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UCN Faculty Member Plays Key Role in COVID‐19 Research Project

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by ahnationtalk on May 21, 202041 Views

(Town, MB) – UCN Faculty member, Dr. Ramona Neckoway (Faculty of Arts, Business and Science), is part of a research team exploring the impacts of COVID‐19 on Indigenous communities. The project entitled “Kitatipithitamak mithwayawin” is funded through a “Rapid Response” call at the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) focusing on COVID‐19.

The project includes a series of short videos (YouTube: featuring Kahkakiw (a Cree term for raven). A Cree speaking puppet raven helps deliver a variety of messages in culturally informed and meaningful contexts. Dr. Neckoway plays a key role in the project team and in the creation of the videos.

“This research project is going to play a fundamental role in shaping how Indigenous communities and peoples respond to the COVID‐19 pandemic,” says Neckoway. “I am really grateful to be a part of this amazing team, knowing we are bringing critical information to our communities about how to combat the effects of COVID‐19.”

Dr. Neckoway works closely with other research team members including Kahkakiw’s creator, Samson Hunter, to produce the short videos. The videos include public health information delivered in the Cree language. The videos focus on social distancing, hand washing, using sanitizer, and other pandemic related information. The series has had more than 22,000 views to date.

The research team quickly sought to deliver information to Indigenous peoples in a meaningful way, particularly where that information needed to be translated into Indigenous languages. This comes during a time when there is a deluge of information about the pandemic and precautionary measures.

For more information about the Kitatipithitamak Mithwayawin project, please visit or the Facebook page at

University College of the North provides learning opportunities to northern communities while respecting diverse Indigenous and northern values.


CONTACT: Monte Koshel
UCN Director of Communications / 204.627.8244


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