Indigenous knowledges in health policy in Aotearoa New Zealand and Saskatchewan, Canada: Strategies for revitalisation?


Indigenous knowledges are protected by the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In Aotearoa New Zealand, components of Māori knowledges have been part of health policy for more than two decades. By contrast, Saskatchewan engages First Nations and Metis knowledges in health programmes. A study was undertaken to investigate the strengths and challenges of engaging Māori, First Nations and Metis knowledges in policy and programmes as strategies for knowledge revitalisation. Findings indicate these are less than optimal sites for revitalisation because Māori, First Nations and Metis peoples are marginalised within structures of government.