In 2003, under the leadership of Dr. Nancy Gibson and her team at the Edmonton ACADRE Centre the inaugural issue of Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health was published. It was a bold step in academic publishing, inviting community people to be a part of the peer review process and focussing on community-based, collaborative, participatory research with Aboriginal people and communities.
In 2006 Native Counselling Services of Alberta (NCSA) took over the publication of the Journal. Working with organizations like the Cooperative Research Center for Aboriginal Health in Australia, Papa Ola Lokahi in Hawaii and Te Rau Matatini in New Zealand, NCSA was one of the first Aboriginal community organizations to publish a peer-reviewed, academic journal that focused on creating accessible, evidence-based articles. Our goal has always been to make good Aboriginal health research available to service providers, researchers and policy makers.
I am writing today to advise that Volume 11, N3 was the final publication of the Pimatisiwin journal. It has been an honour to be the managing and general editor for 8 years and producing the journal has been a highlight of my professional career. NCSA has decided to discontinue the publication (which has been almost wholly funded by NCSA) and focus on other publishing opportunities.
General and Managing Editor