COVID-19 resources: Indigenous communities and cultural safety

Please Read: As information on prevention, policy, and programs is rapidly evolving, these resources generally direct users to frequently updated sites, rather than single pages that can go quickly out of date. We provide evidence-based resources and encourage members to dig deeper as their mission/work requires. We are grateful to everyone as they do their best through this crisis and wish all well as we work within this extraordinary time.
Watch: Dr. Evan Adams Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), discusses the public health issues of COVID-19.

The Medicine of Resilience
As Indigenous people we have many years of experience with using the medicine of resilience to not only survive adversity but to come out stronger.

First Nations Health Authority COVID-19 Resources for individuals, including mental health, substance use and harm reduction.

First Nations Health Authority COVID-19 Resources for Health Care Professionals

First Nations Health Authority COVID-19 resources for Community Leaders, including FNHA guidelines for personal protective equipment (PPE) u​​se (settings, target personnel, activities, equipment required) funding for additional support; steps for communities to take.

Planning for Food Security: A Toolkit for the COVID-19 Pandemic  The First Nations Health Authority has released a food security toolkit:. “Thinking of the food system as a whole during the COVID-19 pandemic supports a wholistic community approach to making a food security plan. During a global pandemic such as the one we are currently experiencing, food systems can be disrupted and lead to additional food security challenges for communities. There is an opportunity, however, to take more control over the community-level food system. Your community can make short-, medium- and long-term plans for food security using a food systems approach.”

Accessing Personal Protective Equipment for First Nations Communities

Mental Health and Cultural Supports to Indigenous people during COVID-19, from FNHA

Dr. Nel Wieman of the FNHA talks about COVID-19: Prevention, cultural events, and mental health

Tip Sheet: Indigenous Cultural Safety during COVID-19 (BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres)

Practising Cultural Safety and Humility in the response to COVID-19 (BC College of Family Physicians)

Thinking About Cultural Safety During COVID-19(Northern Health)

Webinar: The New Reality of Culturally Safe Practices in Healthcare During COVID-19 (Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement)

Blog follow up to webinar above: The New Reality of Culturally Safe Practices in Healthcare During COVID-19

“What’s a well-meaning, intelligent and compassionate person working in some fashion in health care to do? I’m so glad you asked…..  First, don’t not start. No matter how much else is going on, it’s important that you don’t put off any longer your first steps towards cultural competency, safety and humility.”

The Impact Of COVID-19 On Indigenous Cultural Continuity (Bob Joseph)

Our Home is Our Camp: Hotıì ts’eeda and FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth) are promoting a joint social media campaign to inform NWT residents on the importance of social distancing in a culturally safe context.

Why we need to talk about the impacts of past epidemics on Indigenous peoples “It is important to recognize and understand that there are people among us who lived through past epidemics or whose families were devastated by them,” said Hotıì ts’eeda Chairperson John B. Zoe. “If we listen to these stories and understand how they affected people, it will help us do a better job of stopping the spread and staying safe.”

Government of Canada –  COVID-19 and Indigenous communities. This set of resources includes:

Videos from Indigenous Services Canada – includes videos like “Procedures for Indigenous People in Urban Settings and Northern Territories” and “Questions from a community perspective with Chief Leroy Denny”


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PAN updates to members


COVID-19 Prevention and updates

HIV and Hepatitis C




Harm Reduction: substances and sex



Indigenous Communities and Cultural Safety


Prison Populations


Mental Health



Economic Response Plans


Funding sustainability for non-profits


Workplace Adaptation


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