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July 29, 2013

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Director's appointment a national milestone

The University of Victoria marked a major milestone this month with the appointment of Kundoqk, Dr. Jacquie Green (Haisla), as the first Indigenous director of UVic’s School of Social Work and the first Indigenous director of any mainstream post-secondary social-work program in Canada. 

“I know it means a lot for our people, to see ourselves reflected in leadership roles such as director,” she says. “I also feel very privileged for the international work I’ve done in the past, and I want to continue to focus on these relationships in my new role.” 

She is committed to decolonization, cultural renewal and growing the Indigenous space at UVic and beyond, and her research interests include decentralizing social work programs with Indigenous peoples. In March, she successfully defended her doctoral dissertation within her home community of Kitimaat Village in northern BC. In a recent Faces of UVic Research video, she discusses her graduate work as project manager for the Indigenous Child Well-Being Research Network and her vision for the future of Indigenous youth. She belongs to the Haisla, Kemano and Tsmishian peoples. 

Situated on traditional Coast and Straits Salish territory, UVic is recognized for its commitment to and expertise in innovative programs and initiatives that support Indigenous students and communities.  

“We are so privileged to have a strong leader in our School of Social Work: one who has a deep appreciation of the educational needs for students and the social and cultural needs of practitioners working with First Nations communities,” says Dr. Mary Ellen Purkis, dean of UVic's Faculty of Human and Social Development. 

More on UVic’s School of Social Work

UVic: A university of Indigenous focus

Kundoqk: A convocation profile

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A sidebar from Kundoqk (pronounced gKUN-douk): “My name means ‘journeying over the mountain with belongings on my back’ and originates from the Tsmishian nation. It was gifted to my parents on their wedding day by the late Walter Write for their first-born daughter.” 

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Kundoqk, Dr. Jacquie Green (School of Social Work) at 250-472-4129 or swdirect@uvic.ca  

Tara Sharpe (UVic Communications) at 250-721-6248 or tksharpe@uvic.ca 

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