Indigenous Knowledge to Close Gaps in Indigenous Health | Marcia Anderson-DeCoteau | TEDxUManitoba

Indigenous Knowledge to Close Gaps in Indigenous Health | Marcia Anderson-DeCoteau | TEDxUManitoba

Health programs that are culture-based and use both western and Indigenous knowledge have the potential to be more responsive to Indigenous peoples and their rights than the status quo and could be the key to closing the gaps in Indigenous health.

Manito Ikwe Kagiikwe is a program that serves substance involved women who are pregnant or early parenting. They work according to the Seven Sacred Teachings, treating women who are often the most stigmatized in the health care system with love and respect.

Dr. Anderson DeCoteau is a Cree-Saulteaux physician working in predominantly administrative/ policy/ planning
type roles. She strives to ground mainstream systems approaches to Indigenous health in Indigenous rights, and Indigenous understandings and teachings around health, being healthy, and healingwhich sometimes requires
challenging definitions of science and evidence.of

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


  1. Melanie Roseluiz on December 26, 2021 at 4:12 pm


  2. Tracy L on December 26, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    i am a man from the sucker clan my mother is hurt and my father is in pain ,these are their names. My name is: fit the description.thats my indian name ,but strong and watching.the first time i realized that i was different is when a vice principal slammed my head in a locker ,oh yeah i grew up in east kildonan in the 1980s ,i am a registered member of gardin hill .i have been beat by police and busted up 12 times since 1993 not tickled with feathers but broken down bones , heart and spirit . ive been left for dead three times in the winnipeg remand centre ,the last time really left mark , but i feel for the ones that think that they understand and tell there story about all of us .because you women forget that us men are getting put in jail for charges that dont deserve to be taken away , i know cause i fit the description of the subject that is the one they want to drag down! from: fit the description .

  3. Nat on December 26, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    More people need to watch this. Thank you for talking about this and doing something about it👍

  4. New South Welshman on December 26, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    Health tip number 1: petrol is not good for the human body…now this is some real aboriginal knowledge right here

  5. Unkie Sacredspirit on December 26, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Teachings: Determination,Diet and motivation. Setting personal goals and start moving. Why do people make it about racism??.. death by a urinary tract infection sounds like uncontrolled diabetes and late medical help. If everyone took control of their personal health care..our A1Cs would improve and decrease cost of healthcare.

  6. Chanel Van Zile on December 26, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Chii Migwech!

  7. Bolobear 76 on December 26, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks for sharing your strength love you keep it up.

  8. Cheny Deniz on December 26, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Wow .. glad to be here

  9. Gregg Robert Ashcroft on December 26, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Powerful, Informative and all round brilliant!!!!! More people like you please Marcia. Diolch yn fawr iawn i chi o Gymru (Sending thanks to you from Wales). We all need to keep sharing such knowledge and opening peoples eyes to the racism and prejudice!!!!

  10. Lynn Gehl on December 26, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    so wonderful. Chi-Miigwetch

  11. TxExMxiii on December 26, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    💙 HearT 🧡

  12. Colin Reed on December 26, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    Gi Gichi Nanaakomin! Ogimaakwe! Ogichidaakwe!

  13. Julia kim on December 26, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    Entrenchment of poverty, chronic underfunding of education systems for indigenous children

  14. Deedz Dida on December 26, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    Meegwetch for this. I will watch this again, this is a valuable video, lots of knowledge in it. Meegwetch

  15. Jason Miniter on December 26, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    Thank you for sharing very inspiring.

  16. Conrad Smith on December 26, 2021 at 4:43 pm


  17. Jafar Ali Jaffery on December 26, 2021 at 4:44 pm


  18. tracy lee moss on December 26, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    Is there away to stop the subtitles ….? PLEASE ..they are inacurate and really unsettling as a result….please take down the inncorrect subtitles ..

  19. tracy lee moss on December 26, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    Seriously the subtitles are actually insulting in their mid translation…BRUTAL …YouTube ! STEP UP AND "STOP "this immediately🙄😔

  20. Jevin Brandon on December 26, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    I think the diabetes in us (the first nations people) is because our bodies arnt used to digesting all the white man foods and man made gmo’s and ect.

  21. Janet Mathieson on December 26, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    I watched this a day after the arrests at the Wetswetin blockade. It’s important to me to educate myself on the lies and pain that my people have committed in the over 200 years my ancestors have been on the continent. Thank you for this.

  22. Priscilla Wagner on December 26, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    This was very enlightening. Thank you for sharing! ♥️

  23. nicholas sweazey on December 26, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    thank you for sharing your ancient wisdom

  24. krause0082 on December 26, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    Having free healthcare must be terrible! Simple solution for rampant diabetes; LAY OFF THE BOOZE!

  25. Kerri Helsley on December 26, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    Anyone know of the United States "equivalent" of this talk??? Or even something more comprehensive about all underserved people in the US healthcare system? I am starting a training for my family medicine practice in the US. I love this video in particular because we too hire people with their kindness as a priority….and it is our mission.

  26. Donna Leggott on December 26, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    I have watched this video 3 times, I will watch it more, so much to learn ….and so much we can do and change …thank you

  27. Ali al ansari on December 26, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    health 102 where u at

  28. MSP Hidalgo on December 26, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    wow. this is so inspiring. thank you for sharing.

  29. Matthew Shepherd on December 26, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    It appears that some people in the comments really are not paying attention to what is being said there. Instead, they are trying to diminish her impact and teaching of her, and others like her, experience with racism in the Canadian healthcare system.

  30. mattizzle Soda on December 26, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    I don’t know, she is talking about racism being the cause of poor health, diabetes, etc. Meanwhile she is slightly overweight, at a level that is certainly high enough to cause diabetes. I think education and self control is an issue there. They have similar issues in Fiji where the native locals are a majority. Poor education on diet, etc has resulted in very high rates of obesity. They eat themselves to death, and ignorance is the only cause.

    Stop trying to blame something like that on everyone else. Take care of yourselves and take responsibility.

  31. shawna rocks her feathers with hoops hill on December 26, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    I just took part in an inquiry about how aboriginal mother’s and their children receive treatment and services in the health care system in Ontario. Turns out I wasn’t alone…many are ignored or dismissed when we have concerns, racism is SO PREVALENT and in your face at times. I had concerns and took my daughter to a pediatrician who didn’t ask questions right away, she literally striped my baby and examined her from head to toe, as my husband and I stood trying to figure out why the doctor hasn’t asked any questions, she looked us in the eye and said " I’m looking for bite marks, burns and bruises" my stomach dropped. I decided to do the inquiry because not only have I experienced this treatment but my mother died 6 years ago because her doctor refused to send her to a specialist when he cut her toe nails to short and she developed gangrene, when I went to visit my mother in ICU the tube that drains feces was full and about to go back into her, Tests came back that my mother haf human feces on her freshly amputated leg and died 6 days later on my brother’s birthday. We need to speak up for our elders and babies, the treatment first Nations people get at times by doctors and nurses is inhumane. As a great onkwehon:we woman once said " don’t fear the fight, fear standing still because courage is getting knocked down but getting back up, standing still is far more dangerous" Nya:Weh for this video

  32. Dawne Zone on December 26, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    Kia Kaha

  33. Janelle on December 26, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    The Pincher Creek Alberta hospital used covid swabs as an excuse for me not to monitor my 73 year old mothers care; where 4days prior I had a negative swab, with no covid contact to the day of witnessing my mothers poor care with an IV, today!  She was convulsing and shaking extensively, very prominent.  Therefore, I asked what she had been given with her IV.  Where nothing for her muscle intake nor brain relief!
    I had to persist unrelenting.  In order for her to have one adivan.  No further along, much of her shaking and unsteady gait, had resided.
    This shows the incapacity of medication care and the means to cover up this malpractice, with doctor directive under nurse authority to hide abuse!

    I am scared for my mom and the abuse she is to endure, without adequate attention to her right for specialist care and proper treatment.
    I have further witnessed self inflicted pain that has seemingly become a practise for suffering and alliance abuse.  With my family abuser and my moms family doctor.  I believe these are symptoms of suicide.  Where signs and symptoms are used as a sign of mental health wellness.  And this wrong!  The source of poor health with the need for treatment, is denied and the actual cause is overlooked, as a means for nursing care comfort.

    The Pincher Creek hospital is over runned with money making schemes, through over extended hourly wages, and low activity on the job conditioning.
    I am appalled as a common regular community member, to witness such cruel and unusual punishments, with profuse controllive tactics.  To adhere to even proving my own incapacity for reason, right in the ER!!
    My family doesn’t know about medical care policy and procedures, nor have many people gone to medical school, where common practise is a reasonable factor.

    To treat the rural community in equal populous to the sectioned city populous numbers, like there us any difference in need and resource access, with specialist level care.  Is very inadequate.

    And there is clearly a pattern to use personal funds for grand wages with long durations of hourly income.  Rather than, on site specialist appointments and consultations.  That would give the Health centre and Hospital care, appropriate exposure and development.

  34. Sabrina McAlister on December 26, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    Dr IGUDIA on YouTube natural herbs medication are indeed very effective when it comes to Diabetes cure. I have been using his herbal medication and I’m loving my new life again after suffering from type 2 Diabetes for years.

  35. KEREM SAYIN on December 26, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    She introduced herself in Dakota, right?