Indigenous Health Hub (CFLA-FCAB Indigenous Matters Committee)

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People with aboriginal ancestry inhabit large areas of Canada; areas in brown have North American Indian plural; in magenta, Inuit plurality
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See also Aboriginal health | CHLA/ABSC (Canada) | Indigenization | Indigenous health - Canada

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Indigenous health (also known as Aboriginal health) are terms that refer to the overall health and well-being of Canada's First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. First Nations / Indigenous peoples are disproportionately affected by a number of historic, social and economic factors that have led to an overall lower health status than most Canadians. On average, compared to the general population, Indigenous peoples live seven fewer years than the general population, experience higher infant mortality, and suffer from a range of common diseases such as diabetes and HIV/AIDs more than other groups. The attainment and promotion of Aboriginal health benchmarks are thought to be crucial in improving the health status of those living in Canada's Aboriginal and First Nations' communities.

What is the Indigenous Health Hub (Working Group)

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  • The Indigenous Health Hub (Working Group) (IHH-WG) is a working group of the Indigenous Matters Committee of the CFLA/FCAB.
  • The IHH-WG also belongs to the Black Team of the Medicine wheel which has been used to create our committee structure.


  • Marlene Dorgan, MLS, Head Librarian, John W. Scott Health Sciences Library at the University of Alberta. She is a director for the Health Knowledge Network (HKN) consortium, a joint initiative of the University of Alberta and University of Calgary, that licenses health resources for academic and health practitioner communities in the Prairie provinces. She is a member of AFMC (Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada) Network on Libraries, comprised of the directors of the health sciences libraries serving the 17 faculties of medicine in Canada. Her research interests include scholarly communication, consortial models, and leadership and professional development. Marlene is also a member of the Metis Nation of Alberta.
  • Dean Giustini, MLS, MEd, is an academic and medical librarian at the UBC Library in an academic health and teaching centre at the Vancouver Hospital. Alongside with his academic and administrative duties, Dean teaches at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS), the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) and Langara College's Library and Information program. He maintains one of the largest librarian wikis in the world, HLWIKI International, where he tracks topics in Indigenous health. Twitter: giustini ORCID: 0000-0002-6197-8788
  • Anita Kora, MAS, BA (Hons.), is originally from Nain, Nunatsiavut, now residing in Ottawa, Ontario. She is currently the Librarian-Archivist for Inuit Qaujisarvingat (Inuit Knowledge Centre) at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), the national Inuit organization in Canada. ITK Library is home to a collection with an emphasis on subject areas that correspond to ITK departments, such as Health and Social Development, and Inuit-specific subject areas. In order to support health related research and initiatives being conducted by Inuit, ITK and our affiliated partners, as well as researchers, ITK Library maintains a collection with resources dedicated to Inuit-specific health.
  • Janice Linton, MLS, BA, is the Indigenous Health Librarian & Liaison Librarian for Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Since 1998, she has been responsible for developing and maintaining the libraries’ Indigenous Health Collection & Services. Located within the Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library, in the dedicated space known as Kanee Ga Ni-What Kee-Kandamowin Anishinabeck (First Peoples Place of Learning), this collection of materials is a unique special collection devoted solely to Indigenous health found in an academic medical library collection. The Neil John Maclean Library is a recognized leader in Indigenous and Northern health for its dedication to the development of the Indigenous Health Collection and Information Services over several years. Ms. Linton is honoured to be in a position to build this unique collection and to be able to provide services that contribute to the well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.
  • Obianuju Mollel, MLIS, is a senior consultant in the Knowledge Management Department at Alberta Health Services (AHS), Canada’s largest provincial health system. Obianuju has taught Health Information Librarianship at the University of Alberta and worked in health knowledge and information settings in Canada and the United States, and abroad as an e-resources consultant with the World Health Organization. She was also a researcher and broadcast journalist with CBC radio. By participating in the Indigenous Health Hub, she hopes to collaborate with other librarians, health professionals, and researchers working to improve the health of Indigenous Canadians.
  • Martin Morris, is a health sciences librarian at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, where he counts Indigenous Health information amongst his responsibilities. He has previously worked as a hospital librarian in Montreal, and as a public librarian in the UK. His research interests include the provision of library and information services to LGBTQ+ people and other traditionally underserved populations, knowledge synthesis methodologies, and the spread of innovations in library and information settings.

Goals and objectives (draft ideas at this point)

  • To perform an environmental scan of Indigenous health in Canada and create a website or database to highlight best practices; this should include the perspectives of patients and health professionals from First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities within Canada; the website or database highlighting best practices should account for the work of the Truth and Reconciliation process.
  • To share information with the Indigenous Matters Committee of CFLA/FCAB and make recommendations regarding how to inform our library communities about the Indigenous Health Hub's findings and research.
  • To develop a communication plan to share information with archivists, librarians and other information professionals in Canada (working in academic, special, government and public libraries and archives).

Meetings to date

  • January 2018
  • February 2018
  • March 2018
  • April 2018
  • Next meeting: May 2018

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