Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Series
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.