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Cree doctor hopes for positive changes post-pandemic – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on May 20, 202021 Views

‘If Indigenous physicians themselves and are seeing those types of overt racism then what happens to our patients who come from the communities…’

Like many people, Dr. James Makokis never imagined the COVID-19 pandemic would be as bad as it has become on Turtle Island.

It was only after speaking with an Indigenous physician colleague in the northern territory of Australia that Makokis became alarmed.

His Australian colleague was worried her people could go extinct because of how the virus was evolving.

It was around this time, Kehewin Cree Nation, where Makokis practices as a family doctor, started to take a proactive and strong response by closing the community.

So far, the nation has no confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Makokis is now in week ten of working from home, virtually.

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