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COVID19 Resources for Indigenous Peoples

Updated: Apr 16




















Art by Isaac Murdoch Last update: April 16


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 lindsey@indigenousclimateaction.com


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.


HEALTH PROTOCOLS


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. 


SOCIAL DISTANCING


MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT



TRADITIONAL MEDICINES AND HOLISTIC PRACTICES

  • What to Forage in Spring: 20 Edible and Medicinal Plants and Fungi

  • Medicinal Plant Guide

  • How to Make Cedar Tea from Scratch

  • How to can dried foods to last 20-30 years

  • Wild Kitchen

  • 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


COMMUNITY CARE


ENTERTAINMENT FOR CHILDREN


ENTERTAINMENT FOR TEENS AND ADULTS


LEARNING


MAINTAINING COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS


TACKLING COVID19


COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AND ACTIVISM


EMERGENCY FUNDS

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