This article was originally published in CBA Alberta's Law Matters publication on April 29, 2021.
By: Koren Lightning-Earle
It has been over a year since COVID-19 became a part of our everyday language and lives in Canada. I am sure we all remember where we were, who we were with and what we were doing when we first heard the phrase "stay home and stay safe." Thinking back, I had heard about Zoom, I had video conferenced into meetings on occasion, but nothing I could image would compare to what the future would bring. I quickly became best friends with Zoom, and now, can confidently add "Zoom Technician" to the list of services I provide to my clients.
The world halted... and that included our Indigenous communities. Buildings shut down, streets emptied, and people stayed home listening to the radio or watching the new anxiously awaiting word of when things would get back to normal. All my meetings with Indigenous clients were cancelled. All of my meetings with non-Indigenous agencies continued online with Zoom, Team or Google Meet.