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Special Issue "Indigenous Health in Canada: Integration of Community-Based Environmental, Health, Medical, Natural and Social Sciences Research to Mitigate Disparities in Wellness"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2019) | Viewed by 229

Special Issue Editors

Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, London, ON N6G 2V4, Canada
Interests: one health (ecosystem health) research in partnership with First Nations in Canada; food chain integrity, food and water safety; mechanisms of toxicity of endogenous and exogenous compounds that occur as environmental and food contaminants; human toxicity of many classes of environmental contaminants including polycyclic hydrocarbons, chlorinated hydrocarbons (dioxins, furans, PCBs), metals and metalloids, pesticides, and intermediary metabolites of plants and microorganisms; environmental toxicology; toxication and detoxication mechanisms; associations between psychosocial stress, environmental contamination and chronic disease, particularly in marginalized communities
Prof. Regna Darnell
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Guest Editor
Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Western Social Science Centre, Western University, 1151 Richmond St, London, Ontario N6G 2V4, Canada
Interests: Indigenous languages (Cree, Anishinaabemowin); Indigenous Knowledge; social change; residential mobility; traditional medicine; ecosystem health; identity; history of anthropology and linguistics; cross-cultural mis-communication; ethnohistory; medical anthropology; qualitative ethnographic methods; and community-based models of collaborative research

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Professors Jack Bend and Regna Darnell are organizing a Special Issue on “Indigenous Health in Canada: Integration of Participatory Community-Based Environmental, Health, Medical, Natural and/or Social Sciences Research to Mitigate Disparities in Wellness” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH). IJERPH is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes research articles examining the intersection of the environment in its broadest definition and public health. For detailed information regarding the journal, please refer to https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph.

André Picard, a well-known Canadian health columnist, stated recently that Indigenous health is the most urgent problem in Canada. The Indigenous or Aboriginal population living in Canada includes First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. The marked differences in wellness between Indigenous communities and non-Indigenous communities in Canada are well-documented, and they include an incidence of type 2 diabetes that is 5- to 8-fold higher amongst the Indigenous than in the general Canadian population. Moreover, drinking water safety remains an issue on First Nations reserves. The 2011 report of the Auditor General of Canada pointed out that more than 50% of these water systems pose a medium or high health risk to their users. Health Canada has recently described the major determinants of health in Canada to be: income and social status; employment and working conditions; education and literacy; childhood experiences; physical environments; social supports and coping skills; healthy behaviours; access to health services; biology and genetic endowment; gender; and culture (https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/health-promotion/population-health/what-determines-health.html) (Accessed Jan 18, 2019). Each of these falls within our broad definition of the physical and social environment.

This Issue will highlight new and traditional research and analyses on the environmental (social and physical) determinants of health amongst the Indigenous in Canada, with the goal of identifying how best to increase their wellness. Original research papers, meta-analyses, systematic reviews, case studies, conceptual frameworks, commentaries, editorials, and policy-relevant articles are solicited for this Issue. Of special interest are articles outlining novel approaches to solving these complex problems that are community-based.

The link for the Special Issue can be found: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph/special_issues/IHIC. Please note that articles in IJERPH Special Issues are published continuously (as soon as accepted) and posted online, so it is encouraged to submit at any time between now and next November.

Prof. Jack R. Bend
Prof. Regna Darnell
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • multidisciplinary research
  • benefits of research
  • environmental contaminants
  • safe food and water
  • chronic diseases, integration of health, medical, natural, and social sciences research
  • participatory community-based research
  • environmental (social and physical) determinants of wellness

Published Papers

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