Global Indigenous Health

Reconciling the Past, Engaging the Present, Animating the Future

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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 to 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 as it deals with the historical and ongoing traumas associated with colonization and colonialism, understanding Indigenous concepts of health and healing, and ways of moving forward for health equity.


Sharon Leslie Acoose
Seth Adema
Peter Butt
John E. Charlton
Colleen Anne Dell
Debra Dell
Paul DePasquale
Judy A. Dow
C. Randy Duncan
Carina Fiedeldey-Van Dijk
Barbara Fornssler
Chelsea Gabel
Eleanor Louise Hadden
Laura Hall
Robert Henry
Carol Hopkins
Robert Alexander Innes
Simon Lambert
Amanda LaVallee
Josh Levy
Rachel Loewen Walker
David B. MacDonald
Peter Menzies
Christopher Mushquash
David Mykota
Nancy Poole
Alicia Powell
Ioana Radu
Margo Rowan
Mark F. Ruml
Caroline L. Tait
Lisa Tatonetti
Margaretha Uttjek
Nancy Van Styvendale
“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.”—Andrew Jolivette, author of Indian Blood: HIV and Colonial Trauma in San Francisco’s Two-Spirit Community

“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.”—Malcolm King, Professor of Community Health and Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan
Global Indigenous Health
352 Pages 6 x 9
Published: June 2019Paperback ISBN: 9780816540204
Published: October 2018Ebook ISBN: 9780816538942

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