New textbook's transformative narratives address coloniality in health care

A team from the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH), hosted at UNBC, has created a new textbook that addresses ongoing impacts of colonialism in health care and First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples’ health and well-being.

November 18, 2022
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(L-R) Dr. Margo Greenwood is the Academic Leader for the NCCIH, and Dr. Sarah de Leeuw is an NCCIH research associate and a UNBC Geography and UBC Northern Medical Program professor.

The new undergraduate-level textbook Introduction to Determinants of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples’ Health in Canada offers a refreshing strengths-based approach that centres Indigenous voices and experiences for effective decolonization in health care.

Compiled by an expert team of editors connected with the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health, this book gathers powerhouse contributions from primarily Indigenous academics, community leaders, health practitioners and artists.

Together, they address ongoing impacts of colonialism on Indigenous health and offer strategies to transform health care systems in this country. In compact paperback form, this beautifully presented book incorporates critical theory and analysis, storytelling, poetry, and vibrant artwork.

Editor Margo Greenwood says, “This book draws on community wisdom, contributions and intervention. It’s meaningful and relevant to a variety of audiences in health care, universities and communities. Indigenous people, non-academics and community members, will see themselves reflected here.”

“This textbook pushes far beyond the current limitations of narratives around Indigenous health and colonization,” editor Sarah de Leeuw adds. “It also provides an engaging curriculum for an entire term between two covers. Each chapter offers learning objectives and critical thinking questions and activities. It’s designed to be accessible and practical.”

The National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH), hosted at UNBC, is a national Indigenous organization established in 2005 by the Government of Canada and funded through the Public Health Agency of Canada to support First Nations, Inuit, and Métis public health renewal and health equity through knowledge translation and exchange.