Northern Chiefs release video message, vaccine key to cultural survival of Indigenous communities –

Chiefs of five Northwestern Ontario First Nations participate in Nokiiwin Tribal Council PSA encouraging vaccination.

THUNDER BAY – The chiefs of five First Nations in Northwestern Ontario have released a joint video encouraging the public to get vaccinated, and looking to dispel online misinformation.

In a PSA created by the Nokiiwin Tribal Council, the chiefs state the vaccine is a safe, “life-saving tool” that’s key not just to ensuring physical health, but also the cultural survival of Indigenous communities.

“For me it was the importance of [ensuring] the survival of my people, and to make sure we take care of the vulnerable ones, especially our seniors,” says Chief Melvin Hardy of Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek, also known as Rocky Bay First Nation.

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