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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 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.


Cold or Allergies:
Itchy eyes
Stuffy nose

Flu or coronavirus:
Body Aches
Worsening symptoms

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: This is Not a Snow Day [Asaf Bitton, Medium]

  • 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


  • Kids Help Phone

  • 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


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

  • Medicinal Plant Guide

  • How to Make Cedar Tea from Scratch

  • List of Things to Do to Stay Well During COVID19

  • 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!






  • 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

  • Nanaboozhoo and the Wiindigo: An Ojibwe History from Colonization to Present


  • 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!