School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Queen's Contagion Cultures Lecture Series

Tuesday November 10, 2020 

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The Pandemic and the Crisis: An Indigenous Perspective

Bob Watts
Senior Fellow (Reconciliation), First Peoples Group; VP Indigenous Relations, NWMO; Adjunct Professor and Distinguished Fellow, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University

The global pandemic has been particularly difficult for Indigenous peoples globally. Indigenous peoples in Canada have implemented a variety of measures to protect themselves from the virus. Some of these measures have brought forward memories of past trauma and pain and this has impacted Indigenous communities across the country. 

The response by government and by some industries exposed cracks in Canadian society especially as it pertains to Indigenous well being. This talk will explore some of these  inequalities and invite conversation on pathways forward based on our national commitment to reconciliation.