The recommendations and resources listed on our website apply to everyone in the Thunder Bay District Health Unit catchment area. Indigenous people may benefit from accessing additional information from Indigenous organizations that are supporting community members in urban, rural, and remote areas in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Nishnawbe Aski Nation
- Anishinabek Nation
- Ontario Native Women’s Association
- Métis Nation of Ontario
- Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority
We acknowledge the importance of Indigenous ways of knowing, doing, and being in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition to general information on COVID-19 and Mental Health, Indigenous people may be interested in culturally-relevant resources on promoting well-being throughout this difficult time. These are a few of the many resources that have been created by and for Indigenous people in this area.
- Taking Care of your Wellbeing
- Indigenous Well-being in the Times of COVID-19 (PDF)
- Guidelines for being on the land during the pandemic
- Maintaining Your Mental Health While Physical Distancing (PDF)
- Mental Wellness During COVID-19 for Elders and Seniors (PDF)
- Mental Wellness During COVID-19 for Community (PDF)
- Mental Wellness During COVID-19 for Parents and Children (PDF)
First Nation Communities
Some First Nation communities are living under drinking water advisories, which can cause confusion or uncertainty around handwashing. Indigenous Services Canada has provided guidance for those with questions about this.
Indigenous Services Canada has also developed informational videos on the following topics:
- COVID-19: Questions from a community perspective with Chief Leroy Denny
- COVID-19: Self-Isolation in Indigenous Communities
- COVID-19: How Indigenous people can access services and benefits
People residing in areas that are not close to a Thunder Bay or District Assessment Centre are advised to call their local nursing station, band office or the Thunder Bay District Health Unit directly for the latest information about COVID-19 testing.
Resources Translated Into Indigenous Languages
See the topic areas below to find resources that have been translated into different Indigenous Languages