Hotıì ts'eeda hosted an online sharing circle on May 20, 2020 that featured Northwest Territories (NWT) Indigenous knowledge holders views on staying healthy while undertaking safety measures in the NWT during the COVID-19 pandemic. The one-hour discussion was an interactive sharing circle from an Indigenous cultural lens. Members of the public submitted comments and questions.
The recorded sharing circle is now available as a resource to be used by organizations in NWT communities and elsewhere. Available for streaming or download, the discussion is available in video or audio (packaged for easy distribution via podcast or community radio station content) format.
The sharing circle was moderated by Dëneze Nakehk'o, a journalist, educator and facilitator. Dëneze is a member of the Lı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kųę First Nation.
Panel speakers included:
- Respected Tłı̨chǫ Elder Nora Wedzin from Behchokò;
- Lianne Mantla-Look, a Tłı̨chǫ registered nurse and patient engagement specialist. Lianne is originally from Behchokò;
- Dr. Nicole Redvers, doctor of naturopathic medicine and co-founder of the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation. Nicole is originally from the Deninu K’ue First Nation; and,
- Jennie Vandermeer, a mental health and wellness advocate originally from Délįnę.