Inez Louis, who is strategic operations planner with the health department in the Sto:lo Service Agency, talks about infection control in the latest YouTube video about COVID-19 created in partnership with the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice and the Chilliwack Economic Recovery Network. (YouTube)

VIDEO: Nurse Inez Louis explains how infection control is not social control

The difference is important for Indigenous people to hear in the context of Canada's colonial past

  • Feb. 26, 2021 12:00 a.m.

Sto:lo nurse Inez Louis wants to make sure Indigenous people, and all people, understand that infection control is not social control.

Louis, who is a strategic operations planner in the health department of the Sto:lo Service Agency, shared more of her thoughts on COVID-19 in the latest YouTube videos created in partnership with the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice and the Chilliwack Economic Recovery Network.

Louis pointed to the importance of explaining the difference between infection control and social control in the context of Canada’s colonial past.

“It’s an important subject to consider, especially in the Indigenous community, where we have experienced the historical impacts of social control through government and colonization,” Louis said. “For some of us it can seem unnerving with provincial guidelines to protect us.”

Infection control is meant to protect people from getting sick and is not a measure of social control.

“So I encourage each and every one of you to find your voice and work together having critical conversations so that we can grow in one mind and one heart. And in our language we say Lets’emot.”

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