Why were Indigenous peoples included as a priority group for COVID-19 immunization?

Question: 

Why were Indigenous peoples included as a priority group for COVID-19 immunization?

Answer: 
Indigenous peoples are included as a priority group for COVID-19 immunization because colonialism and systemic racism still have significant negative impacts on the health of Indigenous peoples around the world. Health Canada states: “it is important to recognize that some First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples live in communities that are disproportionately impacted by infectious diseases. Reduced access to stable housing, income, clean water and/or health and social services place many Indigenous peoples at higher risk of COVID-19”. 
 
Here in B.C., the First Nations Health Authority stated that “Reduced access to stable housing, income, clean water and health and social services place some Indigenous peoples at higher risk of COVID-19. The vaccine is one way that Indigenous people can protect themselves from this virus. The FNHA’s Medical Officers strongly recommend that Indigenous people opt to get the vaccine when they are offered one.”
 
Date last updated: 
Wednesday, Mar 24, 2021
Date last reviewed: 
Wednesday, Mar 24, 2021