Towards Culturally Safe and Equitable Sexual, Reproductive Health and Justice for Indigenous cis and trans Women and 2SLGBTQ+ peoples in the context of COVID-19: Amplifying the Voices of gender diverse Indigenous women
Equitable access to culturally safe sexual health, reproductive care and justice for Indigenous women, girls and 2S/LGBTQ+ peoples is an issue of concern across Canada. COVID‑19 measures and context has amplified existing inequities and barriers to care that already existed for many Indigenous peoples, particularly marginalized groups. This study aims to examine the impact that COVID‑19 on shaping access and utilization of sexual and reproductive care and amplify Indigenous voices using community-based participatory and Indigenous grounded research methods. Data will be drawn from 2 established prospective cohort studies to examine the impact of COVID‑19 on Indigenous peoples in Metro Vancouver with analysis guided by expert groups of Indigenous elders and community members. Arts-based and Indigenous methodologies will be used to gather Indigenous community voices and create recommendations for enhancing equitable and culturally-safe access to sexual, reproductive care and justice in the ongoing context of COVID-19.