Vol. 3 No. 10 (2023)
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Series

Searching for Indigenous Health Information and Knowledges

Published October 18, 2023

Key Messages

What was the question?

  • How can we work toward reconciliation by improving search methods for CADTH projects on Indigenous health topics?

What did we do?

  • We scanned the library and information science literature to find mention of searching for Indigenous topics.
  • We examined a list of key journals to determine their inclusion in bibliographic databases.
  • We analyzed a set of evidence reviews to assess their search methods.
  • We expanded the library collection to include Indigenous research methodologies.

What did we find?

  • Standard biomedical sources for literature searching do not include the full spectrum of Indigenous health information and Indigenous Knowledges.
  • Development of research and literature searching methodology for Indigenous health topics must ensure Indigenous Knowledges are respected and Indigenous communities are consulted.

What does this mean?

  • Current search methods may not adequately retrieve relevant sources of Indigenous health information.
  • CADTH is taking steps to expand literature search methods to retrieve sources of Indigenous information.
  • This work aligns with CADTH's commitment to reconciliation as outlined in our Strategic Plan and Statement of Reconciliation.
  • Further engagement with Indigenous communities is needed to help ensure respect is maintained in CADTH's reconciliation work moving forward.