This handbook provides a comprehensive and cutting-edge strengths-based resource on the subject of Indigenous resilience.

Indigenous Peoples demonstrate considerable resilience despite the social, health, economic, and political disparities they experience within surrounding settler societies. This book considers Indigenous resilience in many forms: cultural, spiritual, and governance traditions remain in some communities and are being revitalized in others to reclaim aspects of their cultures that have been outlawed, suppressed, or undermined. It explores how Indigenous people advocate for social justice and work to shape settler societies in ways that create a more just, fair, and equitable world for all human and non-human beings. This book is divided into five sections:

  • From the past to the future
  • Pillars of Indigeneity
  • The power in Indigenous identities
  • The natural world
  • Reframing the narrative: from problem to opportunity

Comprised of 25 newly commissioned chapters from Indigenous scholars, professionals, and community members from traditions around the world, this book will be a useful tool for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of manifestations of wellness and resilience.

This handbook will be of particular interest to all scholars, students, and practitioners of social work, social care, and human services more broadly, as well as those working in sociology, development studies, and environmental sustainability.



chapter |16 pages


part I|60 pages

From the past to the future

chapter 1|14 pages

Ireland, first colony of the British Empire

A Celtic story of Indigenous resistance, resilience, and cultural renewal

chapter 2|15 pages

Resistance, resilience, and social welfare

Understanding the historical intersections of US federal Indian policies and the helping professions

part II|83 pages

Pillars of Indigeneity

chapter 7|13 pages

Exploring the role of sexuality and identity across the Pacific

Navigating traditional and contemporary meanings and practices

chapter 9|13 pages

Moko Kauae

A symbol of Indigenous resistance and resilience

chapter 10|13 pages

Reclaiming our voices

The power of storytelling in healing trauma

part III|91 pages

The power in Indigenous identities

chapter 11|15 pages

Family connectedness

An intricate web of support and aspect of Indigenous family resilience

chapter 13|13 pages

Collective distress calls for collective wellbeing measures

The case of social support as a resilience‑enabling Afrocentric Indigenous pathway

chapter 15|16 pages

“In the telling and in the listening, humanity meets”

Youth testimonials of resilience from yesterday and today

chapter 16|14 pages

The time before us

Land, matriarchy, and leadership in the face of change

part IV|78 pages

The natural world

chapter 18|14 pages

Reconnecting with the farmland

Exploring Indigenous resilience of Atayal people in Taiwan

chapter 19|15 pages

Earthquakes of Nepal

Making the case for Indigenous resilience

chapter 20|14 pages

Kū Kia‘i Aloha

How Maunakea and the battle to protect her birthed a decolonial pilina in an emerging generation of aloha ‘āina

chapter 21|17 pages

Leading through collective resilience

Creating an Indigenous mental health response to climate change

part V|66 pages

Reframing the narrative

chapter 22|14 pages

Reframing disabilities

Indigenous learners in Canadian educational systems

chapter 24|17 pages

The resiliency of Indigenous entrepreneurial settings in the South Pacific

Notions of solesolevaki and wanbel in the case of Fiji and Papua New Guinea

chapter 25|14 pages

Indy and the Monster

A story of Indigenous resilience during a global pandemic

chapter 109|4 pages