This collection of resources was put together by the Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj (White Horse in Anishinaabemowin) working group of the Can-SOLVE CKD Network. There are recommendations under each heading which feature Indigenous expertise to add to your cultural competency knowledge bundles. Originally envisioned as a book club, we have included multi-media content from Indigenous researchers, historians, knowledge keepers and non-Indigenous allies.



Smith, M., Silva e Silva, V., Schick-Makaroff, K., Kappel, J., Bachynski, J. C., Monague, V., Paré, G. C., & Ross-White, A. (2021). Furthering cultural safety in kidney care within indigenous communities: A systematic and Narrative Review. Kidney Medicine, 3(6), 896–904.

Jull, J., King, A., King, M., Graham, I.D., Morton Ninomiya, M.E. Jacklin, K., Moody-Corbett, P.& Moore, J. E. (2020). A principled approach to research conducted with Inuit, Métis, and First Nations people: Promoting engagement inspired by the CIHR Guidelines for Health Research Involving Aboriginal People (2007-2010). The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 11(2). doi:

Rix, Liz & Moran, Charles & Kapeen, Russell & Wilson, Shawn. (2016). Building cultural bridges and two-way understanding: Working with Australian Aboriginal people within mainstream renal services. Renal Society of Australasia Journal. 12. doi:

Tremblay, M-C., Bradette-Laplante, M., Bérubé, D., Brière, É., Moisan, N., Niquay, D., Dogba, M-J., Légaré, F., McComber, A., McGavock, J., Witteman H-O. (2020). Engaging indigenous patient partners in patient-oriented research: lessons from a one-year initiative. Research Involvement and Engagement BMJ 6:44

Web Collections:

National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH) – Cultural Safety Collection

Chronic Pain Network – Indigenous Health Research Advisory Committee (IHRAC) – Indigenous Health Research Resources. ACHH.

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.  Multiple reports including the 2015 TRC report and the Calls to Action.


San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Collaborative | |

Recommended webinars:

  • Status Quo: How health system design prevents impactful transformation of Indigenous patient care
  • Two Spirit and Indigiqueer cultural safety: Considerations for relational practice and policy

Can Good People Participate in Systemic Racism? | Cecil Sveinson | April 2022 |


Teachings in the Air | Gerry Oldman | PHSA Indigenous Health

Recommended episodes:

All My Relations | Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip), and Desi Small Rodriguez (Northern Cheyenne)

DocTalks | A Doctors of BC Podcast | Season 1, Episode 2 – “Putting Indigenous cultural safety into practice: “The first step is admitting we have a problem with racism.”

Indigenous Research Books

Absolon, K. E. (2011). Kaandossiwin = how we come to know. Fernwood Pub.

Davidson, S. F., & Davidson, R. (2018). Potlatch as pedagogy: Learning through ceremony. Portage & Main Press.

Kovach, M. (2021). Indigenous methodologies: Characteristics, conversations, and contexts. University of Toronto Press.

Redvers, N. (2019). The science of the sacred: Bridging global indigenous medicine systems and modern scientific principles. North Atlantic Books.

Smith, L. T. (2012). Decolonizing methodologies: Research and indigenous peoples (2nd edition). Zed Books.

Wilson, S. (2008). Research is ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods. Fernwood Pub.

Younging, G. (2018). Elements of indigenous style a guide for writing by and about indigenous peoples. Brush Education.

Additional Book Suggestions

Archibald, J.-ann. (2014). Indigenous storywork: Educating the heart, mind, body, and spirit. UBC Press.

Belcourt, C., Flamand, R., Whitford, O., Burnouf, L., & Richardson, R. (2007). Medicines to help us: Traditional métis plant use: Study Prints & Resource Guide. Gabriel Dumont Institute.

Joseph, B. (2018). 21 things you may not know about the Indian Act: helping Canadians make reconciliation with Indigenous peoples a reality. Indigenous Relations Press.

Joseph, B (2019).  Insights, Tips & Suggestions to make reconciliation a reality.  Indigenous Relations Press.

King, T. (2012). The inconvenient indian: a curious account of native people in north america. Doubleday Canada.

Knott, H (2019). In my own moccasins:  A memoir of resilience.  University of Regina Press

Linklater, R. (2016). Decolonizing trauma work: Indigenous stories and Strategies. Langara College.

McDiarmid, J.  Highway of Tears.  Penguin Random House, Anchor Canada.

Treuer, A. (2021). Everything you wanted to know about Indians but were afraid to ask. Levine Querido.

Vowel, C. (2018). Indigenous writes: A guide to first nations, Métis, and Inuit issues in Canada. W. Ross MacDonald School Resource Services Library.

Wemigwans, J. (2018). Digital Bundle: Protecting and promoting Indigenous Knowledge Online. University of Regina.