Despite the harm that histories of colonialism, capitalism, and imperialism have caused to Indigenous people globally, and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous lives, Indigenous communities before and during the pandemic have continued to challenge systemic oppression, working in solidarity with others on issues such as land sovereignty, environmental justice and biodiversity, climate change, cultural/linguistic preservation, self-determination, and systemic discrimination.
Join the third and final panel of the Unmasking Inequalities Series. Panelists Jermani Ojeda, Victoria Qutuuq Buschman, Dovan Rai, and Andre Baharamin will explore and discuss the experiences of representatives of Indigenous communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to addressing the history of the specific vulnerabilities of Indigenous peoples to public health crises and disease, including the impact of governmental policies, this panel will engage panelists in dialogue as to why Indigenous organizing and action must be included in the discussion of global health and equity. In tracing how struggles central to Indigenous activism are connected to global health issues, we’ll highlight the importance of Indigenous knowledge to COVID-19 research and response, and what roles we all can play in organizing for a more equitable world to come.
Jermani Ojeda is a Quechua indigenous scholar and a 2018 Fulbright FLTA from Peru. Victoria Qutuuq Buschman is an Iñupiaq (Inuit) wildlife and conservationist biologist and a 2018 Fulbright U.S. Student to Iceland. Dovan Rai is a research fellow at the Global Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies and a 2008 Fulbright Science & Technology Fellow from Nepal. Andre Baharamin is a freelance journalist, anthropologist, and book author who is a clan leader within the Watunappo tribe.