Richard W. Vedan

Associate Professor

First Nations Advisor

Phone 822-3520 Rm. 335

Research Interests

Dr. Vedan has been Chair and taught in the Social Services Worker Department at Langara College. He also has been Chair of the Applied Arts and Community Services Division and Acting Dean of Instruction at Langara. He has held social development positions with the Department of Indian Affairs land Northern Development, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and has been the Bank Administrator for the Neskonlith Indian Band. He also has been the staff program consultant to several Indian bands and evaluator of several First Nation educational undertakings. Professor Vedan's position is designated to the development of First Nation's social work education. His research interests encompass the development of practice methods relevant to First Nations issues as well as the establishment of service delivery organizations that integrate traditional First Nations values and healing methods.


Conference Papers 

First Nations Perspective Community in Group: Whose Definition?. Celebrating Diversity: Joining Together in Group Work, School of Social Work and Family Studies, UBC, June 05/00. Organized by: School of Social Work and Family Studies, the Groupworker's Network, and the Ben Chud Memorial Fund .

Keynote address: First Nations Directions in Post-secondary Education . Conference for: First Nations Coordinators Institutes, Colleges and Universities of B.C., Kwantlen University College, Surrey, May 25/00. Organized by: Kwantlen University College and First Nations Education Coordinators.

The History of Contemporary First Nations Social Issues in British Columbia. Training Workshop for MCF Foster Parents , Continuing Education Langara College, January 18/001. Organized by: Langara College/Ministry for Children & Families.


Research Projects

Warriors against violence youth initiative program review

Graduate Student Supervision 

Martell , Marlowe. Topic: First Nations Child Welfare and Family Services. 

Stogan , Marilyn. Topic: Major paper "Social Welfare Policy - A Change Forward" . 

Harris , Barbara . Topic: Major paper "The Voices of Five Urban Native Women Recovering From Addictions: An Argument For The Holistic Integration of Treatment and Aftercare Services" . 

Verburg, Heidi. Topic: Major paper "Aboriginal Therepists Exploring Spirituality with Aboriginal People" . 

Allinott, Crystal . Topic: Clinical social work and spirituality from a client perspectice.

Harrison, Jeanne. Topic: Clinical practice . 

Kreml, gina . Topic: Community services for inmates and family members . 

Jardine , John . Topic: Aboriginal Needs Assessment and Program Evaluation with a Focus on the Community Programs offered through the Kiwassa Neighbourhood House..

Walker, Susan. Topic: tba under revision. 

Adams, Irene . Topic: Starting Steps Toward Healing After Trauma of the Indian Residential School Experience.

Professional Associations, Committees & Community 


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