Indigenous knowledge should inform COVID-19 recovery strategy, say Yukoners in top science journal
“This is a big breakthrough, I would say, for the two world views and two knowledge systems to begin to acknowledge each other,” said Joe Copper Jack, a Ta’an Kwach’an Council elder and lead author on the letter.
The letter addresses the widely-recognized “One Health” approach in recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, which links human health with the health of animals and the environment.
But, the authors write, scientists and policy-makers often overlook the fact that Indigenous people have had this interconnected approach for thousands of years.
‘All hands on deck’ after 19 people contract COVID-19 on Little Grand Rapids First Nation: grand chief
Several people tested positive for the illness caused by the novel coronavirus after attending events at the local recreation centre between Sept. 24 and 27, the province said in a news release earlier Sunday.
In the past 24 hours, cases have jumped up considerably in the remote First Nation community, said Arlen Dumas, Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. And with testing and contact tracing underway, Dumas said he expects to see more cases in the community, where living spaces can be cramped.
‘I don’t want to go through this ever in my life again,’ LTC resident tells inquiry
“We are isolated, alone, without family or friends to visit with us,” he said. “I don’t want to go through this ever in my life again. And I pray and hope that, by gosh, if there is another wave, let’s deal with it adequately, appropriately, efficiently, and directly.”