International Journal of Indigenous Health – Special Call for Papers

Volume 14, Issue 3 – Guest Edition of the First Nations Health Authority

Health Systems Innovation: Privileging Indigenous Knowledge, Ensuring Respectful Care, and Ending Racism towards First Nations in Service Delivery

The International Journal of Indigenous Health (IJIH) is pleased to announce a special call for papers from Guest Co-Editors at the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), based in British Columbia, Canada—Dr. Evan Adams, Chief Medical Officer and Sonia Isaac-Mann, Vice President, Programs and Services.

The FNHA welcomes submissions from Indigenous communities and organizations, community-based and academic researchers, and research trainees that utilize Indigenous cultural knowledge and values in health systems innovation. For example, to address intergenerational and complex trauma in Indigenous populations, health systems innovation requires development of cultural safety and humility education and action plans, trauma-informed care approaches, and anti-racism strategies that are Indigenous-specific. Submissions based in cultural principles and teachings in Indigenous health and wellness (and that are grounded in strengths-based approaches and drawn from evidence-based community-driven research), interventions (including programs), and promising practices are especially welcome. The FNHA is particularly interested in receiving submissions that reflect full authorship and collaboration with Indigenous communities and partners. Papers grounded in the ancestral traditions and voices of Indigenous Nations and communities are invited and welcome from within BC, across Canada, and internationally.

In this special guest edition, the FNHA prioritizes submissions identifying health systems innovations including cultural safety and humility education and action plans, trauma-informed care approaches, and anti-racism strategies that are Indigenous-specific. Some areas include:

• Indigenous ways of being, knowing, and healing; Indigenous cultural knowledge in mental health and wellness.

• Land-based health and healing service delivery models based in culture and connection.

• Cultural Indigenous practices for improving and maintaining health and wellness. Programs and approaches to data based in the First Nations Perspective on Health andWellness.

• Innovative primary care models for First Nations and Indigenous Peoples.

• Strategies to address systemic racism and meet community- and population-defined quality of care standards for Indigenous Peoples.

• Regional, Nation-based, and community-identified health issues and care priorities. Emergent critical health issues affecting Indigenous Peoples (e.g., HIV/Hep C, access to primary care, trauma, mental health and wellness, prevention and living well with chronic disease).

•​ Research conducted in accordance with Indigenous research ethics (e.g., OCAP® in the Canadian context) in priority areas.


The FNHA welcomes the following types of submissions for this special guest edition:

​• Primary research: standard journal article arising from original research conducted in community, university, or practice settings (maximum 5,000 words excluding tables, figures, and references).

• Promising practices: standard journal article on promising practices arising from a community- based or health service delivery project or program. For example, an intervention, program, or activity with a measured and demonstrated positive impact on health outcomes (maximum 3,500 words excluding tables, figures, and references).

• Narrative, storytelling, and grounded-in-Indigenous Knowledge submissions: research, promising practices, stories and story-telling, and knowledge drawing from Indigenous cultural values, beliefs, and traditional knowledge systems that have relevance and significance in the contemporary health care context (maximum 3,500 words excluding tables, figures, and references).

•​ Research trainee: standard journal article arising from original research conducted as part of a Master’s, PhD, clinical and/or research training program (3,500 words excluding tables, figures, and references)


Submissions that meet all guidelines and are ready for peer review are due by September 30, 2019. Submissions received after this date will not be reviewed. The guest edition is set for publication in spring 2020.


For more information, please read the complete call for submissions