COVID19 Resources for Indigenous Peoples
Updated: 2 days ago
Art by Isaac Murdoch
Hello relatives! During this difficult time, we wanted to put together some links for Indigenous folks north of the medicine line, specifically. We hope that you’re all staying safe; we will get through this like we always have. If you have any other COVID-19 resources that would be good for Indigenous folks to have access to, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
This page will also be updated with resources as they come out. Hai hai/mussi cho/miigwech to our relatives over at the 4Rs Youth Movement Team - Dani, Lace, Ron & Jess for sharing their resources with us.
In case you missed it, Indigenous Climate Action and Idle No More hosted a webinar on Covid19 and Indigenous communities. You can watch it here. Indigenous Rising Media (part of Indigenous Environmental Network, based south of the medicine line) also hosted a webinar on Indian Country and COVID19, which you can view here.
Symptoms Cold or Allergies: Itchy eyes Stuffy nose Sneezing Flu or coronavirus: Fever Fatigue Body Aches Cough Worsening symptoms Coronavirus: Shortness of breath History of travel Exposure to a confirmed person Sudden loss of deadliness
Please call TeleHealth before visiting a doctor or the emergency room: Toll-free throughout Alberta: 1-866-408-LINK (4565); Edmonton: 780-408-LINK (4565); Calgary: 403-943-LINK (4565) Toll-free throughout Manitoba: 1-888-315-9257 Winnipeg: 788-8200 New Brunswick, Quebec, BC, Nova Scotia: 811 Ontario: 1-866-797-0000 Saskatchewan: 1-877-800-0002
Use the SKODEN Protocol (from 4Rs Youth Movement): If you are displaying symptoms of coronavirus, check-in on the SKODEN protocol: S - Severe symptoms, go to the doctor; K - know the precautions; O - Obey social distancing; D - Don’t touch your face; E - Every time wash your hands for 20+ seconds; N - Nose and mouth should be covered if coughing.
The Dos and Don’ts of ‘Social Distancing’
How to "flatten the curve"
Slowing The Spread Of Coronavirus Is Easier Than You Think: Just Stay Home [Buzzfeed]
Cancel Everything - social distancing is the only way to stop the coronavirus
When Social Distancing is a Matter of Life and Death
In an era of isolation its essential we maintain social connections
The Laid-Back Person’s Guide to Navigating the Coronavirus
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
Get outdoors, connect with the land and stay active #landback
Open windows and blinds when possible to let some fresh air and sunlight in!
Limit screen time (especially social media)
Practice your songs! Creator doesn’t care what you sound like ;)
Try a meditation practice like this one from Lizzo or relax to the voice of Tina Turner
Try to declutter your space! Use this time at home to make your living space your sanctuary. Starting with smaller and tangible tasks can make this easier - like bringing dirty dishes to your kitchen, or folding that mountain of laundry.
Try to stay away from movies or shows that are dystopian or apocalyptic if you’re holding anxieties over everything happening right now
Join an online AA meeting during COVID-19 social distancing
COVID-19: You Are Not Alone: Addressing Stress & Anxiety video (Indigenous content)
A Brain Hack to Break the Coronavirus Anxiety Cycle
Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health
Care for your Corona Virus Anxiety
Getting Emotionally Organized in a Crisis
TRADITIONAL MEDICINES AND HOLISTIC PRACTICES
How to can dried foods to last 20-30 years
Recommendations for boosting your immune system
COVID19 Micronutirent recommendations
Try to eat a rainbow of fruits and veggies rich in Vitamin A & C, including traditional foods and medicines if you have access
Vitamin C - promotes strong enzymes on the surface of your skin, also found in your white blood cells (broccoli, kale, sweet potatoes, carrots)
Vitamin A - crucial for barrier function protection including skin, gut, mucous protection (orange and yellow veggies, eggs, dark leafy greens)
Zinc - recognition of the virus and signalling to the cells something is wrong (shellfish, oysters, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas, oatmeal, leafy greens)
Mushrooms have TONS of immune-stimulating properties
Garlic - reduces risk of being sick, shortens duration and severity
Onion - packed with immune-boosting nutrients including Vit C, super anti-viral and a natural source of Zinc
Turmeric - stimulates immune system cells
Ginger - magnesium, iron, kills cold viruses, supports the body through a fever, effective in reducing the impact of respiratory viruses
Elderberry blocks viral proteins and has been shown to be quite effective with flu viruses
Astragalus increases white blood cells and is good for upper respiratory infections. Very good brewed as a tea.
IMPORTANT: Check with Elders, plant knowledge holders etc. about the impacts of taking traditional medicines and herbs along with prescription medication, and with certain conditions like diabetes. Also be mindful of allergies!
MAKING A CLEAN SPACE
Ask hunters to support community members, especially Elders, disabled folks, low income and other vulnerable families.
ENTERTAINMENT FOR CHILDREN
Virtual field trips list
PBS Space Time
Scholastic offering free online courses for Kids
Giant List of Ideas for Being at Home with Kids
APTN Kids: shows for Indigenous children
ENTERTAINMENT FOR TEENS AND ADULTS
List of decolonial/futures/BIPOC storytelling podcasts from 4Rs
Netflix Party lets you watch and chat about shows with friends, even when isolating
Moog and Korg make synth apps free to help musicians stuck at home
Indigenous Spotify playlist by Nadya Kwandibens
COVID-19 Quarantine Party Playlist
'Together At Home': John Legend, top artists live streaming free concerts from homes
Online Music Festival and Events Calendar
Rock out to this track F*@ck the Corona
YMCA Workouts anytime, anywhere
Sign up for APTN Lumi (APTN’s online streaming service) - 4.99/month or you can get a free trial
Start an online book club
Beautiful Trouble - A toolbox for revolution
POC Online Classroom
Take an online MOOC with Coursera
Anti-Racist Training Program for justice activists
Webinars hosted by Unite2030
Resilient - 21 day practice for changemakers
Professional Development Webinars with Tamarack Institute
The Epic Hero Life Mastery Program
12 famous museums offer virtual tours you can take on your couch
Learn or strengthen a language!
Join A7G for the weekly Anishinaabemowin classes!
Join this discussion group: Global Activation of Intention and Action
MAINTAINING COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Register for 'Get Out Alive, Together!' disaster preparedness class focused on marginalized folks
Women-Led Virtual Work technologies
Animal Shelter Encourages Fostering a Pet During Coronavirus Pandemic
Online AA Meetings During COVID-19
Join a COVID-19 Community Response Network or Start your Own!
Join A7G for their Friday night gatherings
Volunteer with Kids Help Phone
Donate blood - there are serious shortages right now!
COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AND ACTIVISM
On rushing towards the apocalypse - a conversation on the possibilities of this moment
Distant but Together: Activism in the Time of COVID-19
Complexity in the time of COVID-19
Additional resources for facing Corona Virus [adrienne maree Brown]
HOLY SH*T! 7 things to do instead of hoarding toilet paper
Collective Care Is Our Best Weapon against COVID-19
Please Stop Treating Me Like I’m Disposable When You Talk About The Coronavirus
No Soap, Little Water, and No Way Out: Refugee Camps Brace for Coronavirus
Why don't we treat the climate crisis with the same urgency as the coronavirus
Naomi Klein: Coronavirus Is the Perfect Disaster for Disaster Capitalism
Eight Emerging Lessons: From Coronavirus to Climate Action
Forest loss drives corona as well as climate change