COVID-19 Pandemic: Language matters

The COVID-19 pandemic is accompanied by an #Infodemic, a spread of disinformation and misinformation making it difficult to find accurate life-saving information. Accurate information about COVID-19 such as on hygiene, physical distance, quarantine and prevention must reach everyone, including  #indigenous peoples and language users. As #COVID19 spreads to vulnerable countries with high levels of poverty and malnutrition and other disadvantages affecting indigenous peoples, it is critical to join efforts and cooperate closely to ensure the sharing of correct life-saving information and resources about COVID-19 in lesser-used, minority and indigenous languages.

Languages matter during the COVID-19 pandemic, as they are an intrinsic part of human rights and fundamental freedoms of their users, including access to accurate life-saving  information and healthcare.

We have created a collection of useful resources in relation to the role of languages in the context of the current COVID 19 Pandemic, available below.

 

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UN-related Resources

Call for inputs: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples to the General Assembly. Impact of COVID-19 on indigenous peoples (OHCHR)

DEADLINE: 15 JUNE 2020

Indigenous peoples and COVID-19: A Guidance Note for the UN System (UN Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Issues)

Statement by the Chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES & THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: CONSIDERATIONS (UNDESA)

Statement by the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP)

Indigenous peoples’ health and safety at risk due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) (FAO)

COVID-19 Guidance – Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

#DontGoViral: UNESCO and i4Policy launch a campaign to crowdsource local content to combat the Infodemic in Africa

“Journalism, Fake News & Disinformation” UNESCO Handbook for Journalism Education and Training 

Combating the disinfodemic: Working for truth in the time of COVID-19 (UNESCO)

Worldwide MOOC to train journalists to be the best they can in covering the crisis (UNESCO, WHO, MOOC)

Protecting human rights amid COVID-19 crisis (UN Department of Global Communications)

COVID-19: How to include marginalized and vulnerable people in risk communication and community engagement (Risk Communication and Community Engagement Working Group)

AN OVERVIEW OF PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACHES SPECIFIC FOR POPULATIONS LIVING UNDER CONDITIONS OF VULNERABILITY. THE CASE OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES. HIGH LEVEL MEETING OF MINISTERS OF HEALTH (PAHO)

Evidencia para el cambio transformativo: encuesta de UNRISD sobre respuestas al Covid-19 y comunidades vulnerables (UNRISD)

“Ensuring food security in the era of COVID-19” , United Nations (Sustainable Development Goals)

Making Indigenous Women and Girls Visible in the Implementation of the UN Framework for the Immediate Socio-Economic Response to COVID-19 Accessing Funds Through the Multi-Partner Trust Fund (UN Women)

COVID-19: A Gender Lens; Protective Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Promoting Gender Equality, United Nations Population Fund (UNPF)

“Statement on COVID-19 & Youth”, United Nations Inter-Agency Network of Youth Development (UN IANYD)

“COVID-19 is devastating indigenous communities worldwide, and it’s not only about health” – UN expert warns (OHCHR)

Other Resources

COVID-19 Resources in 500 languages (Endangered Languages Project)

Statement by the Group of Friends of Indigenous Peoples on safeguarding the health, wellbeing, and livelihoods of indigenous peoples across the world in face of COVID-19 (GOF Indigenous Peoples)

Convocatoria de traducción para la preparación de traducción para dar respuestas sobre COVID19 en las comunidades Indígenas (Global Indigenous Caucus)

COVID-19 Indigenous Health Partnership (GIYC, Harvard Medical School COVID-19 Student Response Team, UN Youth Envoy, UNPFII, IFAD, UNICEF).

UNITED WE FIGHT THE PANDEMIC/ UNIDOS COMBATIMOS LA PANDEMIA (Cultural Survival)

COVID 19: The survival of indigenous peoples is at risk (Centre for Justice and International Law)

Using Droplets for Distance Learning (Drops Language Learning Application)

COVID-19 Community Translation Program (Translators Without Borders)

UNESCO Regions

Africa

Socio-economic and cultural impacts of COVID-19 on Africa (UNESCO Responses)

Press Release on the Impact of the COVID-19 Virus on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa (ACHPR)

Arab States

Latin America and the Caribbean

Estrategia Multisectorial para protección de los pueblos indígenas u originarios en el marco de la emergencia sanitaria por el COVID-19 (Gobierno del Peru)

 

Viceministra de Interculturalidad: Se desarrollan acciones concretas para las comunidades indígenas (Gobierno del Peru)

 

COVID-19: Official Platform – Government of Mexico

MATERIALS IN INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES TO PREVENT CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 – Government of Mexico 

#UNESCOMéxicoReúne – Frente Inclusivo, Respuestas al COVID-19

Materiales en diferentes lenguas nativas para la prevención del COVID-19 (Paraguay)

Gobierno de Panamá circulará información en lenguas indígenas para concientizar sobre el Covid-19

14th Edition of the Title of Expert in Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and International Cooperation (with emphasis on COVID-19) – Experto en Pueblos Indígenas, Derechos Humanos y Cooperación Int.

#CuidaTuComunidad campaign – International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)

(Coronavirus/COVID-19) Informacion en Lenguas Originarias/Lenguas Indigenas – Resources in Indigenous Languages  (CIELO)

Convocatoria dirigida a las #JuventudesIndígenas: Slogan y Cartel sobre la Prevención del Covid-19 en #PueblosIndígenas (FILAC)

Plataforma Indígena Regional frente al COVID-19 (FIAY; FILAC)

Entrevista a Jairo Gualinga Pusanga dirigente de Juventudes Indígenas de la Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas del Ecuador CONAIE  (Podcast – FILAC)

International Working Group on the Protection of Indigenous Peoples Living in Voluntary Isolation and Initial Contact in the Amazon and in the Gran Chaco

Comunidades indigenas donan alimentos para afectatods por COVID-19

The Indigenous Communities that predicted Covid-19 (BBC Travel – Costa Rica, Central America)

Flooding devastates Ecuador’s indigenous communities in the Amazon (Mongabay)

Translating the pandemic: Bay Area radio hosts broadcast in indigenous languages (SF Gate)

COVID-19 y los Pueblos Indígenas y Afrodescendientes: desigualdades estructurales y respuestas comunes pero diferenciadas (Nodal)

Coronavirus: términos en quechua para COVID – 19 (Kuyrami)

Asia and the Pacific

Coronavirus Health Messages in Aboriginal Languages (Northern Territory Government, Australia)

AIPP Statement on COVID-19 and Indigenous Peoples in Asia

COVID-19: Communicating to Nepal’s indigenous communities in the languages they understand (Indigenous Voice, Nepal)

Southeast Asia’s indigenous groups call for support in their fight against COVID-19

COVID-19 Response Non-English Resources (Asia-Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group)

Indigenous Papuans initiate own lockdowns in face of COVID-19 (Mongabay Series: Southeast Asian infrastructure)

In a Philippine indigenous stronghold, traditions keep COVID-19 at bay (Mongabay)

Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh in severe food crisis during Covid-19 Pandemic (International Land Coalition – Asia)

Why self-determination is vital for Indigenous communities to beat coronavirus (The Conversation)

Europe and North America

Public service announcements about COVID-19 (Department of Indigenous Services, Government of Canada)

The dangers of misinformation and neglecting linguistic minorities during a pandemic (EU Commission)

Native Americans are among those who face the biggest threat from COVID-19 | Opinion

Coronavirus en EE.UU.: la “carnicería” de la pandemia en la Nación Navajo, el lugar con mayor número de casos per cápita del país (BCC Español)

Streamlining diversity: COVID-19 measures that support social cohesion (OSCE)