COVID-19 Support Resources

Financial Supports and Emergency Resources (Canada-wide)

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), support for workers:
Benefits fact sheet: CERB, Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), GST/HST Credit, Canada Child Benefit (CCB)

Canadian Government Financial Support and Information, support for:
– Individuals and families
Economic Response Plan: one-page summary of resources

COVID-19: First Nations Community Guide on Accessing Additional Supports (Government of Canada)
– How to submit a request for support
– How to access personal protective equipment (PPE)
– Template to request funding under COVID-19

Financial Supports and Emergency Resources (BC-wide)

Food and COVID-19 – Online Resources for Indigenous Communities (Indigenous Services Canada)
A list of food related resources which are targeted at or are relevant to Indigenous communities.

Download the BC COVID-19 App

Resources for All BC First Nation Individuals (First Nations Public Service Secretariat)
– Resources and benefits available directly from the federal or provincial governments and organizations
– You are eligible to apply regardless of if you have Status, and whether you live and/or work on or off reserve

Financial Supports in Response to COVID-19 (Government of British Columbia)
– Renters, Homeowners and People Experiencing Homelessness
– BC Student Loans
– Monthly Bills (BC Hydro, ICBC)
– Visit link to view a complete list of the supports available

The BC Business COVID-19 Support Service (Small Business BC)
A dedicated help service with phone, email and live chat for any businesses to get their COVID-19 questions answered.

Small Business Marketplace (Small Business BC)
A place for small businesses across B.C. to list their businesses and products.

COVID-19 webinars (Small Business BC)
A series of webinars created by industry experts to help businesses navigate COVID-19.
Getting Online with Shopify
– Workplace Health and Safety with WorkSafeBC

COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information (Government of British Columbia)
– Essential Information
– Check Symptoms Online

COVID-19: Resources, prevention, updates & more (BC Alliance for Arts + Culture)
– General Arts and Non-Profit Resources
– Resources for Artists

General Information and Health Resources

Provincial Health Officer Letter to Social Sector (March 18, 2020)
– Preventing COVID-19
– Advice on: Continuity of Service; Persons at Higher Risk; Wearing Masks; Self-Isolation; Respiratory Symptoms; Cleaning and Disinfecting
– COVID-19 Resources for BC Public Agencies

National Association of Friendship Centres Resource List
– General resources for Friendship Centres
– Resources and information by province

First Nations Health Authority
A Guide to COVID-19: Caring for yourself and your loved ones
FNHA Services Away From Home: inventory of FNHA-related services that could help support the urban and away from home population
Virtual Doctor of the Day: virtual appointments for BC First Nations members with limited or no access to their own doctors or nurse practitioners.
COVID-19 Web Portal

A First Nations Health Managers Association Weekly Virtual Town Hall, information session and Q+A:
– Every Thursday at 1:00pm EDT
– Questions taken by email and answered live during weekly broadcast with various speakers
– Email with your questions

Canadian Red Cross
Home Health and Home Supports: actions you can take before, after, and during work to support health and safety
Q&A: What substances will kill COVID-19 on surfaces, plastic, fruit and vegetables, laundry? How long is it contagious?
Key considerations in providing direct service delivery during COVID-19 pandemic

Mental Health and Wellness Support Resources

Virtual Mental Health Supports
BounceBack: online coaching to help adults and youth 15+ improve their mental wellness
Foundry BC: health and wellness resources, online services and supports for young people ages 12-24
COVID-19 Psychological Support Service: online psychological support service for health-care workers
Here2Talk: single-session mental health counselling by app, phone or online chat (available 24/7)

A number of treatment facilities across BC are currently offering emotional and cultural supports online and over the phone.
These services are free and are available to all Indigenous people in BC:
– Carrier Sekani Family Services Call: 250-567-2900 and ask for an ARP Team
– Kackaamin Family Development Centre Call: 250-723-7789 or Toll-free: 1-833-205-6946
– Namgis Treatment Centre Call: 250-974-8015
– Nenqayni Wellness Centre Call: 250-989-0301
– North Wind Wellness Centre Call: 250-843-6977 or Toll-free: 1-888-698-4333
– Telmexw Awtexw (Sts’ailes First Nations) Call: 604-796-9829
– Tsow Tun Le Lum Call: 250-268-2463 or Toll-free: 1-888-590-3123
– Wilp Si’Satxw Healing Centre Call: 778-202-0162 or 778-202-1349

Alcoholics Anonymous Online Intergroup
– AA Canada Meetings: Wednesdsay, Friday and Sunday at 8PM EST (Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 976 676 883)
– Find more meetings to join by phone or Zoom

Connecting online during physical distancing
– Participate in live streamed classes and events
– Explore Indigenous film and media, motivational speakers, musicians and entertainers, authors, and podcasts
– Watch live streamed musical performances
– Virtually tour museums and galleries