COVID-19 Daily News Digest – October 14, 2020
Cultural webinar series launched to uplift during pandemic
To help foster Indigenous well-being, HPOKA and the UH Office of the President unveiled a cultural webinar series showcasing music, dance and storytelling. He Ukana Aloha Kā Kīlauea is a free bi-monthly, yearlong series hosted by sources from across UH’s 10 campuses. Hawaiʻi Community College will be featured on the series on October 14 and 28. Hawaiʻi CC Professor Taupōuri Tangarō will lead a presentation on hula noho (hula danced in a seated or kneeling position). Tangarō, a HPOKA committee member, first proposed the idea of a storytelling series to the work committee as a form of nourishment to the Native Hawaiian community during this challenging time ushered in by the pandemic.
Understanding the “reasons behind the reasons” for COVID-19’s impact on Indigenous communities
“A public health perspective says that a person’s health is influenced not by whether or not they have access to health care alone, but also [by asking], ‘Where do they live? Who [do] they live with? What is the environment that they are living in [and] what are the resources that they have access to or they don’t have access to?’” Hackett said.
When the heart says NO: Nineteen counsellors on the way
NIC’s goal is to end up with 19 healthy counsellors. To achieve that, all students have to be clean and sober for a year before classes start. They also work on themselves in class throughout the six semesters. Now you’re talking.
For instance, every morning students have a check in, where they share things with the whole class or in small groups. Some people are shy at the start and will only talk about minor things, like seeing something funny while walking to the store, but they won’t talk about how it affected them or how they felt.
Lessons learned from COVID-19 outbreak in remote Sask. First Nation
Local leaders and health officials in Saskatchewan are relying on what they learned from a COVID-19 outbreak in First Nations communities to plan for potential outbreaks in other remote areas.
Northern Manitoba chief says people aren’t respecting travel restrictions
Misipawistik Cree Nation Chief Heidi Cook said a community check stop this weekend found 1,773 vehicles passing through her community — and only 629 were considered essential.
“There’s isn’t a lot of awareness. There isn’t even the road sign that there was in the spring telling people that there [are] travel restrictions. So there’s a lot of non-essential travel going both ways,” she said in a phone interview.
Kinew calls on province to release COVID-19 income, race stats
“One of the things we’ve learned is that COVID spreads in a vacuum of information,” Kinew said on Tuesday. “On the flip side, the more information we have, the better it seems to be in terms of motivating people to respect public health professionals.”
“In terms of race-related data, we’ve seen some examples of what to do with the way the indigenous numbers are being handled with the COVID-19 First Nations Task Force being responsible for that. We’ve also seen an example of what not to do.”