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    Lori A. Colomeda PhD on Indigenous health. Speech delivered in Brisbane (Australia), 9 September 1998.

  • Indigenous Peoples of Australia

  • WWW Virtual Library: Public Health - Native American Health Resources

  • WWW Virtual Library: Aboriginal Studies

  • WWW Virtual Library: American Indians

  • WWW Virtual Library: Circumpolar Peoples

  • WWW Virtual Library: Indigenous Studies

  • Our health - our dreaming: 1st International Congress on Epidemiology and Indigenous Health Worker Education, 19-21 August 1998, Cairns, Queensland, Australia

  • Australian Indigenous Health InfoNet - covers Australia and provides links to relevant resources, documents, and organizations, strongly recommended

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Page - a huge site, probably the best available in Australia, highly recommended

  • Aboriginal Youth Network (Canada) - provides information specifically designed for Aboriginal youth regarding programs, services, youth news, bulletins, powwow listings, art n' literature, events, Chat Lines, e-mail hook-ups and listings, with the new addition of health info sites for teens! It is our hope that youth will utilize this site to gather health information, to share thoughts and opinions, to meet other youth on-line and to provide a world venue for their needs and a platform for their voices. The Aboriginal Youth Network is a computer network which links young people in Aboriginal communities, with their peers across Canada and the world. The AYN hopes to unite ALL Canadian Aboriginal youth with a long range goal of uniting youth worldwide through this site"

  • Alaska Native Knowledge Network - "designed to serve as a resource for compiling and exchanging information related to Alaska Native knowledge systems and ways of knowing. It has been established to assist Native people, government agencies, educators and the general public in gaining access to the knowledge base that Alaska Natives have acquired through cumulative experience over millennia. The Alaska Federation of Natives and the University of Alaska, with support from the National Science Foundation, have formed the Alaska Native/Rural Education Consortium to provide support for the integration of Alaska Native knowledge and ways of knowing into the educational systems of Alaska"

  • American Indian Environmental Office - a governmental office within the US Environmental Protection Agency

  • AnthropologyWatch - "a non-government organization of researchers with expertise and training in the field of anthropology. Each member is honed in development work, with specialization in the different fields of anthropology that are concerned with Indigenous peoples and other marginalized populations. AnthroWatch advocates a holistic and integrative approach to the development process, which should, as a whole is sensitive to the nuances of cultural diversity, gender-fair, humanizing, and ecologically sound"

  • Arctic Circle - to stimulate among viewers a greater interest in the peoples and environment of the Arctic and Subarctic region; this 'electronic circle' has three interrelated themes: natural resources; history and culture; social equity and environmental justice. In addressing these issues, the presentations utilize a range of textual and photographic materials, and in the near future, sound and short video recordings. Specific topics include discussions of Sustainability, Equity, and Environmental Protection; Northern Development and the Global Economy; Ethnographic Portraits of Indigenous peoples in Alaska, Canada, Northwest Siberia, etc.; and specific studies dealing with the impact of petroleum, gas, hydroelectric, and other forms of large scale natural resource development in selected regions of the Circumpolar North

  • Association of American Indian Physicians - "dedicated to improving the health status of American Indian and Alaska Native people, training Indian physicians and other Indian health professionals, and furthering policies which affect Indian health. AAIP also fosters collaboration between western medicine and traditional Indian / Native medicine. AAIP was founded in 1971 by 13 Indian physicians who wanted to provide a forum to discuss Indian health issues and to increase the number of Indian physicians"

  • Canadian Assembly of First Nations - Native and Inuit InterNet Resources, this site is essential if you want to know what's going on in Canada, highly recommended

  • Center for World Indigenous Studies - this is a MUST! - covering almost everything

  • Cultural Survival - Cultural Survival is a non-profit organization founded in 1972 to defend the human rights and cultural autonomy of Indigenous peoples and oppressed ethnic minorities. Through research and publications we focus attention on violations of those rights and advocate alternative policies that avoid genocide, ethnic conflict and the destruction of other peoples' ways of life. Cultural Survival develops educational materials that promote tolerance and understanding of other cultures, and respect for Indigenous peoples - the world's original stewards of the environment.

  • Culture Training Manual for Medical Workers in Aboriginal Communities (Australia)

  • Earth Council: Indigenous peoples - International Conventions and Declarations relevant to Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Peoples, Mother Earth and Spirituality Project, Sustainable Development, Indigenous and Environmental Legislation

  • Fourth World Center for the Study of Indigenous Law and Politics, Denver (USA) - "founded in 1984 as a resource commons of authoritative information on Indigenous peoples' affairs. The major components of the Center's educational project are:
    • the creation and presentation of a university-level multidisciplinary curriculum focused on the study of Indigenous peoples;
    • the publication of the Fourth World Bulletin, a journal on Indigenous politics with a global concentration;
    • the development of university textbooks for the study of Indigenous politics;
    • the presentation of public forums; and
    • the presentation of testimony before international legal organizations

  • Four Worlds International Institute for Human and Community Development

  • Global Initiative for Traditional Systems of Health (GIFTS) - "a focal point for policy, research and public awareness of the health needs of 80% of the world's population, who rely on Indigenous or traditional medicines for their health and well-being" - based at Oxford University (England), Health Services Research Unit

  • Hanford Health Information Network (USA) - "The Network is a collaboration of the health agencies of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, along with nine Indian Nations. The Network was created to provide information on the known and potential health effects of the radioactive releases from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, located in south central Washington state, from 1944 to 1972. For more than 40 years, Hanford released radioactive materials into the environment, while producing plutonium for America's nuclear arsenal"

  • Health of the Indigenous Peoples Initiative - a public health program from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), a regional office of the World Health Organization

  • Bill Henderson's Links to Aboriginal Resources - rich international resources

  • Indian Health Service of the USA - this link refers to numerous US-governmental agencies and programs regarding Native Americans, though they may not like them in every case

  • Indigenous Peoples Coalition Against Biopiracy - "committed to protect Indigenous peoples biological resources from exploitation. The IPBC is a project of the Enowkin Centre in Penticton, British Columbia, with a field office and staff located on the Pyramid Lake Reservation in Nixon, Nevada. Coalition members include several Indigenous peoples organizations from throughout the Americas. The IPBC also maintains a listserv to share current information with Coalition members"

  • Indigenous Environmental Network (USA) - "IEN is governed by a National Council of Indigenous grassroots organizations and individuals. These members consists of the original founding organizations and members of the organizing Task Force. These member positions were appointed by Indigenous delegates at the 1991 and 1992 conference gatherings. The IEN member organizations and individuals consist of:
    Circle of Indigenous Youth; Dine' CARE; International Indian Treaty Council; Indigenous Womens Network; Columbia River Alliance for Economic and Environmental Education; New Mexico Alliance; Native Resource Coalition; Concerned Mescalaro Citizens; Alaska Regional IEN; Oklahoma Regional IEN; Indian Toxics Campaign - Greenpeace; Great Lakes Regional IEN; Elderly Representatives; Individual Representation"

  • Indigenous Health Network (Australia) - to facilitate research, dissemination of knowledge, exchange of information and support for projects in Indigenous health and Indigenous knowledge in community health

  • Indigenous Knowledge and Development Monitor - an online newsletter produced by Centre for International Research and Advisory Networks which is located in the Netherlands

  • Indigenous Peoples Biodiversity Information Network
    • "IBIN is being developed to as a mechanism to help Indigenous peoples to communicate and build capacity in implementing Article 8(j) of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which states:
    • (j) Subject to its national legislation, respect, preserve and maintain knowledge, innovations and practices of Indigenous and local communities embodying traditional lifestyles relevant for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and promote their wider application with the approval and involvement of the holders of such knowledge, innovations and practices and encourage the equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of such knowledge, innovations and practices;
    • IBIN is currently in a pilot phase, and is being designed to both serve the private internal needs of Indigenous groups and to facilitate the sharing information publicly. It will work to foster communications among Indigenous groups globally, and to aid Indigenous peoples form their own locally appropriate communications plans.
    • IBIN is not itself a policy-making organization or an information publisher, but will act to aid Indigenous organizations and networks form their own information sharing protocols and help make public information on the Convention on Biological Diversity and related processes more accessible to them. IBIN will offer technical assistance in making telecommunications tools and other communication methods accessible to Indigenous groups and help build their capacity to use them more effectively"

  • Indigenous Women's Network - The Indigenous Women's Network (IWN) was created to further the empowerment of Indigenous women, their families, communities, and Nations within the Americas and the Pacific Basin. IWN will educate and advocate for revitalization of Indigenous languages and cultures, protection of religious and cultural practices, land recovery, and environmental protection, in the hope of eliminating all forms of oppression, attaining self-sufficiency and protecting Mother Earth.

  • Indigenous Women's Environmental Network - "an ad-hoc group of Aboriginal Women in Saskatchewan who are concerned about environmental issues and the impact that megaprojects have on Indigenous people. We have been working for several years on issues such as uranium mining, clearcutting, and damming of river systems. We are also concerned with other issues that impact on the survival of Aboriginal people in Saskatchewan. The issue that is foremost in our minds at this point, and the main drive force behind wanting to organise Indigenous women in Saskatchewan, is the new threat to all our lives in the form of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council's proposal to build a permanent high level nuclear waste repository in northern Saskatchewan"

  • International Indian Treaty Council - "an organization of Indigenous Peoples from North, Central, South America and the Pacific working for the Sovereignty and Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples and the recognition and protection of Indigenous Rights, Traditional Cultures and Sacred Lands"

  • Inuit Circumpolar Conference - a NGO that represents the 125,000 Inuit of Russia (Chukotka), United States of America (Alaska), Canada, and Denmark (Greenland). Formed in 1977, the ICC holds NGO status within the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and represents the Inuit in the international arena of environmental and social initiatives"

  • Koori Health Unit (Australia) - located with the State Government of Victoria, the web-site provides an insight into alternative ways and means of public health as developed by the Indigenous Peoples of Victoria (and perhaps Australia?)

  • Native American Adventure - a rich resource on the culture and history of Native Americans

  • Native American Indian Resources - this is an excellent resource with more than 300 pages provided by the late Paula Giese; she's done a great job - strongly recommended

  • Native American Sites - provided by Lisa Mitten, who is "a mixed-blood Mohawk urban Indian, and a librarian at the University of Pittsburgh. My goal is to provide access to home pages of individual Native Americans and Nations, and to other sites that provide solid information about American Indians"

  • Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center - "In 1985 a group of Native Americans living on (or near) the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota formed the Native American Community Board (NACB) to address pertinent issues of Health, Education, Land and Water Rights, and Economic Development of Native American people. In 1986 the Native American Community Board incorporated under the laws of South Dakota as a non-profit tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 organization. The First NACB project developed was "Women and Children in Alcohol a Fetal Alcohol Syndrome program. This program defined the direction of subsequent health work. In February of 1988 the NACB opened the First Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center (Resource Center) located on a reservation in the U.S. In October 1991, after a long legal battle, the Domestic Violence program of the Resource Center opened a shelter for battered women a few blocks away from the Resource Center. The shelter is a modern, spacious, four bedroom home and is able to provide women and their children with a safe place to escape domestic violence and sexual assault"

  • Native Americans and the Environment - the site currently contains about 850 bibliographic entries and 250 Internet resources; it's a volunteer's labor of love

  • Native Media Resource Center - Peggy Berryhill states: "I'd like to introduce you to some Native American media resources. Since my work has been primarily with Native radio this is a good place to get acquainted with Native owned and operated public radio stations. In addition I have some links to Native media organizations and some publications. At this site I'll also cover issues relating to Native culture, both urban and rural and I'll also share information from some of the pathways I walk on during my lifes' journey."

  • Native Net - designed to promote dialogue and understanding regarding Indigenous peoples of all parts of the world. It provides a set of electronic mailing lists and archives and maintains a list of references to relevant information on the Web

  • NativeWeb - provides access to Indigenous peoples particular in the Americas, rich resources and thus highly recommended

  • Northern Rim Institute - The Northern Rim Institute (NRI) was incorporated in 1993 as a non-profit organization to conduct research and provide education and information of relevance to sustainable development of Northern Rim communities and bioregions. NRI's mission is to provide services for existing institutions and organizations in all countries within the Northern Rim. NRI seeks to cooperate with all sectors to explore and persue developement that balances innovation with tradition, ecology with economy, and culture with technology.

  • People's Path - "This Internet site was created in the hope that all people, no matter what their own culture may be able to find a bit of information that might be helpful in the understanding of American Indian Culture and other Native Cultures from all over our Mother which is called Earth!"

  • Planet Peace - "Planet Peace is run by Indigenous community organizers and activists dedicated to the world-wide distribution of information regarding Indigenous and Environmental grassroots initiatives from around the globe. Its our mission to convey, inform, educate, and promote those principles which are dedicated to the protection and preservation of our cultures, traditional customs and ceremonies."

  • Red Feather Development Group - Red Feather focuses its effort towards the elderly because they are the only ones left to pass on the tribe's rich oral traditions and ancient customs. Also, because of their age and lack of employment, elders tend to have the fewest options when it comes to obtaining a home. With life expectancy on Indian reservations at only 42 years, elders are precious, and without them there is little for the young to follow.

  • San Diego American Indian Health Center - The San Diego American Indian Health Center (SDAIHC) is a private, non-profit American Indian-governed corporation established in 1979 to provide culturally appropriate services to American Indians living in the metropolitan San Diego area.

  • Selkirk Healing Centre (Canada) - The Selkirk Healing Centre is a therapeutic community that strives to affect positive change in the environment, peer groups, family relationships, work habits, attitudes and values of its residents. It is a community focused on abstinence from substance use and abuse, and complimented by the support of concerned people working together to help themselves and each other within a holistic environment.

  • Taiga Rescue Network - a network of organizations of the Polar Circle

  • UN-International Decade 1995-2004: Indigenous People

  • University of Saskatchewan, Native Studies Department - tertiary education on Indigenous peoples, very good resource

  • Village of First Nations - excellent site with lots of information on culture and spirituality

  • Yooroang Garang - Center for Indigenous Health Studies - located at the University of Sydney, this link provides information on Indigenous studies plus a link to the Indigenous Health Network - highly recommended

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