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6th International Indigenous Voices in Social Work Conference: 2022: Aotearoa


May 25, 2020

How Indigenous Peoples Practices Can Guide Our Recovery From COVID-19

With the COVID-19 crisis highlighting the crucial importance of a balanced relation with nature and interdependence of human, animal and environmental health, Cristina Eghenter, Deputy Director, Social Development, WWF-Indonesia, argues that learning from Indigenous Peoples is the best way to repair our broken relationship with nature and secure a healthy future for all. Broken RelationshipThe world today is battling an unprecedented health crisis of a scale unforeseen in recent history. The COV...

May 23, 2020

COVID-19 Is Devastating World’s Indigenous Communities Beyond the Immediate Health Threat

By Catherine Caruso May 21, 2020Why Global Citizens Should Care:The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is increasing inequalities across the globe by disproportionately impacting people living in poverty and marginalized communities. Join us and take action to combat the coronavirus here. Indigenous communities are being devastated by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic beyond the immediate threat to their lives, according to UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples José Fra...

May 23, 2020

Isolation not enough to save Amazon indigenous village from COVID-19

TRES UNIDOS, BRAZIL (Reuters) - Tres Unidos, an indigenous village in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, locked out all visitors, hoping that isolation would keep it safe. And yet the new coronavirus still came.It arrived, most likely up the Rio Negro, the giant snaking river that connects Tres Unidos with the Amazon’s largest city, Manaus - five hours away by boat. The rivers, the lifeblood of these remote communities, are now also bringing disease. The dots of confirmed coronavirus deaths on a ma...

May 23, 2020

PM offering $75 million more in COVID-19 aid to Indigenous people living off-reserve

OTTAWA -- The federal government is increasing the amount of funding aimed at Indigenous people in Canada who are living off-reserve, adding $75 million to the existing Indigenous Community Support Fund, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Thursday.  On March 18, the government created a $305 million Indigenous Community Support Fund, which included $15 million for regional, urban and off-reserve Indigenous organizations. Trudeau said topping up the funding for Indigenous communit...

May 23, 2020

Health researcher hopes COVID-19 means new policies for Indigenous peoples

The Canadian Press · Posted: May 17, 2020 10:11 AM CT | Last Updated: May 18A health researcher studying COVID-19 as part of a national immunity task force hopes the pandemic elevates concern for persistent health issues, such as inadequate housing, for Indigenous people in Canada. "This pandemic has opened the eyes for a lot of people across Canada," said Dr. Carrie Bourassa, scientific director of the Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health, part of the Canadian Institutes of H...

May 21, 2020

Indigenous COVID-19 cases top 500,

by Sam Cowie on 18 May 2020Indigenous groups in Brazil are reeling from COVID-19 as infections and the death toll rise, with 540 cases and 103 deaths among 38 ethnic groups now reported by Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples’ Articulation (APIB). APIB says that the real numbers are likely much higher due to notification delays and underreporting. Worst hit is Amazonas state which has recorded 78 indigenous deaths, and its capital, the rainforest metropolis Manaus, where officials say ...

May 20, 2020

'COVID-19 Is Devastating Indigenous Communities Worldwide,

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 7:15 am Press Release: UN Special Procedures - Human Rights The new UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenouspeoples, José Francisco Cali Tzay, today expressed seriousconcerns over the devastating impact the COVID-19 pandemicis having on indigenous peoples beyond the healththreat.“I am receiving more reports every day fromall corners of the globe about how indigenous communitiesare affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and it deeply worriesme to see it is not alw...

May 20, 2020

COVID-19: New Maori Party candidate accuses Government of 'ethnic cleansing'

Donna Pokere-Phillips, who's standing in the Hauraki-Waikato electorate seat in the upcoming 2020 election, says New Zealand is witnessing "the greatest peacetime loss of civil liberties in our history at the exclusion of a Māori voice". She warns the recently-passed COVID-19 Public Health Response Bill gives officials warrantless entry on to premises including marae, as well as the power to detain people, prescribe treatment, and take possession of land and buildings."Warrantless entry on to o...

May 17, 2020

Māori Council welcomes unity in confronting government during Covid-19

Māori unified to confront the government over alarming Covid-19 rules for tangi and marae, the Māori Council says.The government drew harsh criticism from Māori when it announced on Monday that tangi would remain limited to 10 people at alert level 2.Within days, the rules were revoked and a new limit of 50 was set.There was further outcry when details of the Covid-19 Health Response Bill revealed police could search marae without a warrant if they suspected people were breaking the governmen...

May 15, 2020

Waitangi Tribunal looks at scope of its Oranga Tamariki inquiry

The Waitangi Tribunal is weighing up what the scope of its inquiry into Oranga Tamariki should be, and how it can thoroughly investigate why Māori are disproportionately taken into state care, within a tight urgency timeframe.It is the fifth inquiry into Oranga Tamariki to arise since the ministry tried to take a newborn baby from a Hawke's Bay mother last year.Representatives of the claimants, including those representing the midwives at the centre of the Hawke's Bay case, have met with the tr...

May 15, 2020

Nga Pae o te Maramatanga

In our most recent Te Arotahi Paper (link to paper here), NPM researchers are calling for our policy-makers to recognise and respect Māori concepts of wealth in advancing Māori financial literacy, in the face of the additional challenges now in front of our communities in this fast changing world.   A skilled and experienced cross institutional research team, led by Associate Professor Carla Houkamau (University of Auckland Business School), brought together a group of mostly low inc...

May 14, 2020


By Stephanie Gibson, Matariki Williams and Puawai CairnsFor a small, peaceful democracy in the South Pacific, New Zealand has had its fair share of major protest issues, and over the decades New Zealanders have become adept at mobilising around causes. From protest about war – be it the New Zealand Wars, the Great War, the Vietnam War or the invasion of Iraq – to trade union action, protests against apartheid and nuclear ship visits, protest for the rights of wo...

May 13, 2020

COVID-19: Not First Pandemic: Indigenous Peoples

COVID-19 not the first pandemic Indigenous Peoples have quarantined from By Emilee Gilpin | News |April 2nd 2020 Explore the article to recognize that this is not the first time nor if we understand scientists korero, will it be the last. Great reading. https://www.nationalobserver.c......

May 13, 2020

COVID-19: Mental Health and Wellbeing:

Explore the resources and websites for some helpful information about mental health and wellbeing in particular reference to young people....

May 12, 2020

COVID-19: Indigenous Resilience

Hello colleagues, I hope that you and your families are well. As a follow up to my earlier message, I have compiled a brief summary of how some of our communities are responding with strengths and resilience to COVID-19. Thank you for your contributions to this summary and all that you continue to do to foster wellbeing for Indigenous Peoples around the world. Hilary WeaverWeaver, Hilary <>;...

May 12, 2020

Buy Maori Made

Explore the Facebook Link for tangata whenua businesses that are advertising their products.A really important way to support tangata whenua in their endeavours and obtain beautiful taonga at the same time.Explore and enjoy!

May 9, 2020

COVID-19: Te Puni Kokiri: Information for Maori

COVID-19 Information for Māori Hūtia te rito o te harakeke. Kei hea te kōmako, e kō? Uia mai ki ahau, he aha te mea nui o te ao? Māku e kī atu; he tangata, he tangata, he tangata! Pluck the heart from the flax bush - where will the bellbird be? Ask me, what is the most important thing in the world? I will reply, it is people, it is people, it is people! Latest updates Help for you and your whānau Protecting your hauora The Government is providing help in a range of ways Changes to th...

May 9, 2020

COVID-19: Protecting People, Protecting Rights

Indigenous Peoples and COVID-19: Protecting People, Protecting Rights April 8, 2020 Kate GunnThe past month has brought sweeping, unprecedented change as individuals, communities and nations around the world struggle to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Efforts to contain the virus include significantly increased government powers and corresponding limits on civil liberties, as well as disruptions to individuals’ ability to work, socialize and care for one another. In Canada, Indigenous Peoples...

May 7, 2020

COVID-19: Amazon's Indigenous Peoples

Brazil has now confirmed at least seven coronavirus cases among the indigenous population, according to the newspaper Globo.Brasilia: Brazil said Wednesday a first case of the new coronavirus had been detected among the Yanomami people, an Amazon indigenous group known for its remoteness and its vulnerability to foreign diseases."Today we confirmed a case (of the virus) among the Yanomami, which is very worrying," Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta told a news conference."We have to be tripl...

May 7, 2020

COVID-19: What Indigenous People Have Been Saying

COVID-19 crisis tells world what Indigenous Peoples have been saying for thousands of years By Emilee Gilpin | NewsCOVID-19 and other health endemics are directly connected to climate change and deforestation, according to Indigenous leaders from around the world who gathered on March 13, in New York City, for a panel on Indigenous rights, deforestation and related health endemics. “The coronavirus is telling the world what Indigenous Peoples have been saying for thousands of years &...

May 7, 2020

SWRB: Chief Advisor: Maori Responsiveness

Chief Advisor, Māori Responsivenes WHAKATAUKI“Mā te rongo, ka mōhio, Mā te mōhio, ka mārama,Mā te mārama, ka mātau, Mā te mātau, ka ora.”“From listening comes knowledge, from knowledge comes understanding,From understanding comes wisdom, from wisdom comes well-being.” The RoleThe Social Workers Registration Board has an exciting opportunity for a Chief Advisor, Māori to join its team in Wellington to provide advice and support to the Social Workers Registration Boar...

May 7, 2020

IFSW: Ethical Issues: COVID-19

Dear IFSW Members, we hope you, your families and colleagues are well at this demanding time. You may have seen in last week’s news that The IFSW Ethics Commission has formed a partnership with the Social Work Ethics Research Group (SWERG) to undertake rapid research on the ethical dilemmas that social workers are experiencing globally when responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The results of the survey will be used to highlight ethical concerns and to assist social work employers, policy develop...

April 29, 2020

United Nations, Indigenous Peoples and COVID-19

“We urge Member States and the international community to include the specific needs and priorities of indigenous peoples in addressing the global outbreak of COVID 19.“ —  Chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Anne Nuorgam. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic poses a grave health threat to Indigenous peoples around the world. Indigenous communities already experience poor access to healthcare, significantly higher rates of communicable and non-commun...

April 26, 2020

Indigenous Communities and COVID 19: Navajo Nation

The Tangata Whenua Social Workers Association is keen to explore how indigenous communities globally are dealing with COVID-19 and so we are beginning with the Navajo Nation.The Navajo Nation is battling COVID-19 and contact tracing, see these websites for further information:

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