COVID-19 Resources for the NWT

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Hotıì ts’eeda has taken the initiative to develop COVID-19 resource materials that present federal and territorial government advice on pandemic safety measures through an Indigenous lens and with cultural safety in mind.

Some were developed in partnership with FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth) and in collaboration with the Government of the Northwest Territories. All are available for download on this site.

Please feel free to post and distribute these in communities and through your networks.​

Sharing Circles: In Conversation About Covid-19

Indigenous knowledge holders on staying healthy during COVID-19

Hotıì ts'eeda hosted a live, online sharing circle with Indigenous knowledge holders about COVID-19 on its Facebook page on May 20, 2020. Hotıì ts'eeda is offering the recorded audio and video versions of this panel (available below) for download or streaming (open access).

The sharing circle featured NWT Indigenous knowledge holders who spoke about staying healthy while undertaking safety measures in the NWT during the COVID-19 pandemic from an Indigenous cultural perspective. The one-hour panel was an interactive discussion that included comments and questions from residents of the NWT.​

Hotıì ts'eeda Sharing Circle: Indigenous knowledge holders on staying healthy during COVID-19

Panel speakers:

  • 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; 
  • Jennie Vandermeer, a mental health and wellness advocate originally from Délįnę; and,
  • Moderator Dëneze Nakehk'o, a journalist, educator, facilitator and member of the Lı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kųę First Nation.​

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Hotıì ts’eeda Online Sharing Circle March 13

Talking about COVID-19 Vaccine questions and concerns (March 2021)

In May 2021, Hotıì ts'eeda partnered with CKLB Radio (101.9 FM) and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) to deliver a live online sharing circle about the COVID-19 vaccine. The event will bring together Indigenous knowledge holders and leading government medical experts to address questions and concerns from residents about the COVID-19 Moderna Vaccine being offered in the Northwest Territories (NWT). The sharing circle was broadcast simultaneously on CKLB radio and Facebook.

The sharing circle was moderated by Dëneze Nakehk'o, a journalist, educator and facilitator. Dëneze is a member of the Lı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kųę First Nation.


  • Rosa Mantla, Tłı̨chǫ Elder and Teacher
  • Cara Manual, Community Wellness Coordinator, Fort Good Hope
  • Rielle Nakehk’o, Indigenous Registered Nurse
  • Chief Public Health Officer Kami Kandola
  • Territorial Medical Director Dr. AnneMarie Pegg
Interview: Information is Medicine with Tłı̨chǫ nurse Shania Young

Jocelyn Zoe and Shania Young - Interview