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these resources generally direct users to frequently updated sites, rather than single pages that can go quickly out of date.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.  


First Nations Health Authority COVID-19 Information Portal
Resources for Indigenous People and Communities- COVID-19 Vaccination Promotion (BC CDC)
Posters, fact sheets, videos, Shareable social media graphics, and more.


Healing in pandemic times: Indigenous peoples, stigma, and COVID-19
Indigenous Health, Northern Health, and the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH) present this short animated video addressing the ongoing issue of stigmatization experienced by Indigenous Peoples in the health care system.

Supporting Vaccine Confidence in Indigenous People
If you haven’t seen these, they are a series of fact sheet series supporting vaccine confidence amongst First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples and communities from the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH) in collaboration with the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID).


On-demand: Vaccine hesitancy and First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations


(January 2021) In this on-demand webinar, Dr. Sarah Funnell, an Associate Medical Officer of Health with Ottawa Public Health, discusses some of the specific challenges for vaccine uptake amongst First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations, including their negative historic and contemporary experiences with mainstream healthcare systems, health care professionals, and vaccine providers in Canada.


(April 2020) Dr. Evan Adams Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), discusses the public health issues of COVID-19.  Watch


National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health COVID-19 Resource Library


The Medicine of Resilience
(August 2020) From First Nations Health Authority: 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.


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.”  (2020)


Mental Health and Wellness from First Nations Health Authority


(March 2020) 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 (2020)


Practising Cultural Safety and Humility in the response to COVID-19, BC College of Family Physicians (2020)

Thinking About Cultural Safety During COVID-19, Northern Health, (2020)

Blog follow up to webinar above: The New Reality of Culturally Safe Practices in Healthcare During COVID-19, June 2020

“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 (August 2020)


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. (Spring 2020)


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.” (Spring 2020)


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” (Spring 2020)


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Reviewed/updated May 2021