Hotıì ts’eeda has developed culturally safe resource materials that present federal and territorial government advice on pandemic safety measures through a cultural lens. The information campaign called Our Home is Our Camp is in partnership with FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth), and in coordination with the Government of the Northwest Territories, Department of Health and Social Services (GNWT-HSS).
Information is available to Northwest Territories (NWT) residents through images about the importance of social distancing in a culturally safe context. Indigenous cultures in the North emphasize community cooperation, visiting, and sharing. During a pandemic, Indigenous cultural practices of togetherness are challenged by the need for social distancing - staying physically separated from as many people as possible in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The two organizations have expanded their campaign by releasing a new poster that provides reminders about how to be safe on the land, once again, in a clear Northern cultural context.
Further posters have been designed to provide contextual information to health service providers about the history of sickness in the territory. All posters were designed by Dene artist Melaw Nakehk’o of Yellowknife on the advice of Indigenous cultural advisors, and Hotıì ts'eeda and FOXY staff.
Finally, a COVID-19 Basics poster was developed using photos of Indigenous peoples taken by local Yellowknife photographer Pat Kane. They underscore safety measures and outline main points everyone needs to be aware of set out by the GNWT-HSS. Several of these posters were mailed directly to NWT communities, for posting at local stores and offices, in languages spoken in particular regions.
All of the above resources are available in all NWT languages. Please use and share these resources as online or printed materials within your organizations and communities.