Powerful, moving stories about the impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) upon Indigenous peoples globally were shared as part of an international Twitter festival that trended nationally this morning.
The #IndigenousNCDs event was held in the lead up to the 27 September UN Political Declaration on Noncommunicable Diseases and followed a series of articles at Croakey, examining the declaration’s significance for for Indigenous peoples.
The Twitter discussions were moderated by Summer May Finlay and Dr Kate Armstrong, who are co-chairing a movement that seeks to promote the voices and experiences of Indigenous peoples within the global NCDs discourse – follow @IndigenousNCDs and this Twitter list.
The NCD Alliance
Indigenous Working Group of WFPHA
Emma Waimarie is a Member of the Indigenous Working Group of the World Federation of Public Health Associations
Zac Penner is a Metis medical student at the University of Manitoba. Nadine Clopton in a non-Indigenous student at Lehigh University and NGO Youth Representative for CLAN. Kaitlyn Hunsberger is a member of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in Arizona. Her Hunsberger’s statement can be found online here
Follow @zacpenner @NadineClopton
Dr Barry Lavallee
Dr Barry Lavallee is a member of the Manitoba First Nation and Metis communities and family physician specialising in Indigenous health and northern practice. His article in the #IndigenousNCDs series can be found here.
Professor Alex Brown
Professor Alex Brown is an Aboriginal medical doctor and researcher, specialising in depression and heart disease in Aboriginal men
Aboriginal Community Controlled success stories
Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council (AHMRC) is the peak representative body and voice of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in NSW
Summer May Finlay and Kate Armstrong, who is a public health physician and President of CLAN (Caring & Living As Neighbours), which provides Secretariat support to the #IndigenousNCDs movement.
Reflections and wider contributions
Funding statement: Funding for Croakey to publish a series of articles on the implications for Indigenous people of the upcoming UN Political Declaration on Noncommunicable Diseases was provided by Caring & Living as Neighbours (CLAN). The Croakey team is independently responsible for the editorial content of the series, which includes an investigative report from Marie McInerney, and is edited by Ruth Armstrong. These articles and this report on the Twitter festival will be compiled into an e-publication. Stay tuned!