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Dr. Richard B. Splane Lecture in Social Policy

March 27, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Reparations in Social Work: A Progressive Model for Change

with Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard

Black Canadians are owed reparations for the harms endured during enslavement and the harmful impacts that continue to haunt Black Communities. In this lecture, Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard address­es the often-asked question “How do we engage in meaningful reparations?” In 2020, the Canadian Association of Social Workers committed to enter a process of reparation with the Association of Black Social Workers. This historic commitment turned into an in-depth study guided by the three pillars set out by the United Nations Decade for People of African Descent and ultimately seven recom­mendations. Senator Bernard will explore ways in which this model of en­acting reparations may be used in other professions that have historically harmed Black Canadians.

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