Inexcusable gaps in health care services, medication coverage, and negative health outcomes exist for Indigenous Peoples. Notable gaps in health care are present in maternal health, suicide, mental health, addiction, chronic disease, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.1,2,3,4,5 Medication coverage is still inequitable under the racist and colonial 'Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program,' as Indigenous Peoples experience differences in eligible health and medication services; unreasonable administrative procedures; and timely access to medications.6 Sadly, there is also no shortage of examples depicting deadly health outcomes for Indigenous Peoples, such as the cases of Brian Sinclair and Joyce Echaquan.
The goal of this page is to advance decolonization efforts within pharmacy education and practice, as well as to highlight Indigenous research, voices, and ways of knowing by:
Hedges are standardized search strategies that can be used to help retrieve relevant articles.Hedges are also called filters, clinical queries, or optimal search strategies. They are not a guarantee of retrieving quality research; you still need to critically appraise results for quality and relevance.
Connect with your subject librarian for assistance in utilizing these comprehensive search filters.
“In order to work toward reconciliation in the health care system, Indigenous knowledge and evidence must be recognized as legitimate and integral to the health and well-being of Indigenous people.”7
In Swidrovich's presentation, Evidence-based medicine through an Indigenous lens, they advise:
Phrase any "criticism" of other medicines, practices, and approaches in a way that will not feel patronizing.
"That is really interesting. My training in Western medicine did not include _____, but based on what I do know, it doesn't sound like ______ will be harmful.”8