Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

Epidemics and resilience


David McLaren's mother was sick with the flu when she gave him a bottle of Aspirin and told him to take it to a nearby family that had been cut down by multiple diseases sweeping through the Upper Ottawa Valley.

It was 1931, and measles, chicken pox, tuberculosis and influenza gripped the Sand Point Algonquin settlement of about 350 people by Lac des Quinze, about 450 kilometres northwest of Ottawa.


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