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Issue #135
février 2021

Perceptions of safety among Indigenous people during the COVID- 19 pandemic

Source: StatCan – COVID19: Data to Insights for a Better Canada

Summary: The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting social disruption have left many to struggle with feelings of uncertainty, stress, and fear. A sense of personal safety, whether in the home or in public, is an important aspect of this uncertainty. A perceived lack of safety can have a significant adverse effect on individuals and communities (Perreault 2017), particularly among more vulnerable populations.

Recent studies based on crowdsourced data have highlighted some of the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic among Indigenous participants, including greater mental health and economic impacts compared to non-Indigenous participants (Arriagada et al. 2020a, 2020b). Building on these findings, this article focuses on the perceptions of safety, both at home and in public, among Indigenous people.

Les perceptions des Autochtones à l’égard de la sécurité pendant la pandémie de la COVID-19

Source: StatCan et la COVID-19:Des données aux connaissances, pour bâtir un Canada meilleur

Résumé: En raison de la pandémie de COVID-19 et des perturbations sociales qui en découlent, de nombreuses personnes éprouvent des sentiments d’incertitude, de stress et de peur. Le sentiment de sécurité personnelle, que ce soit à la maison ou dans les espaces publics, constitue un aspect important de cette incertitude. Un manque de sécurité perçu peut avoir un effet négatif important sur les personnes et les collectivités (Perreault, 2017), en particulier parmi les populations les plus vulnérables.

Des études récentes fondées sur des données obtenues par approche participative ont mis en évidence certains des impacts négatifs de la pandémie de COVID-19 chez les participants autochtones, notamment des impacts plus grands sur la santé mentale et des répercussions économiques plus importantes par rapport aux participants non autochtones (Arriagada et coll., 2020a, 2020b). S’appuyant sur ces résultats, le présent article porte sur les perceptions à l’égard de la sécurité, tant à la maison qu’en public, chez les Autochtones.

First Nations Athletes, in History and in the Media: Tom Longboat and Steve Collins

Source: Historica Canada Education Portal

Focus: Grades 7/8

Summary: This lesson plan is based on viewing the Footprint videos for Tom Longboat and Steve Collins. Collins and Longboat are just two of the many Aboriginal athletes — others include Adam Rita, Ted Nolan, Owen Nolan, Bryan Trottier, George Armstrong, Waneek Horn Miller, Alwyn Morris, and Darren Zack — who have achieved major success in the international sporting world, despite the significant obstacles they had to overcome.

First Nations Traditional Plants and Uses

Source: Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation, Alberta Teachers’ Association

Focus:  Senior students

Summary: Many Indigenous Peoples share a holistic world view that has humans living in a universe made by the Creator and needing to live in harmony with nature, one another and with oneself. This world view has an interconnectedness and interrelatedness to all aspects of living on this earth. Each Indigenous culture expresses this world view in a different way and with different practices, stories and cultural items. First Nations ceremonies and cultural practices including powwows, sweat lodges, smudging, singing and dancing are expressions of spirituality within this holistic, balanced and harmonious world view.

Plantes Traditionelles des Première Nations et leurs usages

Source: Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation  Alberta Teachers’ Association

À l’intention des étudiants au secondaire

Résumé : De nombreux peuples autochtones partagent une vision du monde holistique selon laquelle les humains sont dans un univers créé par le Créateur où il est nécessaire de vivre en harmonie avec la nature, avec les autres et avec soi-même. Cette vision du monde tient compte de l’interrelation et de l’interdépendance de tous les aspects de la vie sur cette terre. Chaque culture autochtone exprime sa vision du monde d’une manière différente, avec ses propres pratiques, histoires et objets culturels. Les cérémonies et les pratiques culturelles des Premières Nations, notamment les pow-wow, les sueries, les cérémonies de purification, les chants et les danses sont l’expression de la spiritualité au sein de cette vision du monde holistique, équilibrée et harmonieuse.

In.Business: A National Mentorship Program for Indigenous Youth

Source: Indspire Researcher: Dr. Carrie Bourassa

Focus: Senior students and teachers

Summary: The In.Business program was created by the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies at Cape Breton University. This program encourages Indigenous high school students to pursue careers in business, an area typically underrepresented by Indigenous peoples. It aims to increase the number of Indigenous youth studying business at the post-secondary level, provides mentorship experiences with Indigenous business professionals, and increases confidence and independence to better prepare youth for being successful after high school graduation. Furthermore, the program allows youth to explore Indigenous business pathways and practices, and supports them in exploring Indigenous business, culture, and community simultaneously. … Issues covered include possible long-term impacts and next steps to ensure further success for this program for Canada’s Indigenous youth.

Language, Culture, and Early Childhood: Indigenous Children’s Rights in a Time of Transformation

Source: Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights. Vol 3 No 1 (2016): Indigenous Children’s Rights

Margo Greenwood, Carleton University

Summary: Article 30 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) sets out the rights of Indigenous and minority children to learn about and practice their own culture, religion, and language in countries where these practices are not shared by the majority of the population. The provisions of Article 30 are particularly relevant in nations such as Canada that are built upon a history of colonization, where for generations Indigenous children have been dispossessed of their cultures, languages, territories, family and community ties—all of the foundational elements of healthy and whole Indigenous identities. The colonization of the life-worlds of Indigenous children represents, in short, a primary mechanism through which nations have attempted to eliminate and assimilate the Indigenous populations within their borders, with devastating multi-generational consequences for surviving Indigenous peoples.

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