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these resources generally direct users to frequently updated sites, rather than single pages that can go quickly out of date.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

First Nations Health Authority COVID-19 Video LIbrary
Scroll the FNHA video library for information on all things COVID-19: covid immunity, pregnancy, vaccines for adults and kids, and so much more. Over 60 videos to learn from.

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.

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


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).


Vaccine hesitancy and First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations
January 2021: This webinar 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.


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.”


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)


The Impact Of COVID-19 On Indigenous Cultural Continuity
August 2020: Bob Joseph writes, “The limitation on the size of gatherings is having a real impact on Indigenous communities as that restricts them from carrying out their cultural activities and ceremonies. Depending on how long it takes to develop and deliver a vaccine, the limitation on gatherings is going to have a long term impact on the continuity of culture.”


Why we need to talk about the impacts of past epidemics on Indigenous peoples
May 2020: “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 information on COVID-19 in Indigenous communities, vaccination information, financial supports available, and more.


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COVID-19 Prevention and vaccine updates

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Reviewed/updated November 10, 2021