Indigenous Kinship Structures and Social Work Practice
The community is the fundamental reference point for an Indigenous person. It is a source of identity development, for validation, for learning of culture (language, dance, ceremony, etc.), and for construction of the whole person (mental-spiritual-emotional-physical). Practice in the community setting is made up of understanding kinship structures, community solidarity, community action and community nurturing for the present generation and for future generations. This course enables students to examine the phenomenon of community in the lives of Indigenous populations, and how interventions into these contexts are an expression of healing processes.