Indigenous people likely affected by COVID-19 at disproportionate rate in Thunder Bay, but no clear data – CBC

May 17, 2021

It’s not enough to know that Indigenous people were disproportionately affected, action is required: ONWA

There may not be publicly available data on the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Indigenous population in Thunder Bay, Ont., but a “high-level analysis,” suggests that is the case, said Cora McGuire-Cyrette.

“The data tells you that Indigenous people have 10 years less life expectancy already, never mind adding a pandemic on top of it,” said the executive director for the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA).

“We all knew that, like any crisis, Indigenous people are going to be over-represented in it due to historical issues, due to poverty, due to colonization.”

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