Northern and Indigenous Health and Health Care

Editors: Dr. Heather Exner-Pirot, University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Bente Norbye, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, and Dr. Lorna Butler, University of Saskatchewan

The provision of northern health care entails many unique challenges and circumstances that are rarely represented in mainstream health sciences education. This OpenEd Resource provides accessible content on health and health care from a northern perspective for the growing number of health professionals being educated in northern communities.

Northern and Indigenous Health and Healthcare includes 38 short chapters from 51 experts, academics, and practitioners in northern and Indigenous health and health care from around the Circumpolar North on the following themes:

  • Community Health in Northern and Indigenous Communities
  • Social Determinants and Structural Impacts on Northern and Indigenous Health
  • Culture and Health
  • Innovations in Northern Health Care
  • Professional practice in Northern and Indigenous Communities

The learning objectives for this OpenEd Resource include:

  • Understanding the unique healthcare needs and professional responsibilities that result from remoteness and population sparsity;
  • Identifying the social, environmental and cultural aspects of a community that inform and impact care needs;
  • Appreciating traditional and Indigenous medicines and approaches to healing as part of a holistic care system; and
  • Exploring the similarities and differences in northern health care across the circumpolar region.

Northern and Indigenous Health and Healthcare is an open access, online resource organized and edited by the University of the Arctic Thematic Network on Northern Nursing Education, and supported by the University of Saskatchewan and the Rebus Foundation.

It is published under the CC BY 4.0 creative commons license:

  • Instructors can not only adopt the book, but also adapt it with attribution – revising, remixing, and redistributing the work to meet their personalized classroom needs.
  • Instructors can use parts of the book, or write new additions, which they can send back to the original creators if they would like. They can translate it into other languages, enabling international usage.
  • Students have no limitations. They can access the book freely, and read it in a variety of formats (ebook, digital PDF).
  • Students can interact with, comment on, annotate and leave feedback for the book using Hypothes.is, a web-based annotation tool, and in so doing, enable continuous iteration and conversation around the resource.

For more information contact Dr. Heather Exner-Pirot at: or +1 306 966-5770.