Dates and Times: The series will run over four Wednesdays in January (13th, 20th, 27th) and February 3, 2021 from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM PST.
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Virtual Series on First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and COVID-19
The National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH) is pleased to present a four-part virtual series that will look at the experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and communities with COVID-19.
Themes to be explored include: Indigenous governance and self-determination in planning and responding to COVID-19; socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 on the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; data collection on COVID-19 cases in First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations and communities; and innovative public health messaging on COVID-19 and Indigenous Peoples.
The series will run over four Wednesdays in January (13, 20, 27) and February 3, 2021 from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM PST.
Virtual Session 1 – January 13, 2021
This session, Indigenous governance and self-determination in planning and responding to COVID-19, brings together expert speakers working in a diversity of public health fields across Canada, including:
- Danièle Behn-Smith, Deputy Provincial Health Office, British Columbia
- Natan Obed, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
- Minnie Grey, Inuit Circumpolar Council of Canada
- Tanya Davoren, Métis Nation British Columbia
- Shannon McDonald, First Nations Health Authority
- Marion Crowe, First Nations Health Managers Association
This panel will explore the role of Indigenous governance and self-determination in community responses to COVID-19, public health measures, and pandemic planning. Within this context, the speakers will discuss the challenges and opportunities for meeting First Nations, Inuit and Métis community program and service needs and how these have been addressed during this public health emergency.
Virtual Session 2 – January 20, 2021
This session, Socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 on the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, brings together expert speakers working in a diversity of public health fields across Canada, including:
- Dr. Chris Mushquash, Lakehead University
- Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer
- Nadia Noor, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
- Neil Belanger, British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society
- Dr. Myrle Ballard, University of Manitoba
The presentations will highlight the breadth of impacts that the pandemic has had on the lives of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. For example, they will highlight how First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples’ experiences with health inequities, mental health, physical safety and mobility have been exacerbated through the pandemic. Panelists will also offer up ideas for community-led solutions and strengths exercised by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and communities throughout COVID-19, as well as policies and services to enhance their health and well-being.
Virtual Session 3 – January 27, 2021
This session, Data collection on COVID-19 cases in First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations and communities, brings together expert speakers who work in data collection, ethics and sovereignty, including:
- Jonathan Dewar & Maria Santos, First Nations Information Governance Centre
- Dr. Janet Smylie, Well Living House
- Courtney Skye, Yellowhead Institute
- Robyn Rowe, Laurentian University
- Pamela Wolfe-Roberge, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch
The panel presentations will look at how data collection for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples and communities has been done over the course of the pandemic. Speakers will highlight the challenges related to ethics, tracking, reporting and understanding of data. The panelists will also discuss what lessons we can take in public health emergencies going forward.
Virtual Session 4 – February 3, 2021
This session, Innovative public health messaging on COVID-19 and Indigenous Peoples, brings together expert speakers who work in regional and national Indigenous organizations across Canada, including:
- Regional Chief Marlene Poitras and Regional Chief Kevin Hart, Assembly of First Nations
- Patricia D’Souza, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
- Tanya Davoren, Métis National Council
- Jocelyn Formsma, National Association of Friendship Centres
- Hagar Idlout-Sudlovenick, Qikiqtani Inuit Association
These presentations will focus on the innovative development of community and distinctions-based public health messaging on COVID-19. Regional and national organizations took immediate and on-going actions to develop and share credible public health information on the pandemic. They did this through the development of fact sheets, infographics and videos. The panelists will speak to these knowledge sharing formats and the lessons they have learned along the way for demystifying information and reducing stigma around COVID-19.