Indigenous people have a predisposition toward resilience that enables our communities to persevere for future generations, and we are testimony of this genius to thrive.
My uncle recently told my family and community a story of how my great grandmother was the sole survivor of a powerful, strong bloodline. She overcame a pandemic almost 100 years ago for me to be here now. And this story has stuck with me for weeks because it tells the story of collective resilience, perseverance and our responsibility to care for one another.
When we began hearing about COVID-19, none of us really knew we were about to face a pandemic. Neither did we have an idea of the full ramifications the virus would have on our economy, and most importantly on our families’ health and well-being.
Unfortunately, while COVID-19 has disrupted daily life for every person across the country, the pandemic has had an unequal impact on people’s physical, financial, emotional and mental health, and wellness. The magnitude of the disruption is due in part to generational inequities of access and opportunity that existed prior to COVID-19. Across the country, immigrant, Native American and low-income families and communities of color have been impacted the most by this outbreak.