COVID-19 Daily News Digest – November 10, 2020
Indigenous land-based program highlighted by UNICEF Canada
“I was really honoured and excited and happy to highlight the work that was done but also the teams I worked with — I tried to make sure I got them in the filming I was doing as well,” Hamlin says. “I wanted to do the core questions they were asking about what we were doing [and] I wanted to be on the land when I was answering those so I could just work that out together.”
“We are looking to do more things after school as well,” Hamlin says. “We have some social media projects that we’re doing after school — we’re going to be doing some ribbon skirt and ribbon shirt making, we’re going to do some quill earrings.”
War museum’s portrait of Cree Second World War veteran ‘a true act of reconciliation’
“Under normal circumstances, I only work from my own photographs and my own face-to-face interviews,” she said. “I allow my subjects to interview me and scrutinize my work. Usually, it’s a collaborative narrative, too, not only to do a portrait of them, but to do a portrait of their history, their narrative. I try to be an archivist as much as a painter.”
But COVID made a meeting too risky. Instead, Cayer found an Indigenous videographer, Shelley Mike, who had videotaped and photographed Favel as part of her own work documenting veterans’ stories. Mike let Goble use her images for the painting.
Stats Can police report says domestic disturbance, wellness checks up during early pandemic months
“Most notably, police services that were able to report data on calls for service responded to more calls related to general wellbeing (welfare) checks (+12%), domestic disturbances (+12%) and mental health-related such as a person in an emotional crisis (+11%),” said the report.
“Of the three police services that were able to provide data on calls to check on the welfare of a child separately from calls for domestic disturbances, all three reported increases in this type of call (+19%, overall). Calls to police classified as domestic disturbances or domestic disputes can involve anything from a verbal quarrel to reports of violence at a residence.”
Hydro One stands with Indigenous customers and communities by extending partnership with GlobalMedic
Hydro One announced it is extending its partnership with GlobalMedic, a registered Canadian charity specializing in disaster relief and aid, to provide an additional 3,500 kits of food and safety supplies to First Nations communities. Since the partnership’s launch, GlobalMedic and Hydro One have provided 10,000 critical aid kits to Indigenous communities across the province, with the additional kits scheduled for delivery. The partnership is part of Hydro One’s community investment program, Building Safe Communities.
Two COVID-19 cases at Keewaywin First Nation
Dr. John Guilfoyle, public health physician with the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority, says both cases are connected to travel outside the area.
Dr. Guilfoyle said the two individuals are part of a “family grouping,” and are doing well.
Contact tracing is underway to determine if there are any other related cases.
COVID-19 Update: 727 new cases reported Sunday, six deaths | Blood Reserve closes schools for the week
- Alberta reported 727 new cases and six deaths on Sunday.
- The Blood Reserve has closed all its schools for the coming week due to a rising number of COVID-19 cases in the community.
- Siksika Nation is taking measures to stop an outbreak on the reserve. Active cases are now up to 43.
“I’ve keenly watched the rise of outstanding Indigenous business leaders and their activities get greater recognition”
NAIDOC week is normally marked in the second week of July but due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year was shifted to 8-15 November. NAIDOC week provides a high level of visibility for many Australians to engage with Indigenous Australians. In this unusual year it opens up the possibility to engage virtually with many activities being held online, the potential to go beyond our own cities and towns has opened up online.