School of Social Work Indigenous Statement

Mourning the Children

At the School of Social Work we share in the grief and join with the country in mourning the beloved children recently discovered buried in unmarked  graves at the site of the Kamloops Residential School. 

We stand with Indigenous colleagues, students, and communities through this horrendous time. Our profession must continue to grapple with the complexities of our role in the harms of residential schools and contemporary child welfare practices with Indigenous peoples. As a School, we are committed to the work necessary to educate social workers to be able to work in relationship with Indigenous peoples and build a profession that is accountable to our historic and contemporary wrongdoing.  

We continue to take guidance from the advocacy of the First Nations Caring Society and their calls to concrete action that we can advance as citizens and as representatives of the profession ( 

Why Choose Social Work?

Gain knowledge and experience in how to help individuals, families and communities, and promote policy to provide a better environment in which to live. The School of Social Work's vision is a commitment to building a socially just society, defined as one that upholds and validates the values of equality, diversity, inclusiveness, democracy and concern for human welfare. We manifest and advance curricula, scholarship and school culture that are congruent with those values. Learn more about the profession of Social Work.

Read more about some of Social Work's graduands and the important work they have been doing.


The School of Social Work is located on the third floor of the Mona Campbell Building which is situated on the corner of Coburg Road and LeMarchant Street.

Mailing address:

School of Social Work

Dalhousie University

1459 LeMarchant Street, Suite 3201
PO Box 15000

Halifax, NS  B3H 4R2

Courier address:

School of Social Work

Dalhousie University

1459 LeMarchant Street, Suite 3201
Halifax, NS  B3H 4R2

Main Office Telephone: 902-494-3760

Fax: (902) 494-6709

E-mail for general inquiries:

School of Social Work Anti-Black Racism Statement

The Dalhousie University School of Social Work recognizes the historical and contemporary role social work, as a profession and as an educational entity, has played in the oppression and marginalization of people of African Descent. We stand against anti-Black racism in all its manifestations. We acknowledge and take responsibility for the intergenerational trauma and institutional racism we have participated in and perpetuated, such as the removal and institutionalization of African Nova Scotian children. We seek to build and repair relationships with African Nova Scotia communities. As a way to address these harms, as a School we are committed to ongoing processes of decolonization, reparations and anti-racism work aimed at redressing burdens of colonialisms and slavery. Our commitment also means denouncing police, state, and structural violence toward people of African Descent and aligning with and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Social Work News

  • Plan to attend the upcoming Canadian Society for Spirituality and Social Work (CSSSW) webinar hosted by CASW called  Spirituality and Social Work. START DATE:5/18/2021 START TIME:11:00 AM EDT:;F:QS!10100&ShowUUID=7D6B19FD-890A-446B-9022-D823422D7A29&
  • Plan to attend the virtual gathering on: "Practising Social Work from a Two-Eyed Perspective" on Monday, November 30th from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Download the poster [5.3 MB].
  • Plan to attend the Panel Discussion on 'Interrogating Whiteness" being put on by the Diversity and Equity Committee on Wednesday, October 21st from 5:30 -8:00 p.m. Download the poster.

  • We are pleased to share with you the first Diversity and Equity Committee (DEC) Newsletter. View the newsletter.

  • On December 13, 2019, the Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW) had their annual holiday brunch and awarded two scholarships:
    The ABSW Bursary recognizes a student who is actively involved with the Association and its mission to provide professional development for African Canadian social workers and workers in related fields and offer services and programs in the interest of the Black Community and the community at large. This year’s recipient is BSW student Bria Symonds.  Bria Symonds, BA (Women Studies/Family Studies) is an African Nova Scotian community advocate who works on many community projects. She has conducted research studying Black feminism, racial factors impacting the ‘achievement gap’ in education and the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Bria hopes to further her Social Work Education and continue to work in marginalized communities. Bria is completing her Field Placement with the ABSW. Congratulations Bria!

    From left to right:
    Courtney Brown, Outreach Social Worker, Association of Black Social Workers; Bria Symonds, ABSW Bursary awardee; and Amber Bernard, Ngena Bernard Memorial Dalhousie University Transition Year Program – Social Work Bursary awardee. Read more.
  • From Seed to Impact: Sharing Stories of Struggle, Resistance & Resilience in the Fight For Justice 

    At the Association of Black Social Workers’ 40th anniversary conference, Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard and four of her former students engaged in a critical reflection on their teaching and learning journeys in the fight for social justice with examples of how seeds planted in the classroom have blossomed in the field over the past four decades.

  • A wonderful conversation with Jeff Karabanow, from Dalhousie's School of Social Work and, of course, our Out of the Cold team, about homelessness in the Maritimes. Jeff's compassionate approach to his work has been a great inspiration to many of us and he always provides valuable insights on how we can come together to support people experiencing homelessness and precarious housing. Watch the entire interview.

Faculty & Research

Our professors engage and challenge students to develop their skills, emphasizing social policy, professional values, theoretical perspectives, and practice methods. Learn more about our faculty and their research specializations.