2019 5th International Indigenous Voices In Social Work Conference, Hualien, Taiwan

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Date(s) - 05/08/2019 - 07/08/2019
All Day

The Parkview Hotel


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Healing, Reconciliation and Transformation:

Approaches Toward Promoting Indigenous Well-Beingcore

Call for Abstracts date: 15 March 2019

Registration date: 22 March 2019


  1. Social work practice with individuals and families
  2. Healing and restorative practice
  3. Community work and empowerment
  4. Indigenism and transition in social work education
  5. Indigenous based knowledge and research
  6. Decolonization and anti-marginalization

Indigenous communities worldwide wrestle with many challenges and sufferings because of the historical legacy of colonial oppression and expansion. The health and well-being disparities that indigenous individuals experience are well documented. To eliminate health disparities, traditional mainstream approaches have been adopted into the welfare system and social services, even though the traditional services provision are often seen as ineffective, oppressive, and even pathologic by many tribal members. Indigenous communities tend to operate a different worldview compared to dominant culture; therefore, a progressive step toward developing a more culturally congruent service provision is essential and urgent to close the gap.

We convinced that indigenous wisdom and ancestral knowledge hold the answers to challenges. The 5th International Indigenous Voices In Social Work Conference (IIVSW) seeks to share experiences on identifying, analyzing, and implementing effective practice strategies with indigenous communities. IIVSWS invites students, social workers, community members, researchers, educators, administrators and policymakers to discuss these issues. Together, we are going to build the knowledge and develop the empowerment approaches to heal, reconcile and transform to meet the demands toward promoting indigenous well-being

IIVSWC 2019 Keynote Speakers:

IIVSWC is thrilled to announce that Dr. Karina Walters will be keynoting at International Indigenous Voices Social Work Conference on August 5-7, 2019.

Dr. Karina Walters, an enrolled member of the Choctaw of Oklahoma, is a storyteller, speaker, researcher and professor. She is the Associate Dean in School of Social Work at University of Washington and the Co-Director of Indigenous Wellness Research Institute National Center of Excellence.

IIVSWC is thrilled to announce that Dr. Pasuya Poiconx will be keynoting at International Indigenous Voices Social Work Conference on August 5-7, 2019.

Dr. Pasuya Poiconx is a member of Tsou Tribe from Ali Mountain. He is the Dean of College of Indigenous Studies in National Dong Hua University and a professor in Department of Indigenous Affairs and Development. He also works as the Deputy Convener of Indigenous Historical Justice and Transitional Justice Committee in Presidential Office. He was a committee of Examination Yuan, a vice minister without portfolio of Council of Indigenous Peoples, and a director of National Museum of Prehistory. His research areas are Taiwan’s indigenous culture and literature, indigenous laws, Chinese literature, folk literature, and mythology and cultural studies.