Pandemic planning means tough decisions, frank discussions – CBC

Tania Cameron has helped two northern Indigenous communities develop plans to prevent spread of COVID-19

Apr 08, 2020

Creating pandemic plans for northern Indigenous communities involves making some difficult decisions, said one woman who helped two communities put plans together.

“It’s ideal to develop it well before a communicable disease emergency, so because we’re in the midst of the pandemic, we had to move fast,” said Tania Cameron, a member of Niisaachewan First Nation, and part of the Aboriginal Sports and Wellness Council.

“So we had a team of people from the leadership, from staff, and community members wanting to help either update or develop their new plan,” Cameron said. “So there was a lot of meetings, community meetings, teleconferences, about everything from reporting and surveillance, to … roles and responsibilities of the leadership, of provincial government, of the federal government, and how these three levels of government will work together in the midst of a pandemic.”

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