Indigenous Values and Health Systems Stewardship in Circumpolar Countries
AbstractCircumpolar regions, and the nations within which they reside, have recently gained international attention because of shared and pressing public policy issues such as climate change, resource development, endangered wildlife and sovereignty disputes. In a call for national and circumpolar action on shared areas of concern, the Arctic states health ministers recently met and signed a declaration that identified shared priorities for international cooperation. Among the areas for collaboration raised, the declaration highlighted the importance of enhancing intercultural understanding, promoting culturally appropriate health care delivery and strengthening circumpolar collaboration in culturally appropriate health care delivery. This paper responds to the opportunity for further study to fully understand indigenous values and contexts, and presents these as they may apply to a framework that will support international comparisons and systems improvements within circumpolar regions. We explored the value base of indigenous peoples and provide considerations on how these values might interface with national values, health systems values and value bases between indigenous nations particularly in the context of health system policy-making that is inevitably shared between indigenous communities and jurisdictional or federal governments. Through a mixed methods nominal consensus process, nine values were identified and described: humanity, cultural responsiveness, teaching, nourishment, community voice, kinship, respect, holism and empowerment. View Full-Text
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Chatwood, S.; Paulette, F.; Baker, G.R.; Eriksen, A.M.A.; Hansen, K.L.; Eriksen, H.; Hiratsuka, V.; Lavoie, J.; Lou, W.; Mauro, I.; Orbinski, J.; Pambrun, N.; Retallack, H.; Brown, A. Indigenous Values and Health Systems Stewardship in Circumpolar Countries. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 1462.
Chatwood S, Paulette F, Baker GR, Eriksen AMA, Hansen KL, Eriksen H, Hiratsuka V, Lavoie J, Lou W, Mauro I, Orbinski J, Pambrun N, Retallack H, Brown A. Indigenous Values and Health Systems Stewardship in Circumpolar Countries. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2017; 14(12):1462.Chicago/Turabian Style
Chatwood, Susan; Paulette, Francois; Baker, G. R.; Eriksen, Astrid M.A.; Hansen, Ketil L.; Eriksen, Heidi; Hiratsuka, Vanessa; Lavoie, Josée; Lou, Wendy; Mauro, Ian; Orbinski, James; Pambrun, Nathalie; Retallack, Hanna; Brown, Adalsteinn. 2017. "Indigenous Values and Health Systems Stewardship in Circumpolar Countries." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 14, no. 12: 1462.
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