Northern First Nations Look for Answers as Work Camps Bring the Virus

Violet Gellenbeck, Kiliset, is an Elder and Ts’ako ze’, a female chief, who has barely left her home in the Wet’suwet’en community of Witset since March.

At 83, she’s taking the pandemic seriously. She’s given up her weekly Elders’ lunches and frequent meetings about language revitalization. Family dinners, birthdays, graduations and weddings are all on hold.

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