We bring people together to share knowledge, create connections and generate ideas that advance the well-being of Indigenous communities.
We focus on:
Transforming health systems to create greater alignment between our work and our values.
Restoring the well-being of humanity and the environment by privileging Indigenous leadership, knowledge and practices.
Promoting canoe traditions to affirm cultural identity, community connection and our relationship with, and responsibility for, the natural environment.
Creating practical resources that are culturally grounded, contextually relevant, and advance self-determination.
Health Systems Transformation
Aligning values and services.
Transformation requires reclamation.
Creating systems for healthy lifeways is inherent to how we live as Indigenous peoples. Unfortunately, our traditional life ways have been disrupted due to colonization and deliberate colonial policies of genocide, forced assimilation and discrimination. These policies systematically dismantled traditional systems of health and healing, and replaced them with a Western model of care focused on containing and mitigating disease.
For over a decade, Red Star has partnered with Indigenous nations seeking to reclaim their health and wellness systems to address persistent health and social inequities. We believe in the resilience of our communities and our ability to heal and transform our systems to improve health.
Restoring balance for health and sustainabilty.
Red Star is on a journey of healing and transformation of our Indigenous health systems, which includes our relationship with the natural environment. We look to our customary ways as inherited from our ancestors – the values and principles that govern our personal and collective relationships – to solve contemporary challenges. Indigenous communities are among those most adversely affected by climate change, despite contributing very little to its causes. It is well documented that Indigenous stewardship of natural resource can have a positive, measurable impact on the environment.
A gathering of canoes, a gathering of conversations.
Red Star supports the revitalisation and preservation of traditional canoe practices focusing on traditional voyaging and mātangirua – sailing outrigger canoes.