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Issue #147
février 2022

COVID‐19 and Indigenous Peoples: An imperative for action

Summary: Every person on Earth has been affected in some way by the coronavirus disease (COVID‐19) pandemic. However, there is a marked inequity in the impact and threat of the disease for the 370 million Indigenous Peoples worldwide. While honouring diversity in Peoples and cultures, this editorial (written by a collaborative of Indigenous nurses from Australia, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Canada, the United States of America, and Central America) explores contemporary issues raised for Indigenous communities by this latest public health emergency. Please note, while we may describe a situation about a specific Indigenous group, readers can be assured that the issues we raise are endemic across colonized Indigenous communities globally.

Food is our Medicine

Source: Nourish: The future of food in health care

Summary: Food is Our Medicine is designed to introduce health care professionals and leaders to new and different ways of understanding the complex relationships between Indigenous foodways, reconciliation, healing and health care. This Action Learning series includes a Learning Journey online course, webinar series, and a digital resource library.

Who are the Inuit?

Source: ETFO

Focus: Elementary students

Summary: Resilient, strong and innovative are some words to describe the Inuit, but who are the Inuit? The word Inuit means “the people” in Inuktitut, the language spoken by the Inuit. For thousands of years the Inuit have survived in harsh arctic climates, relying on their relationship with the Land and their community for survival. From a modern geographic perspective, the Inuit Territory is comprised of four regions in the Arctic Circle: Nunavut (the territory), Inuvialuit (the Northern Northwest Territories and Yukon), Nunavik (Northern Quebec and Labrador), and Nunatsiavut (Northeastern Labrador). The land, water, and ice that are home to many Inuit is called, Inuit Nunangat. Today, the Inuit also live outside of this region, including urban areas such as Ottawa and Toronto. The Inuit are one people and speak one language, but with many different dialects; Inuktut (also called Inuktitut). Through a conversation with Qauyisaq “Kowesa” Etitiq, we learn about who the Inuit are, and will aim to answer commonly asked questions. We will learn about Inuit identity, where they come from, where they live, and about their distinct set of values and way of life.

Chiefs of Ontario Education Portal Resources

Summary: The Chiefs of Ontario Education Portal Resource Database contains relevant information, reports, news releases, and other resource documents pertaining to Education in First Nations communities in Ontario.

Model Schools Literacy Project: Investing in Children

The Model Schools Literacy Project is a partnership between First Nations schools and communities across Canada and the Martin Family Initiative. It focuses on improving early literacy achievement within the broader context of school improvement. The goal is for 80% of children to read and write well enough at the end of Grade 3 to support continued school success.

Indigenous Canada: On-Line Course

Source: University of Alberta

Focus: Classroom teachers and administrators

Summary: Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous Peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Topics for the 12 lessons include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions.

Traditional Animal Foods of Indigenous People of North America

Source: Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment (CINE), McGill University

Focus: Intermediate and senior students

Summary: Indigenous Peoples have an implicit understanding of food security and sustainable diets derived from place-based knowledge and livelihoods spanning thousands of years. Informed by their local knowledge and guided by conceptions of living well, Indigenous Peoples are the custodians of a large part of the world’s biodiversity and natural resources.  Recent local, national, and international efforts are bringing forward the vast knowledge of Indigenous Peoples to better document food biodiversity and its cultural and nutritional contributions to human well-being. Our intent is for this publication to recognize the contributions of Indigenous Peoples in northern North America to our global heritage of food knowledge.

This web publication has the purpose to describe and to reference the published literature on traditional animal foods known and used by Indigenous Peoples of northern North America. We present information on the locations of the cultures whose peoples have used, and often continue to use, these foods.

Indigenous values in education benefit everyone

Source: University of Victoria

Focus: Teachers and administrators

Summary: Education is key to creating social change. This research explores how education can build relationships among Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities if Indigenous values are included in schools. Knowing that many non-Indigenous teachers may need guidance and support when starting to include Indigenous values, the researchers make connections with other teaching methods being adopted in schools and show how Indigenous values can benefit everyone.

This research explores Indigenous values in education and how they can benefit all students. The authors point out that recent innovations in education are methods rooted in Indigenous communities for generations. Incorporating Indigenous values into school spaces can make education relevant to Indigenous students and give non-Indigenous students opportunities to learn about Indigenous history and culture through an Indigenous perspective.

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