Indigenous Wellness Indicators

A collaboration of the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health, the First Nations Health Authority of British Columbia and the International Group on Indigenous Health Measurement

Comprehensive, practical and culturally appropriate indicators are needed to gain an accurate and wholistic picture of the health and wellness of Indigenous populations. If researchers and health service providers are to aid and support Indigenous peoples in their journey towards healing and wellness, these indicators must be integrated across the continuum of health policy and program development, implementation and evaluation. On 3 October 2014, experts from several countries were brought together to share their knowledge and unique insights with respect to Indigenous Wellness.

This document is a synthesis of nine Indigenous presentations from the Wellness Indicators Day.



Most of our team lives and works on Treaty 6 territory and the Homeland of the Métis. The original peoples of these lands are the Cree, Saulteaux, Dene, Dakota, Lakota, Nakota, and Métis. Others are based in Vancouver, on the unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. We encourage everyone, wherever they are, to learn about the Indigenous people of the lands on which they live and work. We seek to become engaged allies together. In the spirit of truth and reconciliation, we respect the self-determination of First Nations, Métis and Inuit – in their cultures, languages and their pursuit of wellness.

© 2023 Pewaseskwan (the Indigenous Wellness Research Group) | Office of the Cameco Chair in Indigenous Health and Wellness, University of Saskatchewan.