It is with great celebration, in the time of Matariki, the start of our New Year in Aotearoa that we release our first Issue for 2018, Volume 3, Issue 1. Matariki, for us, is a time to remember those who have gone before us, to reflect on their values and efforts, and to build on their legacies. We acknowledge you all.
This year is shaping up to be very good for the Journal; we have two more issues coming out this year. One will be released in November to coincide with Healing Our Spirit Worldwide – the 8th Gathering and another in December dedicated to digital and data sovereignty for Indigenous people. Our forever link to HOSW and patron of our Editorial Board, Barry Bublitz invites you to attend this year’s gathering in Sydney, Australia. Congratulations to all of you who have had abstracts accepted.
Ngā mihi mahana o te wā makariri! Warms greetings during the cold season from the chair of our Editorial Board, Professor Brendan Hokowhitu. Brendan identifies this issue as highlighting the strengths and importance of this Journal. Seeing work from different Indigenous people side by side produces what could be described as a ‘transcultural Indigenous dialogue’ about Indigenous wellbeing. Put simply, the journal provides a space where locally indigenised truths are tabled for analyses that go beyond “discovery” or “conclusion” to that which recognises the multiplicity of Indigenous subjectivities.
In this issue we present distinctive narratives on cultural connection to land, water and ancestors, of identity and of wairua (spirituality); Indigenous insights that highlight the need to have access to relevant information management and screening of cancer; the importance of Métis women identifying and implementing pathways to culturally safe health care; and a cultural resilience programme for children which focusses on building inner strength with support from peers and mentors.
We also have an article describing an Indigenous commissioning process, a purchasing model as a guide that benefits whānau (families); and the modification of a tool originally used to assist individuals with disabilities to plan a positive way forward is offered as an innovative Indigenous research data collection tool.
To our departed
Haere atu ra ngā rangatira ki te paepae o Matariki, o Rehua, Haere atu ra ngā rangatira.
Farewell our chiefly ones go to the threshold of Matariki, of Rehua. Farewell our chiefly ones.
To our readers in our many indigenous communities, celebrate with us and find inspiration in our 2018 Matariki issue.
Matariki te whetu e arataki e! Matariki still guides us!
Closing the gaps in cancer screening with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis populations: A narrative literature review
Peter Hutchinson, Pam Tobin, Alice Muirhead, Nicole Robinson
Closing the health service gap: Métis women and solutions for culturally-safe health services
Renée Monchalin, Lisa Monchalin
Life Skills Journey: Measuring the impact of a resilience-based intervention for Métis children in Alberta
Alicia Hibbert, Fay Fletcher, Brent Hammer
Delivering on diversity: The challenges of commissioning for Whānau Ora
Amohia Boulton, Heather Gifford, Tanya Allport, Haze White
Adapting a person-centred planning tool for collecting qualitative data on an Indigenous research project
Gill Potaka-Osborne, Heather Gifford
Tupuna awa: People and politics of the Waikato River
Sleeps Standing Moetū
Maea te toi ora: Māori health transformations