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The Beads and Stories that Bind: Engaging in the Art of Reconciliation (Artist Talk with Katie Longboat)
In the context of truth and reconciliation, art has an innate power to deepen understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and further important dialogue on our shared history.

Driven by our commitment to advancing meaningful dialogue and action on reconciliation, OASW has embarked on a collaboration with Toronto-based Indigenous artist Katie Longboat to create a series of original pieces of beaded artwork. Inspired by the concepts of “moving forward together” and OASW’s values of equity integration, these pieces are intended to serve as an enduring visual reminder and catalyst for critical reflection and conversation on the importance of truth and reconciliation and our ongoing personal and professional journeys towards this goal.

Join us in conversation with Katie for an exclusive virtual exhibition of her work with OASW. Hear from Katie as she reflects on her work, identity and artistic vision, including the meaning behind beadwork and its connection to mental health, healing and wellness. Next, Katie will introduce the custom beadwork that she worked with OASW to envision and create, exploring the intention and message behind the work, and leading an interactive dialogue on what it means to her, to OASW and our members.

Closed captioning will be available.

Please note that this free online event is open to OASW members only.


OASW is committed to inclusion and promoting a diverse range of identities, experiences, perspectives, and voices across all areas of the Association. As such, the registration contains some optional questions that are intended to assist us to better understand our social work community and ensure that our work is reflective of the diverse membership of OASW and our profession.

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Jun 28, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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