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Message from an Indigenous mother to her three-year-old during COVID-19

“Will aunty die from the virus?” Andrea Landry's three-year-old daughter asked her one morning while they were playing quietly on the floor. Landry recognized her daughter's fear, and she recognized her own. She knew this pandemic was an invitation to feel complicated emotions, but also a time to look to traditional knowledge systems, to survive in the same way as her ancestors did.

COVID-19 not the first pandemic Indigenous Peoples have quarantined from

Just a few generations ago, Tlaook, a Nuu-Chah-Nulth ancestor of the Tla-o-qui-aht nation led families to a safe place of refuge in their territory to wait out fatal diseases European settlers brought to the coast of B.C. When the people returned, many had died, but the story of the importance of preserving the land during times of pandemics lived on and continues to shape the nation's work.

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