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Indigenous Peoples ravaged by the coronavirus
Affected at over twice the rate of the general Canadian population.
"As a result of historical Colonial practices, Indigenous People have suffered significant human rights abuses and continue to suffer racism in the health system." stated Dr. Okunola, MD. The captivating 50 minute interview discusses the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Indigenous People of Canada with Dr. Evan Adams, MD.
As a member of the Tla'amin (Sliammon) First Nation, Dr. Adams is the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Indigenous Services Canada and was the first appointed Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) in British Columbia Canada, and is held in high regard.
"The pandemic was absolutely frightening for all of us. Particularly for our many small communities."
Unsurprisingly, there are other risk factors involved in the high figures. Indigenous Peoples have an elevated risk compared to the average Canadian, due to poverty, disenfranchisement and abuse from colonial practices resulting in the poorest health of any ethnic group in the country.
Dr. Evan Adams, MD, said, "Our people did really well at the beginning, because we were so remote and in part, because we protected our borders and communities from importation. We literally set up roadblocks and asked peoples' business going in and out of our tiny communities. But eventually our infection rate, mortality rate and our complication rate were worse than other Canadians. About two and a half times worse."
Interestingly, in the new podcast 'Covid-19 The Answers (https://youtu.be/
Episode 6 of COVID-19 The Answers - "The Effects of COVID-19 & the COVID Vaccination of the Indigenous People of Canada" is now available on YouTube or Podcast.