We appreciate you taking the time to go on this exploration with us. We hope that the material presented was useful (and enjoyable) for you. We welcome you to share your thoughts in the comment sections throughout the site. Knowledge becomes richer once shared!

As you reflect upon the presented material, we hope that you took the opportunity to engage in the process of locating yourself. As you know, we participated in the same process. Upon our examination, we named the ability to situate one’s self as the biggest implication of our work. Within the context of Social Work, this ability is guided by generalist practice skills. For example, values such as respect and empathy, and principles such as cognizance of cultural diversity, allow us to practice through an anti-oppressive lens while upholding our personal and professional ethics.

Evident in the stories and work that we have shared are the strengths and capacities that Indigenous women have to heal their communities. Even though colonial “divisions have undermined the power of women and caused them to distance themselves from one another, they have resisted and are more determined than ever to come together in support of their communities” (Anderson & Lawrence, 2003, p. 79). In fact, as a consequence of their resistance and their coming together with other Indigenous women, they are building community support networks which have led to the development of friendship centres, social planning bodies, and social justice centres. (Anderson & Lawrence, 2003) Clearly, Indigenous women are making giant leaps to reclaim what is rightfully theirs – respect and collective well being.

Moving forward in practice, we ask you:

In what ways will you support and serve as an ally to Indigenous women specifically in your practice? How might this be different from the way you would support and serve other members of the Indigenous community?