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Indigenous Social Welfare: Decolonizing Social Work: Home

Decolonizing Social Work

Decolonizing social work entails many dimensions, which include identifying destructive beliefs and practices, reclaiming Indigenous beliefs and practices, and learning from successful decolonization efforts to improve social work practice with Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations (Gray, M., Coates, J., Yellow Bird, M., & Hetherington, T. (2013)). This guide to resources was created in collaboration with members of (Re)generation: Indigenous Social Welfare Caucus of the School of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley.

Finding Books

The Library of Congress Subject Headings below will find other books in the UC Berkeley catalog, or use them to search in World Cat to find books elsewhere.

Social work with indigenous peoples

Social service and race relations

Indians of North America -- Counseling of

Indians of North America -- Mental health services

Indians of North America -- Services for.

Open Access Journals & Research -- free to all

Journal of Indigenous Research: Full Circle - Returning Native Research to the People

Decolonization - Indigeneity, Education & Society: Research engaged in the decolonization process, regardless of discipline or field.

First Peoples Child & Family Review : Interdisciplinary journal that honours the voices, perspectives and knowledges of First Peoples through research, critical analyses, community stories and art.

Journal of Indigenous Social Development: Formerly Journal of Indigenous voices in social work.

Indigenous Knowledge Portal: Literature reviews, reports, guides, films, booklets, studies, journal articles and presentations all related to Aboriginal children and families in Canada and other countries.

National Resource Center on Indigenous Aging: Empowering Native people to develop community based solutions to Native elder health and social issues.

Google Scholar

Indigenous Research Methods

Citing Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers

Indigenous scholar and librarian, Lorisia MacLeod at NorQuest College Library (Edmonton, Alberta),  developed the following guidelines for formal citation of Indigenous knowledge in a variety of citation styles.


(RE)generation: Indigenous Social Welfare @ Berkeley

Four women from (RE)generation holding favorite books in front of the Indigenous Social Welfare Collection. Books are Healing the Soul Wound, Guided by the Spirits, Research as Resistance and Medicine of Peace.

Finding Articles

Getting Help

For help with Social Welfare Research, or comments/suggestions about this page: Susan Edwards, Social Welfare Librarian.

See also the great Native American Studies guide created by Melissa Stoner.