Shana Dion never imagined she’d be teaching Elders how to Zoom, or conducting a virtual Round Dance on Instagram. But as UAlberta’s assistant dean of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students, she’s willing to do whatever it takes during the pandemic to maintain wâhkôhtowin — a Cree word referring to the interconnectedness of relationships, communities and natural systems. In this episode, Shana talks about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on Indigenous communities, both on and off campus. Learn about her innovative approach to connecting to ceremony online, her concerns for her students and the importance of relationships during hard times.
This episode was recorded on May 28. At the time, there were 6,955 cases of Covid-19 in Alberta.
The Line is a University of Alberta Alumni Association podcast
Hosted by: Matt Rea
Produced by: Matt Rea and Chloe Chalmers
Music: “Under Cover” by Wayne Jones
The clip from the interview with Dr. James Makokis was edited for length.
Watch the full interview on APTN:https://www.aptnnews.ca/facetoface/cree-doctor-hopes-for-positive-changes-post-pandemic/
Listen to Elder Elsey and Elder Francis singing:https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2575460802773215
Read Shana’s article on Wâhkôhtowin:https://blog.ualberta.ca/w%C3%A2hk%C3%B4htowin-the-value-of-relationships-amid-crisis-c4f75c83cfa7
Learn more about how the pandemic intersects with race and gender in IG in Conversation, an interview series that uses intersectional expertise to explore emerging issues, created by Intersections of Gender, a University of Alberta signature area:https://soundcloud.com/user-634439622-564879468/ig-in-conversation-with-dr-catherine-clune-taylor-covid-19-racism-and-masculinity
Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-line/id1504960888