Abolition and Transformative Justice: Re-Imagining Social Work

Start Date:11/24/2021

Start Time:1:30 PM EST

Duration:90 minutes


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This is part of a 3-part series with the Centre of Indigegogy situated within the Master of Social Work (MSW) Indigenous Field of Study program at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Abolition is not only about dismantling colonial and carceral systems – it is about building the world we want to live in. In the final webinar of this three-part series, abolition and transformative justice through a decolonial lens will be introduced as a path forward for social work.  Participants will be invited to re-imagine their social work practice, teaching, and research with an eye towards Indigenous sovereignty, Land Back, resurgence, and self-determination. 

Webinar Objectives 

1. Introduce participants to abolition and transformative justice through a decolonial lens 
2. Examine the implications of abolition and transformative justice for social work practice
3. Explore current social movements working towards Indigenous sovereignty, Land Back, resurgence, and self-determination and identify social work’s responsibility to centre these efforts in practice, research, and education.

Part 1: Decolonizing Social Work Practice, Education, and Research
Part 2: Defunding the Police: Implications for Social Work

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Giselle Dias, MSW, RSW

I am a queer, disabled, mixed race, Metis community organizer, activist, and scholar. I often say that my ancestors travelled the globe to ensure my presence in the world. My grandparents traveled from India, Seychelle Islands, England, Ireland and across Northern Turtle Island. I am in the third year of the PhD program at Laurier in the Faculty of Social Work, Indigenous Field of Study (IFS) and am the Program Coordinator at the Centre for Indigegogy. I have been working in the field of prisoners’ rights, penal abolition, and transformative justice for 25 years.

Jessica Hutchison, PhD Candidate

I am a white settler activist-scholar pursuing my PhD in social work at Wilfrid Laurier University. My research explores the gendered, racialized, and colonial impacts of strip searching in women’s prisons. I have been a prisoners’ rights advocate for nearly 15 years and teach in social work and critical criminology. I am also a Project Coordinator with the Centre for Indigegogy and am deeply committed to dismantling colonial systems that perpetuate harm and violence.

Alexandra Zannis



Alexandra is the Social Policy and Communications Coordinator at the Canadian Association of Social Workers. (She/Her) Alexandra est la Coordinatrice des politiques et du communication de l'Association canadienne des travailleuses et travailleurs sociaux (Ella/La)