Welcome to the website of the International Network for Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development (INIHKD). The INIHKD is a new international assembly dedicated to improving the health of indigenous peoples in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States through indigenous and community-led research, health services and workforce development.
The continuing disparities between the health of indigenous people and the non-indigenous settlers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States of America is a matter of major concern within each country. In each country the legacies of colonial dispossession, land alienation, forcible relocation, suppression of indigenous cultural practices, values and beliefs, loss of language, disruption of families, violations of indigenous inherent sovereignty and right to self-determination, treaties, international law and indigenous cultural law, and other factors, have resulted in indigenous peoples experiencing a deplorable health status compared to non-indigenous settlers.
Remarkable similarities in health status, epidemiology, key health issues, trends in health and disease and the causal syndemic factors that underlie these findings are evident in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Maori, Canadian Aboriginal, Kanaka Maoli, American Indian and Alaska Native peoples. There are also some striking differences relating to these factors. In response to demands, each colonial government has initiated health programmes. The policies and strategies used to impact indigenous health have varied, as have the results. We believe that there is much to be learned from sharing each other’s approaches, experiences and results. An International Network in Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development will provide this opportunity.
Knowledge translation is promoted in the INIHKD through activities designed to build capacity, stimulate research, and strengthen and expand the international knowledge translation system. The aim is to translate new knowledge from the research setting to real-world applications in order to provide more effective health services and strengthen health care systems, thereby improving the health of indigenous people.