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A Guide to Indigenous Health and Nursing

The Indigenous Health and Nursing guide was created for students taking NRSG-4107: Indigenous Perspectives-Health & Healing. This guide gives suggestions on searches, terminologies, books, databases, journals, and websites that focus on Indigenous health and nursing. There is a page for Dalhousie University and St. Francis Xavier University students who are participating in this course that connects them to their institution's resources and guides. 

Featured CBU Books

Indigenous Health

Health programs that are culture-based and use both western and Indigenous knowledge have the potential to be more responsive to Indigenous peoples and their rights than the status quo and could be the key to closing the gaps in Indigenous health. Manito Ikwe Kagiikwe is a program that serves substance involved women who are pregnant or early parenting. They work according to the Seven Sacred Teachings, treating women who are often the most stigmatized in the health care system with love and respect.

Dr. Anderson DeCoteau is a Cree-Saulteaux physician working in predominantly administrative/ policy/ planning type roles. She strives to ground mainstream systems approaches to Indigenous health in Indigenous rights, and Indigenous understandings and teachings around health, being healthy, and healing which sometimes requires challenging definitions of science and evidence.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Searching and Terminology

A few keywords that can be useful for your searches are:

Indigenous Aboriginal "First Nation" Inuit Métis
"Indigenous Peoples of North America" Native Indian Name of Nation or Community (e.g. Potlotek) Indigenous place names (e.g. Mi'kma'ki)


Pathologies (e.g. diabetes, cancer, etc.) Nursing
health "community health nurse"
healthcare "Qualitative research"
  • Use quotation marks when searching phrases (e.g. "Community health nurse")
  • Use a question mark to search for words with the same stem (e.g. Methods? retrieves Method, Methods, Methodology, Methological, etc.)
  • While using the CBU library and other search engines, the dominant structure for organizing information is from a western perspective. For this reason you may need to use outdated (sometimes offensive) terminology to find resources; do not hesitate to contact me for assistance navigating this.

Liaison Librarian; School of Education and Health & School of Nursing

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Kara Thompson

School of Arts and Social Sciences Librarian

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Martin Chandler