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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 18, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Kathy Absolon

Associate Professor, Associate Dean: Aboriginal Field of Study

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.5229

Office Location: FSW-319

Academic Background
BA (Waterloo), MSW (WLU), PhD (OISE, Toronto)

Kathy Absolon is Anishinaabe kwe from Flying Post First Nation and teaches in the Aboriginal Field of Study.  She has a background in Indigenous studies and Aboriginal social work practice.  Kathy teaches holistic healing practices and Indigenous holistic thought.  Her practice experience has been in working with individuals, families, groups and communities within Indigenous contexts.  

Kathy's research interests are in the many facets of Indigenous methodologies and worldview in Indigenous research.  She is currently working on a three year community based evaluation of Walking the Prevention Circle with seventy three communities in Quebec and Atlantic provinces.  Walking the Prevention Circle is a national abuse and violence prevention training project with the Aboriginal branch of the Canadian Red Cross.  Other interests are in Indigenous wholistic healing and wellness at individual, group and community levels. 



Absolon, K. (Minogiizhigokwe) (2011). Kaandossiwin: How We Come to Know. Black Point, N.S.: Fernwood Publishing.


Absolon, K. (Minogiizhigokwe) (2009). Navigating the landscape of practice: Dbaagmowin of a Helper. In G. Bruyere, M. Anthony Hart & R. Sinclair (Eds.), Wicihitowin: Aboriginal Social Work in Canada. Black Point, N.S.: Fernwood Publishing.