Dr. Catherine Richardson

portrait of Dr. Catherine Richardson

Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Victoria

Dr. Catherine Richardson has been with the School of Social Work since September 2007. Her areas of specialization include Indigenous resistance, decolonizing approaches to social work, response-based practice, safety-oriented and dignity-based child protection work, recovery from violence, and Indigenous approaches to research and scholarship centered around cultural, ecological and spiritual integrity. Cathy is interested in the intersections between family therapy, child protection, language-use and social responses to families.


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Dr.Catherine Richardson


Richardson, C. (in press). From Audacity to Aplomb: Understanding Métis Families. In (details to follow).

Richardson, C. (2009; in press). Understanding the Métis. [working title] In R. Sinclair, M. Hart, & G. Bruyere (Eds.), Indigenous Social Work in Canada: Practices and Perspectives. Winnipeg, MB: Fernwood.

Carriere, J. & Richardson, C. (2009). From Longing to Belonging: An Indigenous Critique of Applying Attachment Theory to Work With Indigenous Families. In S. McKay, D. Fuchs, & I. Brown (Eds.), Passion for Action in Child and Family Services. Regina, SK: Canadian Plains Press.

Richardson, C. (2008). Métis Experiences of Social Work Practice. In S. Strega & J. Carriere (Eds.), Walking This Path Together: Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppressive Child Welfare Practice. Winnipeg, MB: Fernwood.

Richardson, C., & Wade, A. (2008). Taking Resistance Seriously: A Response-Based Approach to Social Work in Cases of Violence Against Indigenous Women. In S. Strega & J. Carriere (Eds.), Walking This Path Together: Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppressive Child Welfare Practice. Winnipeg, MB: Fernwood.

Richardson, C. (2008). A Word is Worth a Thousand Pictures: Working With Aboriginal Women Who Have Experienced Violence. In Lynda R. Ross (Ed.), Feminist Counselling: Theories, Issues and Practice. Toronto: Women’s Press.

Richardson, C., & Nelson, B. (2007). A Change of Residence: From Residential Schools to Foster Homes as Sites of Aboriginal Cultural Assimilation. First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, 3(2).

Richardson, C. (2006). Métis Tactical Resistance to Colonization and Oppression. Variegations, 2: 56–71.

Richardson, C. (2005). Cultural Stories and the Creation of the Self. Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, 18(1): 55–63.

Richardson, C. (2005, March). Steps to Dignity and Decolonization: Family Group Conferencing in Aboriginal Communities. Restorative Directions, 2(1).

Richardson, C. (2003, Fall). Stories That Map the Way Home. Cultural Reflections, 5, 21–27.

Richardson, C. (2002). Embodying the Oppressor and Oppressed: My Perspective as a Métis Woman. International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work: The Question of Forgiveness, 1. 83–84.

Richardson, C., & Seaborn, D. (2002). Working With Métis Children and Their Families. The BC Counsellor, 24(2). 47–51.

Richardson, C., & Cohen-Blanchet, N. (2000). Adult Aboriginal Education in Canada. Canadian Journal of Native Education, 24(2). 169–184.

Richardson, C. (1999). To All Mothers Who Have Lost Children – To All Children Who Have Lost Mothers. In Dulwich Centre Publications (Eds.), Working With the Stories of Women’s Lives, (pp. 167–177). Adelaide, AUS: Dulwich.