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Policy Briefing: The North
Tom Wong, executive director and chief medical officer of public health at Indigenous Services Canada, speaks at an April 30 press conference in the West Block about the COVID-19 pandemic. The government’s first priority was to respond to immediate health needs supporting the rapid and efficient public health response for Indigenous communities to the current COVID-19 pandemic, writes Liberal MP Pam Damoff. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Open and honest dialogue with Indigenous communities guide COVID-19 response

Throughout the pandemic, communities have led the way and found innovative solutions to the problems we are all facing.
We owe it to the people of the NWT to make sure we don’t lose the gains we have made in the past three months. We also owe it to them to build on these gains together.
With the longest Arctic coastline in the world and as stewards to globally important Arctic ecosystems, it is imperative that Canada continues to act a global leader in Arctic science.
It is northerners’ ideas, innovations, and solutions that we need—and are implementing—to prevent and stop the spread of this deadly virus into some of the most remote regions of our country.
Opinion|Natan Obed
Inuit-specific and Inuit-determined COVID-19 responses will have the most beneficial impact on our population during this time of uncertainty.
Opinion|Mark Mallory
For some research programs, hindsight will show that better engagement with Arctic communities to develop truly collaborative research will help minimize the impacts of these types of years.
Opinion|Michael Mann
We are fortunate to have a close friend in Canada, a country with which we share core values as well as many priorities when it comes to Arctic policy.
Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal says he's hearing most about the need for more money for housing and infrastructure as northerners grapple with the pandemic fallout.
The Liberal government must listen to northerners to ensure they have the support they need to continue protecting the health and safety of residents, while also ensuring the economy can recover.

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