Resources for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Community Members

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Kwey, Aniin, Shé:kon, Ainngai, Taanshi,

Welcome to this new web page. It highlights COVID-19 resources for First Nations, Inuit and Métis community members. Some are translations of resources developed by Ottawa Public Health (OPH). Others come from the websites of local, provincial and national Indigenous organizations. Several are available in various Indigenous languages. These resources add to information on the OPH COVID-19 website. 

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) honours the Algonquin Anishinaabeg people, on whose unceded traditional territory the City of Ottawa is located. OPH extends this respect to all First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, their ancestors, their Elders and their valuable past and present contributions to this land.

OPH recognizes the impact and legacy of colonization and ongoing systemic racism on the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, aspires to be a culturally humble and safe organization and is strongly committed to public health actions that promote reconciliation and health equity for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Ottawa. 

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Assessment centres

Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team

For Inuit wishing to access COVID-19 assessment and testing, please contact Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team for an appointment. Services offered in Inuktitut and English.

Open 9:30 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday
24 Selkirk Street, Suite 300
Ottawa, K1L 0A4


COVID-19 Testing Information and Video - Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team (English PDF - 214 KB)

COVID-19 Testing Information and Video - Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team (Inuktitut PDF - 123 KB)

For other testing centres in Ottawa and to book appointment:

Please visit our COVID-19 testing information web page.

General COVID-19 information

Fact Sheets


Websites (General COVID-19 information and resources)

Food, grocery shopping and cooking



Mental health supports and resources

Mental health supports

Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team

  • Mental health support available in Inuktitut and English for Inuit of all ages.
  • Services: Psychotherapy (trauma and addictions), psychology, neuropsychology, psychiatry, MD supports.
  • For more information, please contact us at 613-740-0999 or, or visit us at 24 Selkirk Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, ON, K1L 0A4 on Monday to Friday 10:30 am to 4 pm.

Counselling Connect

  • Includes Indigenous in-person or phone counselling using Indigenous and Western approaches to healing.
  • This service is for children, youth, adults and families in Ottawa and the surrounding area.

Distress Centre Ottawa and region 24/7 (English)

  • Call: 613-238-3311

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line 24/7 (Services & resources available in English, French, Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut)

Kids Help Phone

  • No judgment, totally private, 24/7
  • Visit
  • Call 1-800-668-6868 
  • Text CONNECT to 686868

Mental Health Crisis Line (24 hours a day/7 days a week)

  • Call: 613-722-6914 or if outside Ottawa toll-free at 1-866-996-0991

Native Women's Association of Canada

Talk4Healing - For Indigenous women

  • Call or text: 1-855-554-HEAL/Live Chat
  • Services offered in English, Oji-Cree, Cree, Algonquin, Inuktitut, Mohawk, Oneida, Odawa, Potawatomi, Micmac, Black Foot, Anishinaabe, Moose Cree, Swampy Cree


  • Wabano Mental Wellness Team provides holistic and culturally relevant services to Indigenous individuals and families. 

Mental health resources

Parenting and pregnancy resources


Hand Washing

Fact Sheets  


Resources and fact sheets

Physical distancing




Learn more on how to get vaccinated if you are eligible.


Please see Self-isolation instructions for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) web-page by Ottawa Public Health for information. 


West Nile and Lyme Disease

For information about West Nile Virus:

For information about Lyme Disease: 

Workplace and business resources


COVID-19 Portal Pages

COVID-19 Arabic Portal - Ottawa Public Health

COVID-19 Somali Portal - Ottawa Public Health

COVID-19 Simplified Chinese Portal - Ottawa Public Health

Government of Canada - Awareness Resources

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Awareness resources

  • Languages chosen were based off of 2016 Census results. They are: Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Punjabi, Tagalog, Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, Vietnamese, Korean, Tamil, Hindi, Cree (Plains Cree) and Ojibwe Eastern.

Contact Information

Provincial Vaccine Information Line

  • 7 days a week, from 8 am to 8 pm
  • Call if you have questions about Ontario's COVID-19 vaccination program.
  • Service is available in multiple languages.
  • Telephone: 1-888-999-6488
  • TTY: 1-866-797-0007

Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 Telephone Line

Regular hours:

  • Monday to Friday, from 8:00 am to 4 pm
  • Translation is available in multiple languages
  • Telephone: 613-580-6744 follow the prompts to the COVID-19 telephone line
  • TTY: 613-580-9656

Emergency Services

  • If you are in distress (e.g., significant trouble breathing, chest pain, fainting or have a significant worsening of any chronic disease symptoms), do not go to the Assessment Centre or a COVID-19 Care clinic. Go to the nearest Emergency Department or call 9-1-1.

See someone not respecting COVID-19 rules?

How to access help during COVID-19

  • 211 Ontario can help you find financial and social support during COVID-19
  • Telephone: 2-1-1

Related Information

Other Languages

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