Edmonton Oilers defenceman, Ethan Bear, has joined up with the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation to lend his voice as part of the #ProtectOurElders campaign to help spread the word about protecting the most vulnerable members of the community during this difficult time.
What is the #ProtectOurElders campaign?
National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Ashley Callingbull, Sarain Fox, Ethan Bear of the Edmonton Oilers, and Zach Whitecloud of the Las Vegas Knights are helping Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation share the importance of physical distancing and hygiene to protect Elders in First Nations communities.
“Elders are living libraries in First Nations communities. They guide and protect community members with their experiences, wisdom and teachings passed on from our ancestors. They are crucial in the survival of Indigenous knowledge, culture and traditions,” said Chief Tony Alexis. “The campaign was created to encourage Indigenous youth to be partners in protecting our Elders, who are most vulnerable to the coronavirus.”
The campaign encourages Indigenous youth to participate by posting a video sharing what actions they are taking to protect Elders and including the hashtag #ProtectOurElders.
If interested, youth in the community can enter a contest to win one of four Zoom calls with either Ethan Bear, Zach Whitecloud, Ashley Callingbull, Sarain Fox where they will be able to ask questions and converse about life and why the campaign is important to them. To follow the campaign as it progresses, check out the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation social accounts or visit protectourelders.ca.
For further information, feel free to connect with ANSN on Instagram (@Alexis_Nakota), Facebook (@AlexisNakota), Twitter (@Alexis_Nakota) and TikTok (@AlexisNakota). You can also visit their official website at ansn.ca.