Watch the full Virtual Mini-Conference from November 24, 2020 here: 

WIPCVH Virtual Mini-Conference: Person with Lived Experience of Viral Hepatitis 

Leona Quewezance is a Saulteaux woman from Keeseekoose First Nations in Saskatchewan, who had hepatitis C and has worked in hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS care for over 20 years. She spoke of how hepatitis C treatment has been affected by COVID-19 at the All Nations Hope Network where she works in Regina and Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatoon.

WIPCVH Virtual Mini-Conference:  Global Panel – Canada 

Margaret Kisikaw Piyesis, a Cree woman with ties to Gordon First Nation in Saskatchewan and the CEO of the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, spoke of how Indigenous peoples need to look to their own traditions, ceremonies, medicines and histories to find solutions to problems that have resulted from colonialism, including health problems.

WIPCVH Virtual Mini-Conference: Global Panel – USA

Dr. Brian McMahon, clinical Hepatologist and the Director of the Liver Disease and Hepatitis Program at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska, addresses viral hepatitis care among Alaska Natives and American Indians, and how COVID-19 has impacted that care in Alaska.

WIPCVH Virtual Mini-Conference: Global Panel – Central and South America

E. Roberto Orellana, PhD, MPH, MSW, is the Associate Dean for Research and Sponsored Projects at Portland State University’s School of Social Work (PSU-SSW) and an affiliate faculty in Public Health and Indigenous Nations Studies at PSU. He shared how Indigenous peoples in Central and South America, who are already overburdened by viral hepatitis, are also overly impacted by COVID-19, yet finding innovative ways of dealing with the pandemic.

WIPCVH Virtual Mini-Conference: Global Panel – Australia 

Professor James Ward, a descendent of the Pitjantjatjara and Nurrunga clans of central and south Australia, is the Director of the University of Queensland Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Professor in the UQ School of Public Health. He spoke of how successfully the Indigenous people have avoided COVID-19; however, hepatitis care has slowed down during the pandemic.

WIPCVH Virtual Mini-Conference: Cultural Interlude

Cree powwow dancer Randi Candline shares the meaning of the jingle dance and dances for us. Her red dress is in honour of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

WIPCVH Virtual Mini-Conference: Cultural Interlude

This traditional blessing song from Alaska reminds people to be strong and resilient in times of crisis.