Indigenous leaders take to radio, social media to encourage vaccination – Yorkton This Week

Indigenous leaders take to radio, social media to encourage vaccination – Yorkton This Week

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January 20, 2021

A familiar voice crackled as members of Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation (PBCN) in Southend flicked on their radios earlier this month.

From receivers on kitchen countertops and car radios, PBCN Chief Peter Beatty patiently described receiving a COVID-19 shot as the far north east embarked on a fast-paced vaccination drive. He spoke mostly in Cree, encouraging older band members to get the shot and giving his listeners a dose of reliable information over the airwaves.

Vaccine hesitancy is a challenge throughout Canada. In Indigenous communities it carries an extra challenge: building trust in a health care system that has been accused of neglecting and abusing them.

“We could not just dismiss these concerns. Rather, we have to walk with the communities,” said Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority (NITHA) medical health officer Dr. Nnamdi Ndubuka.

Read More: https://www.yorktonthisweek.com/news/indigenous-leaders-take-to-radio-social-media-to-encourage-vaccination-1.24270123

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