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Hugh Shewell

Professor Emeritus


1995 PhD, University of Toronto, “Origins of Contemporary Indian Social Welfare in the Canadian Liberal State: An Historical Case Study in Social Policy, 1873 – 1965”
1974 MSW (Social Policy), University of British Columbia
1972 BA (Sociology; minor in English), Carleton University



2004 ‘Enough to Keep Them Alive:’ Indian Welfare in Canada, 1873 – 1965. University of Toronto Press.

Articles in Journals

2023  “Why Sit Around Waiting for the Messiah?: Working for Social Justice and Tikkun Olam.” Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work. (Forthcoming). Paper originally presented at Social Work and Spirituality Interfaith Forum, 27-30 April, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, N.B.
2021 ​“Social Work Faculty Engagement in Social Policy Practice: A Quantitative Study of the Canadian Experience.” With Karen Schwartz and Kim Ongaro. The British Journal of Social Work. 51. pp. 1257-1295.
2018   “Troubles and Issues: The Personal is Political or, Wherefrom, Where to Social Work?”  Canadian Social Work. Vol. 20 (1), 15-33.
2016  “Why Jurisdiction Matters: Social Policy, Social Services and First Nations.”  Canadian Journal of Native Studies. Vol. 36 (1): 179-202.
2007  “Rassembler Nos Forces Ou Recourir Encore A L’Aide Sociale? La situation socio-économique des premières nations avant et après la Commision royale.”  Recherches amérindiennes au Québec. Vol. XXXVII, No. 1, 43-56.
2002  “‘Bitterness Behind Every Smiling Face’: Community Development and Canada’s First Nations, 1954-1968.” The Canadian Historical Review.  Vol. 83, No.1 (March) 58-84. Originally delivered at the Frost Centre of Canadian Studies, Trent University, April, 2000.
2001  “ ‘What Makes the Indian Tick?’ The Influence of Social Sciences on Canada’s Indian Policy, 1947-1964.” Social History / Histoire Sociale.  Vol. 34, no. 67 (May) 133-67. Originally delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, San Francisco,Ca., March, 1999.
1999  “Jules Sioui and Indian Political Radicalism in Canada, 1943 – 1944.”  Journal of Canadian Studies. 34. 3 (Autumn) 211-242.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

2022 “Ours to Make: The Decline of Social Work’s Influence on Canadian Social Policy.” Paper presented at 20th European Social Policy Association (ESPAnet) Conference, Vienna, Austria; 14-17 September.
2018  “Social Work Faculty Engagement in Social Policy Practice: The Canadian Experience.” With Karen Schwartz and Kim Ongaro. Paper presented at annual conference of the European Social Policy Analysis Network(ESPAnet).Vilnius,Lithuania.August/September.40%contribution.
2008  “Strangers in their own Land: First Nations and Canada as a Place of Peril.” Paper presented at “Canada as Refuge?” Conference at the Centre of Canadian Studies, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh. May.
2005  “’What is Truth?’: Farrell Toombs and the National Seminar on Indian Research, 1960.” Paper presented at “First Nations, First Thoughts,” 30th Anniversary Conference of the Centre of Canadian Studies, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, May.

Chapters in Edited Books

2023   “Structural Violence, Trauma and the Pursuit of Happiness.” In Lea Tufford and Arielle Dylan, eds. Trauma-informed Care in social work education. London and New York: Routledge. (Forthcoming).
2022   “Social Work and Structural Theory: Restoring a Vision for Social Work.” In Brenda LeFrançois, Sobia Shaikh and Teresa Macías, eds. Critical Social Work Praxis. Fernwood Press. pp. 50-61
2020   “To Be an Englishman and a Jew: Basil Henriques and the Oxford and St. George’s Settlement House.” In John Gal, Stefan Koengeter and Sarah Vicary, eds. A History of the Settlement House Movement. Research in Social Work Series. Bristol Policy Press. pp. 129-144.
2016   “Dreaming in Liberal White: Canadian Indian Policy, 1913-2013.” In Kristin Burnett and Geoff Read, eds., Aboriginal History: A Reader.  2nd edition. Revised. Toronto: Oxford University Press. pp. 185-198.
2012   “Dreaming in Liberal White: Canadian Indian Policy, 1913-1983.” In Kristin Burnett and Geoff Read, eds., Aboriginal History: A Reader. Toronto: Oxford University Press. pp. 168-179.
2010   “Social Rights are Human Rights: Furthering the Democratic Project.” In Jane Pulkingham, ed. Human Welfare, Rights and Social Activism: Rethinking the Legacy of J.S. Woodsworth. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. pp. 114-135. Originally delivered at “Human Rights and Social Activism: Rethinking the Legacy of J.S. Woodsworth.” Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, September 2005.
2003   “Canada.” In Professional Ideologies and Preferences in Social Work: A Global Study, eds. Idit Weiss, John Gal and John Dixon. Westport, CT: Auburn House. 45-74.
2001  “’Almost Twelve People An Hour Leaving Welfare’: The Marketization of Welfare in Ontario and the Decline of the Public Good.” In, The Marketization of Social Security, eds. John Dixon and Mark Hyde. London and New York: Quorum Books (Greenwood). 167-186.
1998   “Canada.” In, Poverty: A Persistent Global Reality, eds. John Dixon and David Macarov. London: Routledge. 45-73.
1995   “The First Nations of Canada: social welfare and the quest for self-government,” with Annabella Spagnut. In, Social Welfare With Indige­nous Peoples­, eds. John Dixon and Robert P. Scheure­ll.
Lon­don: Routledge. 1-53.

Other Publications

1991   “Uses of Social Assistance for Employment Creation on Indian Reserves: An Appraisal.” In Alternatives to Social Assistance in Indian Communities, eds. Frank Cassidy and Shirley B. Seward. Halifax: Institute for Research on Public Policy. 17-81.

Affiliations/Positions Held:

2003-2006: Undergraduate Program Director, School of Social Work, York University.
2008-2009: Associate Dean (Students), Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, York University.|
2009-2014 and 2018-2019 : Director, School of Social Work, Carleton University
2016-2018: Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University