Indigenous peoples globally have a keen understanding of their health and wellness through traditional knowledge systems. In the past, traditional understandings of health often intersected with individual, community, and environmental relationships of well-being, creating an equilibrium of living well. However, colonization and the imposition of colonial policies regarding health, justice, and the environment have dramatically impacted, Indigenous peoples’ health.
Building on Indigenous knowledge systems of health and critical decolonial theories, the volume’s contributors – who are academic and community researchers from Canada, the United States, Sweden, and New Zealand – weave a narrative of the impacts of colonialism on Indigenous peoples’ health. The authors explore issues of Indigenous health within four broad themes: ethics and history, environmental and ecological health, impacts of colonial violence on kinship, and Indigenous knowledge and health activism. Chapters also explore how Indigenous peoples are responding to both the health crises in their communities and the ways for non-Indigenous people to engage in building positive health outcomes with Indigenous communities.
Global Indigenous Health is unique and timely: it deals with the historical and ongoing traumas associated with colonization and colonialism, promotes understanding of Indigenous concepts of health and healing, and proposes ways of moving forward for health equity.
A penetrating and broad-ranging analysis of the most salient issues impacting the cultural, social, and political well-being of Indigenous peoples around the world. The most comprehensive compilation on Indigenous health today, Global Indigenous Health offers expansive solutions that will last for generations.
An excellent guide to how historical and ongoing traumas of colonization and racism, as well as general misunderstandings of Indigenous ways of knowing, affect Indigenous peoples’ health. These essays explain Indigenous concepts of health and healing and show what is needed to overcome gaps in health equity.
Robert Henry is a Métis assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary.
Amanda LaVallee is a Red River Métis postdoctoral fellow at the University of Saskatchewan.
Nancy Van Styvendale is an associate professor of Native studies at the University of Alberta.
Robert Alexander Innes is a member of Cowessess First Nation and an associate professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.
Sharon L. Acoose
John E. Charlton
Colleen Anne Dell
C. Randy Duncan
Carina Fiedeldey-Van Dijk
Eleanor Louise Hadden
Robert Alexander Innes
Mark F. Ruml
Caroline L. Tait
Nancy Van Styvendale
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