Resources for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Community Members


Last revised:  March 16, 2023

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This webpage 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 Ottawa Public Health 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.



Fact Sheets:

The National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health and the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases

COVID-19: General Information

Fact Sheets:  

Assembly of First Nations  

Government of Canada (available in many Indigenous languages) 

Tungasuvvingat Inuit (English and Inuktitut)  

COVID-19: Testing, Infections & Exposures

Getting a COVID-19 assessment:  

Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team

For Inuit wishing to access COVID-19 assessment and testing, please contact Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 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 


For other testing centres in Ottawa and to book appointment, please visit our COVID-19 testing information web page. 

Ottawa Public Health resources for COVID-19 infections and exposures:  

COVID-19: Vaccines

Making a vaccination appointment 

First Nation, Inuit and Métis community members can visit the Indigenous Vaccination Hub at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health  or any other OPH clinic or participating pharmacy to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. 

Inuit community members can call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 from Monday to Friday, 10:30 am to 4:30 pm to make a vaccine appointment.    

Information, Resources and Videos 

Government of Ontario * These resources are available in multiple Indigenous languages.

National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health 

The National Association of Friendship Centres and the National Indigenous Youth Working Group on Vaccine Uptake 

Ottawa Public Health 

Food, grocery shopping and cooking

City of Ottawa 

First Nations Health Authority (English only) 

Hand Washing

Artwork by Colleen Gray, for download at the Art for Aid Project (21 Indigenous languages)

Ottawa Public Health (English and French) 

Government of Canada (available in Inuktitut, Michif, Mi’kmaq, Ojibwe, Oji-Cree) 

Government of Nunavut (Inuktitut and English) 


Ottawa Public Health  

Tungasuvvingat Inuit

Mental health supports and resources
Please visit the Mental Health and Substance Use Services and Resources Webpage to see all supports and resources available to First Nations, Inuit and Métis community members.  
Parenting and pregnancy resources

School Mental Health Ontario (English and French)  

Thunderbird Partnership Foundation (English only) 

First Peoples Wellness Circle (English only) 

Ottawa Public Health (English and French) 

Physical distancing

Tungasuvvingat Inuit (Inuktitut and English) 

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (Inuktitut and English) 

Ottawa Public Health 


Workplace and business resources

For the latest information and resources on preventing and managing COVID-19 in the workplace, please visit Ottawa Public Health’s  Workplaces and businesses COVID-19 information webpage. 

Working Towards Recovery: Workplace Health and Wellness Guide – Ottawa Public Health has developed a Workplace Health and Wellness guide to help support the mental health and wellness of employers and employees in the workplace.

Resources in Indigenous languages 

Tungasuvvingat Inuit (Inuktitut and English)

Ottawa Public Health

Contact information

Provincial Vaccine Information Line

  • Monday to Friday (holidays excluded) from 8:30 am to 5 pm, Eastern Time
  • 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

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.

How to access help during COVID-19

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

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