Friendship centres encouraging people to get their COVID-19 shot


With the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic affecting communities across the country, the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) is urging people to get vaccinated.

The number of Indigenous Peoples getting their shots in urban settings is much lower than those living on reserve or remote communities.

According to president Jocelyn Formsma, the NAFC is trying to get out as much information as possible.

“What they have said is the benefits of the vaccine completely outweigh any of the risks that we have seen to date,” she said. “In fact, with the rates of COVID, especially the variants, the delta variants, in particular, it’s so devastating and shocking to see how quickly it’s moving through our communities, and we just want people to be safe as possible.

“While imperfect, it’s the best tool we have to prevent the spread and serious illness in our people by taking the vaccine.”

Video Journalist / Calgary

Tamara is Métis from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She received a diploma in interactive media arts at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon and has worked as a videographer for CBC in Winnipeg and Iqaluit. Tamara was hired by APTN in 2016 as a camera/editor and is now a video journalist in our Calgary bureau.