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Indigenous Women, Health, and Healthcare 

Indigenous Women, Health, and Healthcare
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Indigenous Women, Health, and Healthcare
Author(s):

Charlotte Loppie

, and Alexandra Kent

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190851361.003.0002
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date: 28 May 2020

For Indigenous women, gender intersects with cultural and racialized identities to create complex inequities in health and healthcare. The experience of Indigenous women within the Canadian healthcare context is explored using the Xpey’ Relational Environments Framework. Relational environments that shape Indigenous women’s wellness encompass human and non-human interactions, healthcare and community settings, and sociocultural contexts. By framing determinants of Indigenous women’s health in this way, the chapter demonstrates the layered complexity of risk as well as opportunities for healing. Indigenous women over the lifespan are shown to have a disproportionate burden of illnesses and comorbidities that are situated within the foundations of colonialism, racism, violence, and a range of socioeconomic inequities. Sources of strength and resilience that nurture the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness of Indigenous women are highlighted.

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