The Loss of Culture, Family, and Connection Due to COVID-19 – FNHA

The interruption in cultural ceremonies and traditions has been a prominent issue for many Indigenous people throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. ​For Cind​y Pete​, Gitdumden clan member living on Coast Salish Territory of Vancouver, the pandemic has meant a loss of culture, family, and connection.​

Without hesitation, Cindy lists several important reasons she chose to get vaccinated, some more personal than others. She, like many others, is driven by the desire to protect herself, her family, and the vulnerable people she works with.

Cindy has seen the effects of COVID-19 hit close to home and has suffered great losses during the pandemic. Her nephew Paul passed away from complications of a COVID-19 infection on Aug. 17, 2021, and her aunt Lillian is still fighting her own battle with the illness.

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