Messages from Indigenous Knowledge Keepers on COVID-19 and the Vaccines

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Recently, The National Turtle Lodge Knowledge Keepers Council went into counsel in ceremony, to prepare a statement regarding COVID-19, its challenges, and the issue of the vaccines.

Part 1

Anishinaabe Elder Dr. Dave Courchene shares a statement on behalf of the National Turtle Lodge Council of Knowledge Keepers to encourage us to take personal responsibility, listening to our own spirit by seeking guidance through prayer, ceremony and being on the land, when making choices about how to address COVID and the vaccines.

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Part 2

Listen to Anishinaabe Grandmother Mary Maytwayashing, from Lake Manitoba First Nation, on encouraging her family to take the COVID-19 vaccine, the role of individual choice and how a ceremony before she took the vaccine helped her.

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Part 3

Anishinaabe Elder Chief Dr. Harry Bone, from Keeseekoowenin Ojibway Nation, explains how it’s possible to balance modern and traditional medicine, and encourages us to consider taking the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Part 4

Anishinaabe Grandmother Florence Paynter, from Sandy Bay First Nation, explains why it was so important for her as a Knowledge Keeper and Anishinaabe language speaker to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Part 5

Anishinaabe Knowlede Keeper Robert Maytwayashing, from Lake Manitoba First Nation, talks about his trust and faith in humanity and his position on the COVID-19 vaccine.

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