Kidney disease has a strong impact on the health of Indigenous communities. It is critical that strategies to improve kidney health include culturally appropriate engagement with Indigenous peoples.

We have created a new learning module to emphasize the important roles and teachings of Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, as well as how to foster meaningful and reciprocal relationships between researchers and Indigenous Knowledge Keepers. The module was created through individual interviews and two gatherings with Knowledge Keepers from several First Nations and Métis communities in numerous Canadian provinces.

This approach aims to build culturally competent spaces for researchers, patients, and Knowledge Keepers to come together to gain understanding of a wholistic context for scientific observations. This work is strongly informed by patients’ lived experience of a range of kidney health issues, including living donor transplantation.

To access the Knowledge Keepers in Research module, please complete the brief form on the right. A direct link to the resource will be sent to your email.