Robert Mahikwa

Sessional Instructor

BSW and MSW (Indigenous Social Work), University of Victoria

Robert identifies as Anishinaabe-Algonquin (wolf clan), and he has worked with Indigenous communities and populations in British Columbia and Ontario since 2005. As an Instructor, Robert interweaves Indigenous pedagogy and ceremonies within a student-centered, strengths-oriented, and solutions-focused learning environment. Robert teaches Social Work, and Indigenous Studies courses at Vancouver Island University, the University of Victoria, and Camosun College. His areas of expertise include Indigenous Social Work theory and practice, Indigenous Pedagogy, Indigenous Mentorship, Life Skills Coaching, and Indigenous Research Methodologies.

In the field, Robert has experience working as a counsellor, case manager, family support worker, youth crisis worker, outreach worker, careers counsellor, youth leadership and life skills coach, and youth transitional housing worker. Robert is also a VIU Indigenous Education Navigator within the Office of Aboriginal Education and Engagement, and was recently nominated for the 2020 National Emerging Voices in Indigenous Scholarship and Research Award, from the University of Saskatchewan.

Robert currently sits on the Research Ethics Board at VIU, and he is open to requests from Graduate thesis students regarding committee and/or advisory opportunities.