NPM continues to advance our Ngā Pae Tautoko COVID-19 Programme of research activities to contribute to our understanding of the impacts of the pandemic on Māori, and to develop preventative strategies. The work of our research community has been, and continues to be critical to addressing the challenges of COVID-19 and beyond, as we learn to negotiate our ‘new normal’. As part of our Tautoko Strategy, NPM is committed to ensuring that our researchers have a platform for communicating their expertise and insights into COVID-19 and the wider implications it may have on whānau.
Consequently, in January 2021 NPM added a further 11 research activities to be advanced by 13 Māori researchers. The activities will document, interrogate and communicate significant COVID-19 prevention strategies and messages for current and future generations. The final outputs of the research activities will comprise a compilation of creative works that can be memorialized to produce a galvanizing effect in the future, should our tuhanga once again encounter the challenges that we now face.
WATCH-->Dr Rebecca Wirihana talking about the process of 'containment' in healing during COVID-19 Alert level 4 Aotearoa/New Zealand State of Emergency. Rebecca is a Māori Clinical Psychologist currently based at the Northland District Health Board working in the Community Māori Mental Health Service.
Read --> a situation report from the Amerindian Support Network at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. The Amerindian Network connects with eight Mbya Guarani Tekoa and organize to broaden understanding of the different life contexts of indigenous communities both in and outside of Brazil, their struggle for human and civil rights, especially involving issues concerning land demarcation, differentiated education and health. Faced with the crisis of COVID-19, this report summarises selected news items regarding the situation of different communities and indigenous peoples in Brazil. At the end of this piece, some critical challenges based on ongoing conversations with the Mbya Guarani people are summarised.
Photo credit: Danilo Silva Guimarães & Rafaela Waddington Achatz. Students outside the House of Indigenous Peoples, University of São Paulo
The COVID-19 pandemic has been taking hold of our Indigenous communities, nations and lives. To our Indigenous friends worldwide, we reach out to connect, to weep for spirits passed, to acknowledge our concern for each other and to be warmed by your gaze. We are devastated by the death toll the pandemic is extracting across the globe yet strengthened by the brave leadership demonstrated by Indigenous leaders to protect and sustain our communities. It is a time for cool heads, swift action and confident resolve. Let us be strong together.
WATCH-->Dr Hinekura Smith (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Ati Awa) messaging to the Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga MAI Te Kupenga Doctoral network on staying well during COVID-19 Alert level 4 Aotearoa/New Zealand State of Emergency. Hinekura is NPM's Emerging Researchers’ Leader, providing national leadership and coordination of MAI Te Kupenga and developing and nurturing initiatives that contribute to the outcomes and objectives of NPM’s Capability and Capa