University of Calgary

Richard Enns

  • Associate Professor
  • Aboriginal Issues, Indigenous Education, Rural & Northern Practice
  • Immigrant & Refugee Issues
  • Mental Health
  • Practice Methods
  • Research Methods

Currently Teaching


Richard Enns is currently Associate Dean in the Central and Northern Alberta Region of the Faculty of Social Work, in Edmonton. His teaching interests include the history of federal Indian education policy and the development of industrial and residential schools in Canada. His most recent research has examined federal policy following the Second World War, child care standards of the day, the role of social work in the residential school system in Canada, and current reconciliation efforts. In addition, he has examined current issues in refugee and immigrant settlement in Canada, and taught critical perspectives in mental health.


Current Research

Federal Indian education policy, industrial and residential schools in Canada, federal reconciliation strategies, federal Indian treaties in Canada, refugee and immigration policy.


PhD, 2001, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

MSW, 1991, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB

MA, 1989, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB

BA (Double Honours), 1983,  University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB

BTh, 1981, Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, MB


Professional and Community Associations

Board member and former chair, Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (non-profit immigrant settlement agency in Edmonton providing settlement and housing supports, programs for youth, parenting literacy, language training, professional bridging support, and child welfare support).


1997-2001: Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Scholarship; University of Alberta 

1989: W.L. Morton Gold Medal; University of Manitoba

1989: M.A. Thesis passed with Distinction; University of Manitoba 


Publications from 2008-Present

Enns, R., Kirova, A., & Connolly, D. (2013). Examining Bonding and Bridging Activities in the Context of a Common Spaces Approach to Integration. Canadian Ethnic Studies, 45(3). 

Enns, R. (2010). “Then shall the wilderness be glad and blossom as the rose”: Presbyterian hopes for the Regina Industrial School (1891 to 1910). Prairie Forum, 35(2), 43-78. 

Enns, R. (2009). “ ... but what is the object of educating these children, if it costs their lives to educate them?”: Federal Indian Education policy in western Canada in the late 1800s. Journal of Canadian Studies, 43, 101-123. 

Enns, R.A., Reddon, J.R., Das, J.P., & Boudreau, A. (2008). Measuring Executive Function Deficits in Female Delinquents using the Cognitive Assessment System. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 47, 1-21. 


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