Information and Resources for Indigenous Individuals and Families on COVID-19

CLBC acknowledges the unique life changing adjustments that First Nations, Metis and Inuit people are making in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Interruptions and changes to the way you normally receive support, whether CLBC funded services or urban Indigenous Agency programs, will continue to change over time.  CLBC facilitators continue to be available to families and individuals over the phone or by email, and CLBC’s offices are open. Where agencies are in place to provide supports, service providers are having conversations with their points of contact in First Nations communities to make arrangements as safety allows and is consented to.

The information and resources below have been compiled to share with Indigenous individuals and families we support. To request a resource be added to this page, please send an email to CLBCInfo@gov.bc.ca.

BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society

The BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS) works to advance the unique disability and health priorities of Indigenous persons through collaboration, consultation, and the delivery of comprehensive client services.

Visit their COVID-19 page for B.C. here for links to resources and organizations.

BC Centre for Disease Control information for Indigenous Communities

Visit the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)’s website here to find resources for Indigenous communities to support planning during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes information about: intergovernmental cooperation, community involvement, employee health and financial planning.

First Nations Health Authority

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is working with provincial and federal partners to actively monitor and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit their COVID-19 web portal here to find information to help First Nations in B.C. and their health care providers and community leaders keep themselves and others safe.

First Nations Leadership Council

Visit the First Nations Leadership Council’s COVID-19 resource site here to find accurate and timely information for all B.C. First Nations, including how to access financial support, health resources, and the latest news on COVID-19.

The First Nations Leadership Council is comprised of the political executives of the BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit, and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

Métis Nation British Columbia

Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) has created a webpage here with information about their response to COVID-19. On this page you can find their weekly newsletter, advisories and emergency updates, information about Metis Financial Corporation Business Support Program and more.

Social Distance Powwow

In an effort to bring powwows into everyone’s homes during a time when gather together is not possible, the Social Distance Powwow is an online space to showcase dancers, singers, music, regalia and crafts from across North America, including live streamed performances.

Visit their Facebook group here, which is open for anyone to join, and you can also read a Global News story here.

Public Health Association of BC

The Public Health Association of BC (PHABC) includes regular COVID-19 updates on their homepage here, including a list of phone and online contacts that can provide information and support.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)’s COVID-19 webpage includes sections on coping with stress and anxiety, quarantine and isolation, stigma and prejudice, as well as answers to frequently asked questions.

Canadian Mental Health Association

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)’s page on family and caregiver support provides guidance for those supporting a loved one who is coping with mental illness or mental health challenges.