Land, Family and Identity - Contextualizing Metis health and well-beingNew Report 
Land, Family and Identity: Contextualizing Metis health and well-being
Prepared by Brenda MacDougall, PhD



The National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH) is a national Aboriginal 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. The NCCAH is hosted by the University of Northern BC (UNBC) in Prince George, BC. Learn more.  


Dr. Brenda Macdougall’s report weaves together a timeline of Metis in Canada, highlighting how kinship, culture, sovereignty and governance are critical to Metis identity and to their health and well-being.

Short videos are now being produced by the NCCAH as part of the series, Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit: The role of Indigenous knowledge in supporting wellness in Inuit communities in Nunavut. The first of these videos, Rhoda’s Dream: Burying the Baby, is now complete.

In 2016, Dr. Sarah de Leeuw wrote a series of monthly cover stories for Canadian Family Physician. These stories feature anecdotes and real world examples of initiatives being undertaken by physicians across Canada who are making a difference in how health care services and programs are delivered.

All of the contributors interviewed in this video series, from the highly-acclaimed book Determinants of Indigenous Peoples’ Health in Canada: Beyond the Social, share a common concern with improving the health of Indigenous peoples in Canada and beyond. In sharing First Nations, Métis, and Inuit traditional knowledge alongside Western academic and medical knowledge, the authors demonstrate the potential gains of walking in two worlds, integrating the best of both Indigenous and Western knowledge, and honouring and respecting the diverse healing and medical practices available to us today.

On December 2-3, 2015, the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH) hosted a unique knowledge sharing and networking forum in Ottawa, Ontario, with over 100 representatives from federal, provincial/territorial, and Indigenous governments; academic and research institutions; Indigenous and non-Indigenous health organizations; and national and provincial Indigenous organizations.

The National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH) is one of the partners on a successful Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) proposal entitled, Increasing First Nations Employment Participation and the Responsiveness to Indigenous Well-Being within BC's Northern Health Authority: A Decolonizing Humanities-Based Approach.

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