Kana Wain Dida

Looking After Each Other


COVID-19, Indigenous Communities, Health Sovereignty and Working Together for Change

Join Kitatipithitamak Mithwayawin and University College of the North for a virtual international gathering, as we connect and share stories and experiences of Indigenous health sovereignty and resilience during the pandemic from around the world.

Over three days we will learn, share, and collaboratively present new ideas for moving forward. This gathering will be a celebration of our successes, as we bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members, healthcare workers, academics, students and youth from all over the world.

We hope you will join us.

Keynote Speakers

Important Dates

Conference Date: May 20th-22nd

Deadline for Proposals: April 6th

Notification of Acceptance: Rolling Basis


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Dr. Jennifer Denetdale

Indigenous Gender Politics of Care in the Time of Covid

Dr. Rawiri Taonui

Maori Experiences: Pandemics Present, Past and Future

Senator Mary Jane McCallum

Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Through a First Nations Lens: Why Western Science is Not Enough 

Gathering Themes

  • Advocacy
  • Celebration
  • Ceremony and Wellbeing
  • Colonialism & Health
  • Data sovereignty
  • Diversity
  • Grieving
  • Health Sovereignty
  • Learning, Sharing & Mobilization
  • Networking and Alliances
  • Pandemics and Living History
  • Relationship Building
  • Resistance
  • Strength & Resilience
  • Youth and COVID-19

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Note * If you are in need of financial assistance, please reach out to us by email to arrange financial accommodations