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 email@example.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.
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.
Home is Camp (treat your home in town as if it were your camp). Graphics created by Dene artist Melaw Nakehk’o under advice from cultural advisors and discussion with FOXY (Fostering Open Expression in Youth) and Hotıì ts'eedastaff. Available in all NWT Indigenous languages, along with French and English.
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
TRADITIONAL MEDICINES AND HOLISTIC PRACTICES
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
ENTERTAINMENT FOR TEENS AND ADULTS
Netflix Party lets you watch and chat about shows with friends, even when isolating
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