittman (College of the North Atlantic, Member of the Qalipu First Nation).

This webinar is the latest addition to a growing resource library that NLCSW has compiled to mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Additional resources include:

Standards of Practice for Social Workers in Newfoundland and Labrador: Culture and diversity is one of the 24 standards detailed in this document. Social workers must be aware of and adhere to these standards.

Standards for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice Explanatory Document: This document provides additional clarification and guidance regarding the standards that have been identified to foster cultural competence in social work practice.

Additional Practice Resources:
Ethical Compass – Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice

Additional CPE Events:
Effective Practice and Service Delivery for Inuit: Understanding Historical Trauma
Fostering Cultural Competence in Practice
Assessing and Treating Clients with Complex Needs from within a Four Directions Holistic Framework
Aboriginal Community Social Work: Committing to Anti-Oppressive Practice
Fostering 2SLGBTQ+ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace