Hotıì ts’eeda has taken a partnership approach to the Information Is Medicine series, working closely with Indigenous cultural knowledge holders and the GNWT to translate COVID-19 information and public health recommendations into concepts and language that is meaningful and accessible to the Indigenous people and communities of the NWT. Hotii ts’eeda has developed culturally safe resource materials that present federal and territorial government advice on pandemic safety measures through a cultural lens and bring Indigenous knowledge and experience into the conversation. Providing platforms for Indigenous knowledge holders to share their perspectives and experience related to the COVID-19 pandemic can go a long way to addressing the questions and concerns of Indigenous residents in culturally relevant and safe ways.
Working with Dehcho Dene artist Melaw Nakehk’o, a poster series was developed and shared with NWT residents (in all NWT languages) using culturally-relevant and photos illustrations that convey the importance of social distancing and safe on-the-land practices, as well as caring for each other, in all languages of the NWT. Several of these infographics were mailed directly to NWT communities, for posting at local stores and offices, in all official languages of the NWT. This campaign was done in partnership with FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth), and in collaboration with the Government of the Northwest Territories, Department of Health and Social Services (GNWT-HSS). A COVID-19 Basics poster was also developed using photos of Indigenous peoples taken by local Yellowknife photographer Pat Kane, underscoring safety measures.
High resolution PDFs of the posters in all NWT official languages are available here:
- Posters - Our Home is Our Camp
- Posters - Safe on the Land
- Posters - Information is Medicine
- Posters - COVID-19 Basics
Information about Hotıì ts’eeda's COVID-19 online sharing circles is available here.