Indigenous health promotion is the focus of a supplement issue of the Global Health Promotion Journal that is now available online. The journal is owned by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE).
Titled “Whenua Ora: Healthy Lands, Healthy Peoples” the supplement was launched in association with the 23rd World Conference on Health Promotion cos-hosted by IUHPE and the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand in Rotorua from April 7-11 this year.
The issue’s editorial which points out the need for a swift paradigmatic shift in health promotion was reflected in the theme of the conference: ‘Waiora: Promoting Planetary Health and Sustainable Development for All.’
The theme “explicitly recognizes the immediacy for health promotion researchers and practitioners to adopt an ecological view of health and prioritise sustainable development if health promotion is to remain relevant, prevention-oriented, and to intervene upon the greatest threat to human health.”
“This supplement issue was one of the outcomes of the conference, and is very much in line with the two legacy statements released at the conference,” says HPF’s Executive Director Sione Tu’itahi.
Mihi Ratima, Director, Taumata Associates, New Zealand is one of the supplement’s guest editors. Dr Ratima was the editor of the The Waiora Indigenous legacy document released at the conference.
The other guest editors are: Debbie Martin, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health and Wellbeing, Dalhousie University, Canada; Treena Wasonti:io Delormier, Associate Director, Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition & Environment (CINE), McGill University, Canada and Heather Castleden, Canada Research Chair in Reconciling Relations for Health, Environments, and Communities, Queen’s University, Canada.
The supplement was organised and published by IUHPE as part of a project developed in collaboration with, and supported by, the Public Health Agency of Canada.