Indigenous youth weren’t involved in creating COVID-19 policies — here’s why that needs to change for recovery

In part two of the Canadian Roots Exchange policy hackathon, Indigeous youth share future-forward visions for COVID-19 recovery — from self-governance to economic empowerment

Why It Matters

When creating COVID-19 protocols, the government didn’t always engage Indigenous communities, leaving many Indigenous leaders out of the decision-making process. Moving forward, that has to change; Indigenous youth are Canada's fastest-growing demographic, and for full COVID-19 recovery — one that takes into account the wellbeing of Indigenous communities — young policy leaders need equal say in building a better future.

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