“What Can I Do?”: Teaching Indigenous Content in an Era of "Reconciliation"


  • Ruth Koleszar-Green School of Social Work, York University


Indigenous, social work education, Guests


This article is reactionary to the current discourse about the inclusion of Indigenous content in social work education. I centre this discussion on the history of social work education and the contemporary responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action (2015). Through engaging Guswhenta (the Two Row) wampum and the concept of “difficult knowledge” (Pitt & Britzman, 2013), I outline the potential roles and responsibilities of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators in social work.

Author Biography

Ruth Koleszar-Green, School of Social Work, York University

Ruth is a Kanien'keha woman and a member of the Turtle Clan. Ruth uses she/her pronouns. She also has Celtic heritage. Ruth is an Assistant Professor at York University, School of Social Work. She has a BSW and MSW from Ryerson and a PhD from OISE/University of Toronto. Ruth is an Ista (mother) to two wonderful kids as well as a baby who returned to the Spirit World.