Algoma University School of Social Work Partners with Oshki-Wenjack Education Institute

Pathway program for Indigenous students starts in May 2023

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SAULT STE. MARIE, ON- Monday, May 29, 2023): On May 27, 2023, the Algoma University School of Social Work and  Oshki-Wenjack Education Institute welcomed the first cohort of Indigenous students in the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program that will be delivered from June-August in Thunder Bay, Ontario at the Oshki campus. 

The School of Social Work has worked closely with Oshki-Wenjack to pursue the pathway forward for Indigenous students who graduated with their Social Service Worker- Indigenous Specialization Diploma,  Indigenous Wellness Addictions and Prevention Diploma, and other programs. Through this collaboration, graduates of the above-mentioned programs can begin studies at Algoma University in the Bachelor of Social Work Program.

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“I am really happy to see 25 full-time Indigenous students in the Spring term joining our program through our partnership with Oshki-Wenjack Institute. It has been a very rewarding experience to work with them. We are expecting more students in the Fall. We are very excited about our partnership and look forward to delivering a critical anti-oppressive Social Work program in the Indigenous communities.”  
– Dr. Rose Ann Torres, Director & Assistant Professor, Algoma University School of Social Work

“I am deeply grateful to the School of Social Work and the Oshki-Wenjack Education Institute for forming this great partnership and paving the way for 25 Indigenous students to join our Social Work program.  This is yet another outstanding opportunity for Algoma University to serve its Special Mission and provide in-demand, work-ready education opportunities for northern students in the North.”

– Dr. István Imre, Acting Dean, Humanities, Social Sciences and Cross-Cultural Studies and Associate Vice-President, Academic at Algoma University.

“Our graduates have been asking for the Bachelor of Social Work degree for some time now and it is exciting to see that the inaugural class will begin May 2023. I want to thank the Algoma University team for collaborating with Oshki-Wenjack to make this degree possible.” 
– Lorrie Deschamps, President at Oshki-Pimache-O-Win


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