By: Mercedes Stemm, Dalhousie BSc in Neuroscience/Indigenous Studies Student, and Indigenous Health in Medicine Assistant
Since the pandemic has started, we have all experienced difficulties in many different ways. Although we don’t have much control over the world around us; we do have control over how we cope. There are many resources out there available, whether that is over video chat, a phone call, or messaging. Furthermore, there are many great resources that focus on Indigenous peoples. We are all in this together, and you’re not alone. Below I will discuss incredible resources given during this time.
Mental Health Resources:
There are many different mental health resources being offered such as hotlines, wellness tips, support groups, webinars, and more.
Canadian Red Cross: COVID-19: Resources for Indigenous Youth
They shared a hotline, wellness tips, and resources for Indigenous youth https://www.redcross.ca/how-we-help/current-emergency-responses/covid-19-–-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-resources-for-indigenous-youth.aspx
Hope for Wellness: First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line and On-line Counselling Service
They offer immediate mental health and crisis intervention to all Indigenous people across Canada.
Toll-Free: 1-855-242-3310 www.hopeforwellness.ca
Assembly of First Nations: Mental Wellness and COVID-19 Tips and Considerations
This article provides an overview of mental health and wellness tips and resources for Indigenous people. https://www.afn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/CoronaVirus_Factsheet__RED_ENG.pdf
Government of Canada: Mental Health Counselling Benefits
The Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program offers mental health counselling benefits for First Nations and Inuit people. They offer up to 22 hours of counselling every 12 months, and additional hours may be provided on a case-by-case basis. https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1576441552462/1576441618847
Listening to One Another Grow Strong: Mental Health Promotion for Indigenous Youth
Their Winter 2020 Newsletter includes links for things to do, read, watch, and learn, which focus on Indigenous peoples. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_omyyuRTAjk9z6_1CH6NOeWFYuWVqR2M/view
Video: COVID-19: You Are Not Alone: Addressing Stress & Anxiety
This video focuses on Indigenous content with strategies and ideas to decrease anxiety. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RncPiAjtbk&fbclid=IwAR1PELGkjwwSFxvJ9hzQTnoVSl7edfr_kh00jPcZtHvzQTLWeNBMF7SRC2A
There are many different supports being offered for Indigenous people. These include financial, social, community supports, and more.
Assembly of First Nations: COVID-19: Social Supports for First Nations Families
This entire article is an overview of different financial resources and supports. https://www.afn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/CoronaVirus_Factsheet__FS_ENG.pdf
Government of Canada: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Indigenous Communities
This website includes many different resources such as how to protect your health and community, financial support, support for businesses, and much more useful information. https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1581964230816/1581964277298
Assembly of First Nations: COVID-19
One of the many roles of the AFN is to facilitate direct communication with First Nations and Governments, and to also share important and helpful information. Their website includes many different supports and resources for Indigenous peoples, including podcasts, fact sheets, statements, and more. https://www.afn.ca/coronavirus/
Indigenous Climate Action: COVID19 Resources for Indigenous Peoples
This article provides many links to different resources and supports for Indigenous people. These topics including but not limited to traditional medicines and holistic practices, community care, entertainment ideas, tackling COVID19, and emergency funds. https://www.indigenousclimateaction.com/post/covid19-resources-for-indigenous-peoples
Indspire: COVID-19 Resources
This website includes a list of resources for students during the pandemic. These include student aid, employment opportunities, and health resources. https://indspire.ca/covid19/
Resources and Supports at Dalhousie University:
Dalhousie University is offering many supports and resources for their students. These include supports such as financial, academic, and personal support.
Money Matters: COVID-19 Financial Resources
Dalhousie compiled a list of financial resources being offered to students. They give tips on budgeting and also offer further financial advising. https://www.dal.ca/admissions/money_matters/covid-19-financial-resources.html
COVID-19 Information and Updates
This website is an overview of many different pages related to COVID-19. These include latest updates, campus services, our new approach, and more. https://www.dal.ca/covid-19-information-and-updates.html
Family & Friends: Support During COVID-19
This page includes different supports while studying at Dalhousie University during a pandemic. https://www.dal.ca/parents-and-families/supporting-your-student/support-during-covid-19.html
Campus Life: Elders in Residence
The Elders in Residence program offers support to Indigenous students throughout their degree. During this time, the Elders in Residence are available for support and advice remotely through their email firstname.lastname@example.org website https://www.dal.ca/campus_life/communities/indigenous.html
Campus Life: Indigenous Student Centre
Although the Indigenous Student Centre is closed until further notice, they are still offering support for Indigenous students. Inquires can be made through email@example.com, their phone number 902-494-8863, or through social media. They are still offering sessions such as podcasts, reading circles, and more. https://www.dal.ca/campus_life/communities/indigenous.html
About Dalhousie University: Indigenous Connection
This page gives a great overview of Indigenous supports at Dalhousie. This includes academics, campus life, research, and news. https://www.dal.ca/about-dal/indigenous-connection.html
To find out more about the Indigenous Health Program we invite you to visit our Indigenous Health Program webpage.