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Aboriginal Approaches to Social Work


This portal was created by the Ryerson University Library and the community to help you start your research on indigenous topics.  It includes key resources that focus on Aboriginal people in Canada and around the world. 

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

The guide will be updated occasionally. If you have comments or questions please email  Jane:



Ryerson 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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Books / Reports

Journals and Databases

How to Search Journals for Articles

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

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Peer Reviewed Journals

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AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples

Pimatisiwin Journal: a journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health

The Journal of Aboriginal Health: by National Aboriginal Health Organization

Journal of Indigenous Social Development (Open Access journal hosted by the University of Manitoba school of social work) 

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

American Indian and Alaska native mental health research: the journal of the National Center

Other Journals

Native social work journal: Nishnaabe kinoomaadwin naadmaadwin

Canadian Native Online Social Work journal

Government and Community Reports and Statistics

Government of Canada Reports

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada - Publication Catalogue

Health Canada First Nations & Métis - Reports and Publications

Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (including Final Report)

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation - University of Manitoba, includes reports, photos and witness statements

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


Statistics Canada - Aboriginal Peoples 

Data and statistical reports from the Government of Canada, including the:

Aboriginal People at a Glance

Community and Organization Reports

Aboriginal Community Organizations

Aboriginal Healing Foundation - Publications

Assembly of First Nations

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)


Political Think-Tanks

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Aboriginal Issues - Publications and Studies

Fraser Institute - Aboriginal Policy

Current Reports (2015)

TRC Findings title pageTruth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015). Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. 

The Jordan’s Principle Working Group (2015) Without denial, delay, or disruption: Ensuring First Nations children’s access to equitable services through Jordan’s Principle. Ottawa, ON: Assembly of First Nations.

Allan, B. & Smylie, J. (2015). First People, Second Class Treatment: The role of racism in the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Toronto, ON: the Wellesley Institute. 

Sources by Ryerson Faculty and Staff

Current publications 2015

Journey to healing: Aboriginal people with addictions and mental health issues.
By Peter Menzies., & Lynn F Lavallée. (2014)
Toronto: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

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

Journal of Gerontological Social Work   Vol. 58, Iss. 1, 2015

Ryerson 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)

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