‘The Pain Is Always New’: Indigenous Video Talks COVID, Stereotypes, and Social Stigma

‘Everyone should feel safe and supported.’
Source: University of Washington / Tsimshian children, Metlakatla

Last year, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond authored a bombshell report detailing racism against Indigenous people in the B.C. healthcare system, writing that it is “an ugly and undeniable problem” that “must be urgently addressed.”

Building on that report, the organizations Indigenous Health, Northern Health, and the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH) have this week released a short and informative video explaining the links between racism and COVID-19.

“As the video illustrates, the combination of pandemics and stigma is an old story for Indigenous people, but the pain is always new,” Dr. Margo Greenwood, VP Indigenous Health, NH and Academic Leader for the NCCIH, said in a statement. “The ill effects can last for generations unless we all, Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, support each other to take positive, healing action. Everyone should feel safe and supported in their communities.”

Watch the powerful video here, which is narrated by Dr. Evan Adams (Tlesla II) a physician and an actor, and has animation by Joanne Gervais and music by Renae Morriseau and M’Girl.

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