Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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Approx. 400 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
August 2022
Print ISBN: 9781773383194
Forthcoming | Spring 2022


This critical new volume to the field of health studies offers an introductory overview of the determinants of health for Indigenous peoples in Canada while cultivating an understanding of the presence of coloniality in health care and how it determines First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples’ health and well-being.

The text is broken down into the What, Where, Who, and How, and each part contains a comprehensive and holistic approach to understanding the many factors, historical and contemporary, that are significant in shaping the life and health of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and beyond. Comprising wisdoms from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis leaders, knowledge holders, artists, activists, clinicians, health researchers, students, and youth, this book offers practical insights and applied knowledge about combating coloniality and transforming health care systems in Canada.

Compiled by experienced editors associated with the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health, Introduction to Determinants of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples’ Health in Canada draws together the work and writings of primarily Indigenous authors, including academics, community leaders, and health care practitioners. This accessible and timely introduction is a vital undergraduate resource and invaluable for introducing key concepts and ideas to students new to the field.

Table of Contents


Poetic Foreword by Rita Bouvier

Self-Care and Emotional Trigger Warning

Introduction Indigenous Health in Canada and Beyond—A Call for Reflection, Action, and Transformation by Sarah de Leeuw, Roberta Stout, Roseann Larstone, Julie Sutherland, and Margo Greenwood

Part I: Determinants of Health for Indigenous People

Chapter 1: Reflections on Love and Learning with the Yintah by We'es Tes, Sandra Martin Harris and Christine Añonuevo

Chapter 2: First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Children’s Mental Wellness by Margo Greenwood and Roseann Larstone

Chapter 3: Food as Relationship: Indigenous Food Systems and Well-Being by Tabitha Robin

Chapter 4 Forced Sterilization: A Malicious Determinant of Health by Yvonne Boyer and Rod Leggett

Chapter 5: Matriarchal Wisdom: Indigenous Women’s and Perinatal Health by Jennifer Leason and Julie Sutherland

Chapter 6: A Reflective Poetic Narrative About a Fine Balance: Indigenous Women’s and Gender Diverse People's Sexual and Reproductive Health by Cassandra Felske-Durksen with Lisa Boivin

Part I Creative Contribution: Treaty Letter by Armand Garnet Ruffo

Part II: Geographies and Ecologies of Indigenous Land, Health, and Philosophy

Chapter 7: Waskítaskamik: On the Face of the Earth by Madeleine Kétéskwēw Dion Stout and Miyawata Dion Stout

Chapter 8: Damaged, Not Broken: An Interview about White Settler Violence and Indigenous Health by Mary Teegee and Sarah de Leeuw

Chapter 9: Our Highways, Our Tears: Indigenous Women’s and Two Spirit People’s Health and Resource Extraction by Ryan O’Toole, Onyx Sloan Morgan, and Laura McNab-Coombs

Chapter 10: Legislation, Reconciliation, and Water: Moving Upstream to Implement the UNDRIP in BC and Promote Indigenous Peoples’ Health by Danièle Behn Smith and Shannon Waters

Chapter 11: Inuktut as a Public Health Issue by Aluki Kotierk

Part II Creative Contribution: Cactus and Wild Roses by Garry Gottfriedson

Part III: Supporting Healthy Indigenous Communities

Chapter 12: Vaccine Mistrust: A Legacy of Colonialism Margo Greenwood and Noni MacDonald

Chapter 13: Taking Care: Indigenous Peoples’ Art, Resurgence, and Wellness by Jaimie Isaac

Chapter 14: A Path in the Snow: How Indigenous Medical Trainees Can Inspire Indigenous Youth to Become Medical Doctors by Thomsen D’Hont

Chapter 15: Youth Protection, Social Determinants of Health, and Reappropriation of Decision-Making Power: Quebec First Nations Demands by Marjolaine Siouï, Patricia Montambault, Michel Deschênes, Marie-Pier Paul, Leila Ben Messaoud, and Richard Gray (First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission)

Part III Creative Contribution: Angled Windows by Lee Maracle

Part IV: Practical Applications

Chapter 16: Transforming Medical Education by Lisa Richardson and Julie Sutherland

Chapter 17: Learning from the Elders: Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Safety within Health Science Education by Donna L. M. Kurtz and Elder Jessie Nyberg

Chapter 18: Indigenous Food Sovereignty: Realizing its Potential for Indigenous Decolonization, Self-Determination, and Community Health by Charlotte Coté

Chapter 19: Walking with Our Most Sacred: Indigenous Birth Workers Clearing the Path for Returning Birthing to Indigenous Communities by Jaime Cidro, Ashley Hayward, Rachel Bach, and Stephanie Sinclair

Chapter 20: Systems Innovation through First Nations Self-Determination by Harmony Johnson, Danièle Behn Smith, and Lindsay Beck

Part IV Creative Contribution: ᐃᑦᑖᑐᖅ (to sit down for a long time) by Norma Dunning


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