BU First With Unique Social Justice Program

September 17, 2013

BRANDON, MB – Brandon University (BU) is the first post-secondary institution in North America to offer an honours degree providing students with the clinical skills and cultural competencies needed to work with Aboriginal peoples and communities dealing with a national legacy of marginalization.

Committed to the principles of social justice, the Clinical Specialization in Native Studies recognizes the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of Aboriginal knowledge while helping students develop counseling practice skills. Classes began the first week of September.

“This program is unique,” says Dr. Bruce Strang, Dean of Arts. “It’s the only undergraduate degree linking aboriginal healing and traditional knowledge with a counseling focus.”

Graduates will have employment opportunities in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal agencies, organizations and communities, particularly in underserviced rural and northern communities. Roles may include working in the areas of youth advocacy, community development, victim services, truth and reconciliation, drug treatment, family support, child and family services and family violence. Post-graduate work is also possible in social work, counseling or family therapy.

BU President and Vice-Chancellor Deborah Poff says, “The challenges facing Aboriginal peoples in Manitoba are a critical social justice issue.  A range of agencies and governments need the expertise our graduates will offer, so employment prospects for students in this program are very strong.”

Brandon University, founded in 1899, promotes excellence in teaching, research, creation and scholarship; educating students so that they can make a meaningful difference as engaged citizens and leaders.

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For more information, please contact:
Dr. Bruce Strang
Dean, Faculty of Arts
204-727-9701
strangd@brandonu.ca
Glen Kirby
Communications Officer
204-727-9762
kirbyg@brandonu.ca