Marie Nightbird joined the Faculty as a full-time instructor on July 1, 2018. Marie has been employed by UBC since 2014 having worked as a sessional instructor in the School of Social Work for 1½ years and as an education coordinator in Indigenous programming in the Faculty of Medicine for 4½ years on a half-time basis. She also provided short-term coverage in the field education program in the School of Social Work and in student counselling services.

Marie’s career in social work started in the early 1980s. She has a MSW from UBC, a BSW from UVic, and is a registered clinical social worker. Areas of interest include Indigenous healing and wellness, and violence against women.

Marie has worked in health authorities as a supervisor of an Indigenous wellness program and social worker in an inner city emergency department; in a women’s organization as counsellor and coordinator of a crisis line; in a delegated urban Aboriginal child welfare agency as supervisor of a family preservation program; in a community-based criminal justice program as an employment counsellor and coordinator of a federal institution’s visitors program; and in a drop-in centre for street entrenched and at risk youth as a counsellor and program developer. The counselling and consulting services she has provided through her private practice since 2005 have focused on services to residential school survivors and intergenerational survivors.

Recent highlights of Marie’s career include having provided counselling services to residential school survivors during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s statement gathering and healing events, and during legal compensation claims. She was involved in the development and management of an Elder’s program in a health clinic in the Downtown Eastside. Highlights while working at UBC include being involved with the UBC 23 24 Indigenous Cultural Safety training program and teaching the ‘First Nations Social Issues’ and ‘Communication Skills in Social Work Practice’ courses in the School of Social Work.

Winter 2020

SOWK310A Interviewing Skills - INTERVIEWING SKL Sections

Communication theory and interviewing skills and their application to the Social Work interview. Enrolment is limited to students in the BSW program.

Winter 2020

SOWK305G Topics in Social Work Practice I - SOWK PRACTICE I Sections

Examinations of the foundation, knowledge and competencies underlying various topics in generalist social work practice. Enrolment is limited to students in the B.S.W. program

Winter 2020

SOWK325 Indigenous Peoples and Critical Social Work Analysis Sections

Contemporary social issues facing Indigenous peoples and communities examined in the context of the history of Settler-Canadian/Indigenous relations; the impact of Settler-Canadian institutions upon Indigenous peoples; implications for social policy and social work practice. Credit will be granted for only one of SOWK 325 or 425. Enrolment is limited to students in the BSW program.