An Episode Collaboration with Heartberry Podcast

 In COVID-19

“…laying to rest some previous goals to make room for some new ones is okay right now.”

Join Shanna Peltier and Yotakahron Jonathan for an episode of the Heartberry Podcast where they discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on their communities (Wikwemikoong First Nation and Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, respectively) and on themselves, personally.

Shanna and Yotakahron reflect on the policies that have been implemented in their communities, the wide-ranging impact COVID has had on their daily lives, families and relationships, and their experiences with the “trajectory of coping”. As students, the pandemic has especially been stressful, requiring adjustments to what learning and doing school means during this time. Listen to the end for self-care tips (→ scary stories, trading baked goods with community members, and just taking it day by day).

*This podcast was produced as part of Yellowhead’s Call for Collaboration, with support from the Inspirit Foundation.
To learn more and submit a pitch, click here

Heartberry Hosts:

Shanna Peltier is a proud Anishinaabe kwe from Wikwemikoong Unceded Territory located on the beautiful Mnidoo Mnis (Manitoulin Island). Shanna is currently pursuing an MA in School and Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Toronto, and is passionate about mental health, wellness and life promotion, especially as it pertains to Indigenous children, youth and their families.

Yotakahron Jonathan is Mohawk Bear clan woman from Six Nations reserve, where she was born and raised. Yotakahron is a medical student in the Class of 2021 at McMaster University’s Niagara Regional Campus and a mentor through the Indigenous Health Sciences office. Yotakahron is also trained as a traditional doula through Tsi Non:we Ionnakeratstha.

Feature image: Original Artwork by Shanna Peltier


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