Hotıì ts'eeda partners on special issue of Northern Public Affairs

Hotıì ts'eeda is pleased to announce the publication of a partnership special issue of Northern Public Affairs. It is the first publication of this type for Hotıì ts'eeda and brings together information on a wide range of research taking place in the Northwest Territories (NWT).

The issue is called: ‘Working together for good health,’ which is also the meaning of the name Hotıì ts'eeda. It features articles on health research, policy and practice, as well as interviews and personal reflections from community members, health researchers, and cultural knowledge holders.

This special issue is a direct reflection of the Hotıì ts'eeda mission and approach,” said Hotıì ts'eeda Chairperson John B. Zoe. “It not only highlights important health research taking place in the NWT, it also shows what respectful research partnerships that create spaces for Indigenous control and decision-making can look like.”

Articles highlight examples of excellence and innovation, where communities are leading the way on their health priorities and partnerships are being created that embody the meaning of working together for good health. They point to areas where momentum is growing, as well as work that still needs to be done.

The publication includes the work of researchers and research projects that have been funded through Hotıì ts’eeda funding programs. Some of the contributions are based on presentations given at Hotıì ts’eeda’s 2019 Ełèts’ehdèe (“gathering”), including an edited version of the keynote speech given by Dr. Donna May Kimmialardjuk, who is Chief Resident of Cardiac Surgery at University of Ottawa Heart Institute, and Canada’s first Inuk heart surgeon.

The special issue demonstrates best practices in health related-research, in an open-access format available to all,” said Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox, the founding scientific director of Hotıì ts’eeda. “It also provides readers with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the importance of Indigenous cultural resurgence as a basis for good health.”

The special issue is available via the Hotıì ts’eeda website ( and will be distributed to community members, policy makers, and community organizations in the NWT, as well as subscribers of Northern Public Affairs in Canada and around the world.

Some of the content for the special issue was received through a call for contributors in 2019, while other articles and interviews were solicited by Hotıì ts’eeda.

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