Indigenous perspectives on education for sustainable healthcare

Nicole Redvers*, Clinton Schultz, Melissa Vera Prince, Myrna Cunningham, Rhys Jones, Be’sha Blondin

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A range of global environmental changes are contributing to an increasing global burden of disease. Since human health and well-being are intimately associated with the health of our planet, healthcare providers will not only be charged with caring for this expanding disease burden but will also need to become more environmentally sustainable in their professional practice. There is thus an urgent need in the health professions education community to prioritize environmentally sustainable healthcare practice, which must include and prioritize Indigenous voices and Indigenous knowledge systems. Critical global dialogue on the significance of Indigenous knowledge systems in educating health professionals for a sustainable future will be required if we are ready to ensure the generations that follow us are able to live healthy lives. Indigenous ways of ‘being’ in the world, which emphasize the importance of interconnection and reciprocal stewardship with everything in the natural world, are essential for advancing education for sustainable healthcare and overall well-being. Given the colonial legacy however, Indigenous people, despite their essential knowledge systems and abilities, still face many barriers accessing safe decolonizing spaces and presence in health professions education, which needs to be addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1085-1090
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Teacher
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2020


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