Documentation:CTLT Indigenous Initiatives COVID Resources

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What have we been learning from Indigenous perspectives and knowledges during this time of a global pandemic? What does it mean to practice and stay committed to decolonization? What are some key resources that help us to walk the talk and continue to support Indigenous engagement in teaching and learning?

The CTLT Indigenous Initiatives team has been exploring these questions throughout these challenging times, so have compiled and synthesized a few resources that we've found helpful below. Please note that this is a living document and will continue to be updated.


Decolonizing Community Care in Response to COVID-19 (NDN Collective)

  • Critiques capitalist individualism response to COVID-19 and encourages re-centering on the most vulnerable within communities: “The simple truth is that this disease is causing suffering and inequity across the world, to people’s bodies, their livelihoods, their spirits and emotional wellbeing. Furthermore, we are only as strong as the most vulnerable person in our community, so now more than ever it is imperative for us to decolonize from individualism and reconnect with ways of community care.”
  • Indigenous folks can draw from their histories of survival of situations where diseases were weaponized against their communities and lessons learned to get through this pandemic.
  • Podcast Discussion to accompany article

T̕ᶿχʷecsəm Wash Your Hands- Created by the Musqueam Language & Culture Department

  • During this time we are being asked to be vigilant about washing our hands. In the time that it takes to wash your hands you can learn a hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ word and apply this to your daily practices.
  • To learn more about Musqueam, their language, culture and history this is a helpful teaching kit to draw on

UBC Keep Teaching Website

  • Tips for the quick shift to online teaching and learning
  • Tools, online support sessions, and videos to help navigate Canvas and other aspects of successful online teaching


  • Blog post from Critical Indigenous Studies faculty, David Gaertner that focuses on his approach to shifting courses online, and provides additional resources
  • Highlights the benefit of asynchronous learning
  • Prioritizes equity and supporting the complexity of the whole student during this time of crisis

Accessing Deep Indigenous Knowing Webinar Series (Facebook) - hosted by KIN Knowledge in Indigenous Networks

An Indigenous future and present of work

  • As we explore conversations relating to decolonizing practices, this article written by Justin Wiebe, "An Indigenous future and present of work" highlights the need for fairness and inclusivity within the workplace during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • "If we want an inclusive and fair future (of work), it must also be an Indigenous one. A future that makes space for Indigenous knowledge and worldview, languages, and connection to lands and waters." - Justin Wiebe

What can I do now to keep learning? Bridging the Knowledge Gap through online spaces

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