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Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Studies is an interdisciplinary field grounded in the languages, histories, geographies, and contemporary experiences of Indigenous peoples


Health: Overview

Traditionally Indigenous Peoples practice a complex and integrated health care approach that connects mind, body, and spirit. Indigenous Peoples in what we now call Canada have experienced many health complexities that are linked to colonialism and colonial practices. In addition, the removal of Indigenous Peoples from their traditional lands combined with the destruction and contamination of natural resources have left Indigenous Peoples without access to traditional medicines and have marginalized Indigenous Traditional Knowledge to support health and well being. While the colonial history may be bleak, many Indigenous Peoples are participating in a resurgence of Indigenous Knowledge and taking agency in their healing of their communities.

Health: Web Resources

  1. COVID 19 and Indigenous Peoples: United Nations Permanent Form on Indigenous Issues
  2. Indigenous Health: Government of Canada

Health: DVDs and Streaming

  1. COVID 19 and Indigenous Peoples: United Nations Permanent Form on Indigenous Issues- 2h 10min - United Nations Zoom Recording 
  2. Return: Native American Women Reclaim Foodways for Health & Spiritt - 29min - Kanopy streaming 
  3. Growing Native Northwest: Coast Salish - 55min - Kanopy streaming 
  4. Thunderblanket - 15min - Curio streaming


Book cover: A feast for all seasons : traditional Native peoples' cuisine / Andrew George Jr. and Robert Gairn
Book cover:  Alan Syliboy : culture is our medicine / Ray Cronin.
Book cover: Legacy: Trauma, story, and Indigenous healing
Book cover:  Medicines to help us : traditional Métis plant use : study prints & resource guide / Christi Belcourt ; Michif translations by Rita Flamand & Laura Burnouf ; with an essay by Rose Richardson
Book cover: TCover Image Taking back our spirits: Indigenous literature, public policy, and healing
Book cover: Advancing health equity for Native American youth: workshop summary
Book cover: Indigenous peoples and dementia: new understandings of memory loss and memory care
Book cover: The science of the sacred : bridging global Indigenous medicine systems and modern scientific principles / Nicole Redvers.