Through Indigenous News Online Staff
The Indian National Council on Aging (NICOA) has extended its Connected Indigenous Elders campaign until the end of the year. The campaign began right after Labor Day in September. The national campaign was launched to address the issue of social isolation and loneliness among Native Americans and Alaska Natives. The campaign aims to educate Indigenous families about the health issue and recommend available resources.
Part of NICOA’s action is aimed at indigenous youth. In December, NICOA tries to ensure that indigenous youth engage with their elders in tribal communities across the Indian country.
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“We want to remind young people of their obligation to help take care of their elders in our tribal communities, especially during this known and unprecedented time when we are just trying to get back to some kind of normalcy”, Desiree Lapahie, L NICOA data analyst told Native News Online. “We want to make sure that they are not so lonely or that they will not be depressed.”
Laphie says there is a transition in the passing of the older generation and the need to pass on traditions and values dear to tribal communities to younger generations. One of the core values is caring for the elderly, according to Laphie.
One of the benefits of seeing more young people getting involved in eldercare is the fact that elders have so much to teach young people when it comes to teaching young people about their Indigenous culture and heritage.
“I am thinking, on both sides, of both the young people who want to know more about you know, their own culture, their own heritage and the elders who want to teach them. “I think this is a great first step in trying to close the gap,” said Lephie
In order to attract the attention of indigenous youth, NICOA has a competition for young people, up to 25 years old, to participate.
Youth and Elder Engagement Competition (on the NICOA website):
NICOA wants to remind young people of their obligation to help take care of their elders in our tribal communities, because our elders are our custodians of our culture and our language.
The Youth and Seniors Engagement contest will run from November 17 to December 17, 2021. Videos and photos posted before December 17, 2021 Mountain Time will be eligible.
- To be eligible, a youth aged 0 to 25 will need to show a photo of an elder, or include it in the video or photo for submission. All submissions must use the hashtag #youthandindigenouselders and tag NICOA on @NICOAAging on Facebook, @NICOA_Aging on Twitter, or @nationalindiancouncilonaging on Instagram.
- Videos should be short, one to three.
- When posting, please tell us your tribal affiliation or tribal territory and use the phrase “This is how I engage with my elder…” and show the action, eg video chat with your elder, walking, cooking , beading, drumming, driving on dates, etc. If submitting a photo, please include the Tribal Affiliation or Tribal Territory and a brief description of how you engage with your Elder in the social media post.
- Only one entry per person.
- The draw will take place on December 17th. Recipients will be informed through a post on NICOA’s social networks, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Recipients can also receive a message through these channels.
- Please allow up to two to three weeks for delivery of the card.
- By entering this contest, you authorize NICOA to repost or share the contest entry on its social media channels for promotional and educational purposes. Photo credit will be given to the author.
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