Dada Nentsen Gha Yatastɨg: Highlighting Tŝilhqot’in Responses to COVID-19
Precisely one year after the BC government declared a State of Emergency in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Tŝilhqot’in National Government has launched a report entitled “Dada NentsenGha Yatastɨg: Tŝilhqot’in in the Time of COVID”. Translated to English, the title means “I am going to tell you about a very bad disease.” The report documents how, through the first wave of the pandemic, the Tŝilhqot’in Nation led a coordinated and largely successful pandemic response through the exercise of its laws and jurisdiction. Despite exercising this jurisdiction, however, the Nation faced numerous systemic and institutional constraints when working with government through the pandemic response. This webinar, presented by the researchers who authored the report, will provide insight into Tŝilhqot’in experiences with COVID-19 and discuss some of its recommendations for the Nation moving forward. Panelists will also discuss the unique experiences, lessons learned and research that supports the 40 calls-to-action contained within the report.
This webinar will be moderated by Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond and will include an introduction by Tŝilhqot’in Chief Joe Alphonse. This is a partnership event with Indigenous Research Support Initiative.