Episode 6: Racism as Verb

Dr. Michael shares his experience as an Indigenous person growing up in Canada. He was raised by a single mother during the 60s scoop and was almost taken away but his mother would not let that happen. Some topics explored are sharing circles, variations within cultures, and cultural genocide. He notes that racism is not a term whereby one is or is not racist. He voiced, “racism is a verb” because it is in how someone behaves, speaks, and acts that convey racism.

Dr. Michael Anthony Hart

Dr. Michael Anthony Hart is a proud citizen of Fisher River Cree Nation in central Turtle Island. In 2018 he moved to the University of Calgary to be the inaugural Vice-Provost of Indigenous Engagement, and professor in the Faculty of Social Work. Previously, he held a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledges and Social Work through the University of Manitoba from 2012 to 2018. Dr. Hart led the development of the Master of Social Work in Indigenous Knowledges program at the University of Manitoba and was the first Director of the program. His research focuses on Indigenist helping perspectives, theories, and practices. He holds a BSW, MSW, and PhD in Social Work from the University of Manitoba, as well as a BA in Psychology from the University of Manitoba.


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