Indigenous Peoples Confronting the Pandemic: Nīsōhkamātowin wāhiyaw itōhtēmakan

Published: May 25, 2020News

by AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde

When they heard the first reports of the coronavirus outbreak, leaders in the Pasqua First Nation in western Canada became worried about what would happen if the disease spread to their community. In early January they began to prepare for the worst. Pasqua Chief Todd Peigan recently told me how, thanks to these early preparations, his First Nation was able to set up its own emergency distribution system that now delivers food baskets to Elders and others so that they can stay safely at home.

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