COVID-19 Resources Page
Our COVID-19 resource page contains links to key information about COVID-19 that you can use. This resource page will be updated with new information as it becomes available. Please come back and check for new resources. If you know of a new resource, please send a link to email@example.com and we will gladly add it for the benefit of all Inuit women.
1. Health and Safety Information
What is COVID-19?
Canadian COVID Tracker
What are the symptoms? How does it spread? What can I do to protect myself and others?
Public Health Agency of Canada
Questions and Answers – World Health Organization
What to do if you are sick
Indigenous-specific COVID-19 information
How can I get tested and what should I expect?
Scroll down for information by province.
2. Support for People Facing Unemployment and/or Reduced Income
3. Support for Businesses
4. Shelters in Inuit Nunangat
5. Access to Food Supports in Urban Centres
Find a Food Bank
The NAFC represents 107 Friendship Centres and Provincial/Territorial Associations across Canada which provide culturally appropriate services for Indigenous people living in urban centres. Some Friendship Centres operate food banks/cupboards, or related supports, and there is a database on the NAFC website which allows a geographic search of Friendship Centres in a given area.
(See website: https://www.nafc.ca/)
TI is an Inuit-specific, provincial service provider that provides social support, cultural activities, counselling and crisis intervention as a one-stop resource centre to meet the rapidly growing, complex and evolving needs of Inuit in Ontario. TI operates a food bank in partnership with the Ottawa Food Bank, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. (See website: https://www.tungasuvvingatinuit.ca/)
BCC is a non-profit organization which provides funding support for breakfast programs as a way to promote food security among school-age children, and to foster improved academic success. BCC is issuing special grants for community organizations, including in Indigenous communities, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (See website:https://www.breakfastclubcanada.org/covid-special-grant-application/)
President’s Choice Children’s Charity school grants provide funding to deliver nutritious food as well as funding up to $10,000 annually for food-based education programs including cooking classes, farm tours, dietitian services, or equipment like green houses, growing towers, and composting systems. (See website:https://www.pcchildrenscharity.ca/grants-for-school-nutrition/)
CFTC is a non-profit organization which focuses on projects supporting children in community-led approaches that focus on food security, capacity building, and education.
(See website: https://canadianfeedthechildren.ca/)
CFCC is a non-profit organization which provides ideas, resources and helps partner organizations across Canada so they can establish responsive, financially stable Community Food Centres. These centres work to bring people together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food. CFCC also provides a Good Food Access Fund to help provide emergency relief for the most vulnerable populations, including children, single parents, Indigenous peoples, seniors, and those on disability supports. (See following websites: https://cfccanada.ca/ and https://goodfoodorganizations.ca/)
The FNHA in British Columbia has developed “Planning for Food Security – A Toolkit for the COVID-19 Pandemic”. This resource includes ideas, templates, tools and information to support short, medium and long term planning.
The Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan provides a range of economic supports for individuals, businesses and sectors. Indigenous Peoples are eligible for these supports.
The COVID-19 Economic Response Plan provides $305 million a new, distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund to address immediate needs in First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. This funding is also providing support to regional, urban and off-reserve Indigenous organizations.
Funds can be used for a wide range of measures, including measures to address food insecurity.
(See following websites: https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1585189335380/1585189357198 andhttps://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1584819394157/1584819418553#b)
This funding provides up to an extra $300 per child through the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) for 2019-20. This benefit will be delivered as part of the scheduled CCB payment in May 2020. Those who already receive the CCB do not need to re-apply.
To address growing concerns about food security and affordability related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this funding provides an additional $25 million to Nutrition North Canada to extend the list of perishable and non-perishable items subsidized when shipped by air to all 116 Nutrition North Canada eligible communities from now until March 31, 2021.
The Harvesters Support Grant promotes access to traditional foods by reducing the high costs associated with hunting and harvesting. It provides $40 million over 5 years, and $8 million per year ongoing, to Indigenous governments and organizations representing eligible Nutrition North Canada communities.
Healthy Eating Tools, Information and Resources
Dietitians of Canada
The Dietitians of Canada website provides advice related to COVID-19 on nutrition, supporting immune system, nutrition during self-isolation and breastfeeding, among other topics.
Government of Canada
Through the Food and Nutrition webpage, can link to a broad range of reliable information, including on:
- Canada’s Food Guide, including advice and tips on healthy food choices, healthy eating habits, and many recipes. (Web link: https://food-guide.canada.ca/)
- COVID-19 and Food Safety, including safe food practices and shopping. Note, scientists and food safety authorities around the world are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19. There are currently no reported cases of the virus being spread through food.
6. Mental Health Resources and Chatlines
Crisis and Mental Health Hotlines
Anxiety Chat Line
COVID-19 Nunavut Hotline
975-8601 or 1-888-975-8601 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Helping Another Cope
‘Let’s Talk’ Bell Mental Health Resources
7. Substance Use Resources
8. Urban Housing and Homelessness Support
Pauktuutit’s Urban Resource Guide for Inuit Women: