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COVID-19 Resources

Source: First Nations Health Authority

Summary: COVID-19 is a new disease caused by the novel coronavirus. In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.

The FNHA is working with provincial and federal partners to actively monitor and respond to the pandemic. We have created these pages to help BC First Nations people and their healthcare providers and community leaders get the information they need to deal with the challenges posed by the pandemic and keep themselves and others safe.

This is not the time to lower our guard against COVID-19. We need to continue to protect each other, especially our Elders and people who are vulnerable, through physical distancing and hand-washing. Stay strong and stay the course during this pandemic – however long it takes.

Perceptions of safety among Indigenous people during the COVID- 19 pandemic

Source: StatCan – COVID19: Data to Insights for a Better Canada

Summary: The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting social disruption have left many to struggle with feelings of uncertainty, stress, and fear. A sense of personal safety, whether in the home or in public, is an important aspect of this uncertainty. A perceived lack of safety can have a significant adverse effect on individuals and communities (Perreault 2017), particularly among more vulnerable populations.

Recent studies based on crowdsourced data have highlighted some of the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic among Indigenous participants, including greater mental health and economic impacts compared to non-Indigenous participants (Arriagada et al. 2020a, 2020b). Building on these findings, this article focuses on the perceptions of safety, both at home and in public, among Indigenous people.

Les perceptions des Autochtones à l’égard de la sécurité pendant la pandémie de la COVID-19

Source: StatCan et la COVID-19:Des données aux connaissances, pour bâtir un Canada meilleur

Résumé: En raison de la pandémie de COVID-19 et des perturbations sociales qui en découlent, de nombreuses personnes éprouvent des sentiments d’incertitude, de stress et de peur. Le sentiment de sécurité personnelle, que ce soit à la maison ou dans les espaces publics, constitue un aspect important de cette incertitude. Un manque de sécurité perçu peut avoir un effet négatif important sur les personnes et les collectivités (Perreault, 2017), en particulier parmi les populations les plus vulnérables.

Des études récentes fondées sur des données obtenues par approche participative ont mis en évidence certains des impacts négatifs de la pandémie de COVID-19 chez les participants autochtones, notamment des impacts plus grands sur la santé mentale et des répercussions économiques plus importantes par rapport aux participants non autochtones (Arriagada et coll., 2020a, 2020b). S’appuyant sur ces résultats, le présent article porte sur les perceptions à l’égard de la sécurité, tant à la maison qu’en public, chez les Autochtones.

COVID-19 Resources for Indigenous Communities and Individuals

There are many helpful resources for Indigenous Peoples, with a focus on First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities in Canada and Quebec (though some international and U.S. resources are included).

The following resources have been gathered by the Cultural and Indigenous Research in Counselling Psychology (CIRC) lab within the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Response

 Source: First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC)

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to evolve in BC, Canada, and internationally.  This page will share the latest information from the First Nations Education Steering Committee, the First Nations Schools Association, and the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association about impacts to our events or operations due to COVID-19, and links to external resources that we hope will be helpful and informative for First Nations schools, First Nations communities, and our partners. For the latest news, see the BC Government NewsFirst Nations Health Authority, and BC Centre for Disease Control.

How to support student mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Students may experience a range of emotions during the COVID-19 situation. As well, changes in routine, including time away from school, may create challenges for some students. We also understand that young people with pre-existing mental health problems may find their symptoms increasing in light of the current uncertainties.

We’ve compiled tips and resources to help answer questions you may have about how to support students during this time.

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