The Toolkit is a synthesis of knowledge on the contribution of Indigenous Elders to the wellness of individuals and their communities.

The project was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Réseau de recherche et de connaissances relatives aux peuples autochtones (Réseau Dialog).

It was approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, and the Research Center on Aging of the CIUSSS de l'Estrie- CHUS.

It highlights the contributions of Indigenous elders to the wellness of their communities and peers, and aims to mobilise this knowledge.

What's inside

The toolkit first presents the main contributions of Elders and the cultural, social and economic benefits derived from these contributions.

It then lists the various community actions in which Elders participate around the world, with citations from international scientific writings and gray literature. 

The toolkit then concludes with recommendations for policymakers for the development and provision of services.


Chantal Viscogliosi, Hugo Asselin, Suzy Basile, Yves Couturier, Marie-Josée Drolet, Dominique Gagnon, Jill Torrie, Kimberly Borwick, Natasa Obradovic, Diana Zhou and Mélanie Levasseur


Nancy G.L. McHugh, Edith Picard-Marcoux and Maude Ostiguy-Lauzon Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission; Marc-André Fortin, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Université de Sherbrooke; Patrick Fougeyrollas, Réseau international sur le processus de production du handicap (RIPPH); Francis Lacasse, CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS; Lara Maillet, Institut de santé de première ligne, CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS; Laurent Marcoux, Canadian Medical Association (CMA); Josée Roy and Maryse Bisson, Coalition pour le maintien dans la communauté (ComaCo); Fimba Tankoano, Fédération des centres d’action bénévoles du Québec (FCABQ); Sharon Tardif, North Shore CIUSSS; André Tourigny and Mireille Fortier, Institut sur le vieillissement et la participation sociale des aînés (IVPSA); Band Councils, Health Centers and Elders' Committees of First Nations Partners; Indigenous Friendship Centres: Sept-Îles, Val d'Or; Carole Lévesque, Aboriginal Peoples Research and Knowledge Network Dialog; Nicole Ritzer, Cree Board Of Health And Social Services Of James Bay.

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Learn about the findings, or download the Toolkit.