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Maintaining relations and social connection is an important part of Indigenous people’s overall wellbeing. Social isolation requirements with COVID-19 have made it challenging for First Nations people on Manitoulin Island, especially Elders (aged 55+) and those with physical disabilities, to find opportunities for social connection.
- Noojmowin Teg Health Centre recognized the need to facilitate social connection particularly for groups who are typically more isolated in their communities.
- They organized and have started weekly group telephone connections for FN community members to connect and share traditional teachings, stories, experiences and challenges with each other.
- It provides Elders (55+) and people with disabilities an opportunity to engage socially, laugh, stimulate their brain, and connect to professionals in the community.
- Groups are limited to 15 people.
- Participant contacts Noojmowin Teg by Phone (705) 368-2182 or Facebook/Twitter to schedule session
- Participant calls teleconference line to join session
- Moderator/facilitator welcomes participants, introduces guest speakers or topics
- The group joins in on the discussions
- Participants are encouraged to share stories and experiences with one another
- Session wrap-up
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