New Manitoba-made app documents COVID-19 cases in Indigenous communities

Published Thursday, February 11, 2021 6:58PM CST

WINNIPEG — Manitoba researchers have developed a new COVID-19 app believed to be the first of its kind.

The app, called COVID-19 Indigenous, was created at the University of Manitoba in partnership with Indigenous leaders. It was made to support the COVID-19 response in Indigenous communities.

“It will allow Indigenous communities to document the impacts and their responses to COVID-19 in real time, and everything is aligned with OCAP (ownership, control, access, and possession) principles over their own data,” said Evan Chamakese, community outreach coordinator for the app and a member of Pelican Lake First Nation.

“They can share this information with us if they wish, or they can do as they please.”

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