“Each March marks National Social Work Month. This is a time of year that we recognize social workers across Canada for their dedication to working with individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being. Social workers have a particular interest in the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed and/or living in poverty and changing the structures in society that lead to this inequality. Therefore, social work is concerned with individual and personal problems but also with broader social issues such as poverty, human rights, unemployment and domestic violence. This focus on assisting the individual within the context of their broader environment is what makes the profession of social work unique. This March we wish to thank social workers across the NWT for their tireless efforts to advance social justice and the social determinants of health for all residents of the NWT.”

For more information visit:

The Association of Social Workers in Northern Canada (ASWNC) – www.socialworknorth.com (or search on Facebook)
The ASWNC is a membership based professional association that represents social workers practising in the NWT, Yukon and the Nunavut. The ASWNC links social workers to our national federation, as well as providing opportunities for professional development, networking, and a strong Northern voice on issues of interest to Northern social workers and the public.

The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) – http://www.casw-acts.ca/
The CASW represents Canadian social workers on a national and international level, establishes standards of practice within the profession and advocates on a national level for issues of interest to social workers and the public.