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Indigenous Community Support Fund

Source: Government of Canada

Summary: The health, safety and well-being of all people in Canada, including First Nations, Inuit, and Métis People, is and will remain a top priority for all.

Canada recognizes that First Nations, Inuit and Métis are among the most at risk and that during this crisis, in particular, those in remote and fly-in only parts of the country are uniquely vulnerable. Communities are incredibly resilient and full of solutions and innovative ideas. This is why we must support distinctions-based measures to improve public health response for Indigenous communities and provide them with the flexibility they need to address the specific needs identified by communities and their members.

This fund provides Indigenous leadership with the flexibility needed to design and implement community-based solutions to prevent, prepare and respond to the spread of COVID-19 within their communities. These funds can be used for measures including, but not limited to:

  • support for Elders and vulnerable community members
  • measures to address food insecurity
  • educational and other support for children
  • mental health assistance and emergency response services
  • preparedness measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Fonds de soutien aux communautés autochtones

Source: Gouvernement du Canada

Résumé: La santé, la sécurité et le bien-être de tous les résidents du Canada, y compris les membres des Premières Nations, les Inuit et les Métis, sont une priorité absolue pour tous et le demeureront.

Le Canada reconnaît que les membres des Premières Nations, les Inuit et les Métis comptent parmi les plus à risque, et pendant cette crise en particulier, ceux qui vivent dans des régions du pays éloignées ou accessibles seulement par avion sont particulièrement vulnérables. Les communautés sont incroyablement résilientes et débordent de solutions et d’idées novatrices. C’est pourquoi nous devons soutenir toutes les mesures fondées sur les distinctions afin d’améliorer la réponse de la santé publique pour les communautés autochtones et donner à celles‑ ci la souplesse nécessaire pour répondre aux besoins spécifiques cernés par leurs membres.

Ces fonds permettront d’offrir aux dirigeants autochtones la souplesse dont ils ont besoin pour concevoir et mettre en œuvre des solutions communautaires pour prévenir la propagation de la COVID-19 dans leurs communautés, s’y préparer et y répondre. Ces fonds peuvent être utilisés pour appuyer les mesures suivantes, sans s’y limiter :

  • soutien aux Aînés et aux membres vulnérables de la communauté;
  • soutien pour contrer l’insécurité alimentaire;
  • soutien à l’enfance, notamment en éducation;
  • aide en santé mentale et services d’intervention d’urgence;
  • mesures de préparation pour prévenir la propagation de la COVID-19.

COVID-19: Resources for Indigenous Youth

Summary:The COVID-19 pandemic has made many of us feel worried and uncertain about the future. Here are some tips and tools for self-care, keeping in touch, staying safe online, and helping friends.

Use these resources to give you some inspiration to stay connected through daily questions and activities with your family!

•                       21 Days of Hope (Also available in Inuktitut)

•                       21 Days of Caring ( Also available in Inuktitut)


If you need help, Kids Help Phone is always there for you. No matter what you want to talk about, they’re there to listen. No judgment, totally private, 24/7.

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.

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