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Indigenous Approaches to Social Work


This portal was created by the Toronto Metropolitan University Library and the community to help you start your research on indigenous topics.  It includes key resources that focus on Nations, Métis, and Inuit in Canada and Indigenous peoples around the world. 

We hope it will help you with your course work and your learning journey.  

The guide will be updated occasionally.



Toronto Metropolitan University Library acknowledges that Toronto is in the 'Dish With One Spoon Territory’.  The Dish With One Spoon is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land. Subsequent Indigenous Nations and peoples, Europeans and all newcomers have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect." Find out more about Egerton Ryerson and Indian Residential Schools

Where to Find Books

How do I find Books? 

1. The best way to find books (including e-books) is to use our Book Catalogue via the search box below.

 2. Type in your topic's "keywords" and hit Search

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Find books, journals, DVDs, CDs, ebooks, theses, maps, Government Documents…


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Journals and Databases

How to Search Journals for Articles

You can search within these journals using your keywords to find articles on your topic.

(A new browser will open when you click on the link, remember to come back to this guide if you need more help). 

Peer Reviewed Journals

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AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples

American Indian and Alaska native mental health research

First peoples child & family review by First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada

International Journal of Indigenous Health (formerly Journal of Aboriginal Health)

Journal of Indigenous Social Development (Open Access journal hosted by the University of Calgary) 

Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health r(elaunched with the Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing: Te Mauri)


Other Journals

Indigenous Social Work Journal Nishnaabe Kinoomaadwin Naadmaadwin (formerly the Native Social Work Journal) 

Government and Community Reports and Statistics

Key Reports

2021 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People National Action Plan

for more reports search the Publication catalogue at  Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)

Land Back: a Yellowhead Institute Red Paper (2019).

Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015)

Without denial, delay, or disruption: Ensuring First Nations children’s access to equitable services through Jordan’s Principle (2015)

First People, Second Class Treatment: The role of racism in the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples in Canada  (2015).


Statistics Canada Key Indicators includes Demographic characteristics, Education, learning and skills, Health and well-being, Indigenous children, Population profiles, Labour and employment, etc.

Statistics on Indigenous peoples at Statistics Canada.

Community and Organization Reports

Aboriginal Healing Foundation - Publications

Assembly of First Nations

Assembly of Seven Generations - Reports

Centre for First Nation Governance - Reports and Publications

First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada - Reports and Publications

National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH)


Residential Schools: A Sad Chapter in Canadian History - From Curio, includes reports, witness statements and photos. 

Indigenous issues at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a Canadian public policy think tank that is known to be left leaning and is especially known for publishing an alternative federal budget.

Aboriginal policy papers at the Fraser Institute, a Canadian public policy think tank and registered charity that is known to be conservative and libertarian.

Sources by TMU Faculty and Staff

Noted publications

Cashback: a Yellowhead Institute Red Paper (2021)

Journey to healing: Aboriginal people with addictions and mental health issues by Peter Menzies., & Lynn F Lavallée. (2014)

Grannies, Elders, and Friends: Aging Aboriginal Women in Toronto by Cyndy Baskin and Caitlin J. Davey (2015)

TMU Authors and their Works

Cyndy Baskin (Social Work)

Hayden King (Politics and Public Administration)

Lynn F Lavallée (Social Work )

Pamela Palmater (Politics and Public Administration)

Use these Keywords to Find More Sources

Academic and personal support for students


Gdoo-maawnjidimi Mompii Indigenous Student Services  



  Student Learning Support

  • Writing Support
  • Study Skills and Transition Support

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