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An ethics framework embedded in an Indigenous epistemology: implications for social work research and practice

Walter, M ORCID: 0000-0002-8028-5274 and Baltra-Ulloa, AJ ORCID: 0000-0002-4936-6850 2021 , 'An ethics framework embedded in an Indigenous epistemology: implications for social work research and practice', in B Bennett (ed.), Aboriginal Fields of Practice , Macmillan Education, United Kingdom.

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Abstract

The ethics of human engagement is not an isolated Western concern. Indigenous peoplesacross the globe have for millennia developed and practiced complex and sophisticatedethics that abide by respect, mutuality, and an honouring of human and non-humaninterconnection. Quite distinct to conventional Western ethics frameworks, developed out ofan obligation to protect and respect human dignity particularly to protect the mostvulnerable, Indigenous ethics is embedded in an Indigenous epistemology. This epistemologyassumes Indigenous sovereignty, Indigenous leadership, relationships of mutual benefit, ofmutual accountability where kinship, nature, and reciprocity are keystones. In this chapter,we focus on three foundational truths of the Indigenous worldview that are also found in theyet to be released AIATSIS Code of Ethics – Relational Accountability, Connection toCulture, and Sovereignty. These three truths are explained as three guiding principles of anethics framework embedded in an Indigenous epistemology. We examine the implications ofthis framework on social work practice and social work research. Drawing vital conclusionson decolonising approaches to social work practice and social work research that redefinewhat respectful social work is with Indigenous peoples.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Walter, M and Baltra-Ulloa, AJ
Keywords: Aboriginal ethics, Aboriginal research methods, Aboriginal ways of knowing, being and doing
Publisher: Macmillan Education
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