The Future of Indigenous Health in the Time of COVID

Webinar Video

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many groups of people including the Indigenous community over the last few months. Join us for a discussion on the impact of the pandemic on Indigenous populations, how health systems are responding, and learn what actions have been effective–or fruitless–in the provincial and local responses across the country.

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Our speakers, Dr. Evan Adams and Dr. Lisa Richardson, will also touch upon the historical and present-day impacts of colonial experiences on Indigenous populations and provide practical tools for providing care or support to Indigenous populations.

Look forward to discussions on:

  • Current issues and impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous populations, and what responses have been helpful;
  • Understanding current public and population health management, policies, and challenges;
  • Application of culturally safe practices in care settings and the building of trust amongst stakeholders;
  • The need for culturally-safe guidance–e.g. expanding testing, community outreach, data gathering and governance, and public health enforcement–in the context of COVID-19.


Evan Adams MD MPH
Tla’amin First Nation
Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Public Health
Director General’s Office of Population and Public Health
First Nation and Inuit Health Branch
Indigenous Services Canada/Government of Canada

Lisa Richardson MD FRCPC
Vice-Chair, Culture & Inclusion
Curricular Co-Lead in Indigenous Health Education
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto


Anna Banerji O.Ont. MD MPH FRCPC DTM&H
Faculty Lead, Indigenous and Refugee Health
Post MD Education, Faculty of Medicine
Associate Professor
Pediatrics and Dalla Lana School of Public Health
University of Toronto

Michele-Elise Burnett
President, Kakekalanicks
Associate Director, Landscape of Nations 360° Indigenous Education Platform
Artistic Director, Celebration of Nations Gathering & Strawberry Moon Festival
Director, Moccasin Talks Speaker Series


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