Led by Indigenous peoples, the summit brought together community elders, primary health care providers, academic and community-based health researchers, health policy makers and others to explore the concept of KT and address the following objectives:

  • 1. Provide Indigenous peoples from across Canada and invited guests from the United States, New Zealand and Peru with the opportunity to define the concept of KT in their own terms and contexts.
  • 2. Provide Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in leadership and research roles with an opportunity to discuss the theory, politics and practice of KT.
  • 3. Discuss practical tools required to engage in KT activities at the community, regional and national levels.
  • 4. Link the concept of Indigenous knowledge translation to discussions of literacy, culture and health.

Over the course of the four busy days, a set of critical, insightful questions emerged through plenary panel discussions, research project presentations, story telling, music, meals and personal reflections.

In keeping with the stated objectives of the summit, the discussions centered around definitions of KT; desired outcomes of KT activities for Indigenous communities; best practice examples of KT by/for/with Indigenous communities; partnerships and processes for KT; and future directions for knowledge translation.