Social Work Day at Ilisimatusarfik

Social Work Day at Ilisimatusarfik


Department of Social Work at Ilisimatusarfik had arranged a Social Work Day, Friday 21 April.

The purpose of the day was to focus on topics such as social professionalism, social policy, social services and social competency development.

Throughout this spring, it has been important for us to put more focus on the social workers’ importance for the Greenlandic society - and to give a better insight into the research projects that we carry out at Ilisimatusarfik.

Social work and social research play key roles in society's welfare and development - as was emphasized both during the presentations and during the lively discussion of social issues among the participants at the event.

We had a good day with presentations from the National Board of Social Services, NIISIP, researchers, lecturers and international guests - and their presentations were about:

  • The purpose of the Social Work programmes
  • A new National Board of Social Services 
  • Dislocation - ”claiming our place” - indigenous women & natural ressource development in Canada’s North
  • 50 years with a central social administration and social professionalism
  • The importance of the union NIISIP
  • Preventive social work in a community perspective

All presentations were streamed live via Ilisimatusarfik's YouTube channel - and the entire event can be viewed in full length on our website.

The event took place with over 40 participants - and it is our wish that we can make the Social Work Day an annual tradition at Ilisimatusarfik.

You can view pictures from the event on our Facebook page.

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