This book investigates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and well-being of Indigenous Peoples and assesses the policy responses taken by governments and Indigenous communities across the world.

Bringing together innovative research and policy insights from a range of disciplines, this book investigates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and well-being of Indigenous Peoples across the world, with coverage of North America, Central America, Africa, and Oceania. Further, it explores the actions taken by governments and Indigenous communities in addressing the challenges posed by this public health crisis. The book emphasises the social determinants of health and well-being, reflecting on issues such as self-governance, human rights law, housing, socioeconomic conditions, access to health care, culture, environmental deprivation, and resource extraction. Chapters also highlight the resilience and agency of Indigenous Peoples in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the legacy of colonialism, patterns of systemic discrimination, and social exclusion.

Providing concrete pathways for improving the conditions of Indigenous Peoples in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, this book is essential reading for researchers across indigenous studies, public health, and social policy.

chapter |9 pages


ByFatih Sekercioglu, Nicholas D. Spence

chapter 1|16 pages

COVID-19 and Indigenous Peoples' right to health

ByAgnieszka Szpak

chapter 2|18 pages

Pandemic precedent

Indigenous demise in the wake of Columbus 1
ByW. George Lovell

chapter 3|37 pages

COVID-19 among Indigenous populations in Mexico and the response of the health system

BySergio Meneses-Navarro, Graciela Freyermuth-Enciso, Blanca Pelcastre-Villafuerte, Liliana Gómez-Flores-Ramos

chapter 5|16 pages

Pandemic policy, First Nations, and the power of self-determination

ByThalia Anthony, Lydia McGrady

chapter 6|20 pages

Indigenous health systems and the management of infectious diseases

A study of the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic among the Igbo of southeast Nigeria
BySamuel O. Okafor, Obidebube Emerem Jennifer, Uchenna Bartholomew Nwokoma, Ngozi U. Chuke, Sebastian O. Onah

chapter 7|21 pages

The coronavirus pandemic in Ìbàdàn, Nigeria

Existentialities, state responses, and outcomes
ByỌláyínká Àkànle, Demilade Kayode, EwaJesu Opeyemi Okewumi, Irenitemi Abolade, Olayinka Ola-Lawson

chapter 8|44 pages

Clearing the fog for informed policy decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada

ByNicholas D. Spence, Vivian Chau, Maryam S. Farvid, Jerry P. White, (James) Paranthaman Rasalingam, Lawrence C. Loh

chapter 9|20 pages

Clinical, social and environmental risk factors

Their role in the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 in Indigenous populations
ByÉlyse Caron-Beaudoin, Ghazal Fazli

chapter 10|24 pages

Threats, challenges, and adaptation

The experience of the subarctic Cree Peoples of western James Bay, Canada, during the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic
ByRobert J. Moriarity, Meaghan J. Wilton, Aleksandra M. Zuk, Leonard J. S. Tsuji, Greg Sutherland, Nicholas D. Spence, Andrew Solomon, Xiyao (Miranda) Shou, Atanu Sarkar, Gabby Resch, Jason Nolan, Ali Mazalek, Jim D. Karagatzides, David S. Di, Nadia A. Charania, Heidi Y. W. Chan, Christian Boisvert-Huneault, Eric N. Liberda

chapter 11|16 pages

Pandemic pipelines

How essential service declarations enabled extractive infrastructure development under the cover of COVID-19
ByTyler McCreary, Shauna Wouters