About the Journal

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Journal History

A brief history of the Journal of Indigenous Social Development (JISD)

On June 4-7th, 2007, after a year of preparation with community elders and interdisciplinary partners, the University of Hawai`i, Myron B. Thompson, School of Social Work convened the first International Indigenous Voices in Social Work (IIVSW): Not Lost in Translation Conference in Makaha, Hawai`i, on the island of `Oahu.  The conference brought together over 400 participants from Africa, Australia, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Fiji, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, and Hawai`i’s diverse population. 

As a result of participants’ enthusiastic response, conference presenters were invited to submit publishable papers for peer-review.  The Journal of Indigenous Voices in Social Work (JIVSW), an open-access, electronic publication, released its first issue in February 2010. 

JIVSW was envisioned as part of a larger process and continuum intended to bring to light new paradigms and conceptions of social welfare practice and research. The new journal represented hopes and expectations that social work was coming to terms with the non-viability of western social work practices across cultures, and the need to find or develop fundamentally different approaches to human healing and wellbeing. 

During the first and second year of publication, manuscript submissions revealed the need for a publication, which explores and examines the complex nature of Indigenous wellbeing.  For example, the interactions between resource restoration, land, water, cultural knowledge and ways, in relation to emotional, social, spiritual, and physical wellbeing outcomes. Therefore, after considerable discussion, the editorial group and community partners changed JIVSW’s name to the Journal of Indigenous Social Development (JISD), to allow for more inclusivity of areas contributing to the wellbeing of indigenous populations.

JISD is deeply grateful to Sally Lampson Kanehe, alumnus of the University of Hawai`i, Myron B. Thompson, School of Social Work.  Her generous support and commitment to the wellbeing of Indigenous people made this publication possible. 

In 2016, following a year of preparation, JISD successfully transitioned from the University of Hawai`i to the University of Manitoba. In 2019, the journal was moved again to the University of Calgary.