COVID-19 Pandemic

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Updates From Our Members 
Updated: January 7th, 2022 

Gignul Non-Profit Housing Corporation

  • Office is open, Call (613) 232-0016 to schedule an appointment

  • Hours are 8:30am-5pm

  • Call (613) 232-0016 for maintenance support between 10am to 2pm

  • Reaching out to vulnerable and senior tenants

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Makonsag Aboriginal Head Start

  • Location is open and providing child care services.

  • Tel: 613-724-5844

  • Email: 


Inuuqatigiit Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families

  • Child Care Centre is open

  • Programs are trying to strike a balance of health and well-being during these unusual times of the pandemic.

  • Please contact the program manager/coordinator for information on what health precautions the programs are taking to support the community.

  • Visitors are restricted to appointments only.

  • Many staff are still working from home. 


Minwaashin Lodge

Minwaashin Lodge is now implementing Antigen Rapid Testing on site at our VAW Emergency shelter and at 1155 Lola St. for those who are not vaccinated due to medical reasons or for those who choose not to be vaccinated.


Non-vaccinated: COVID 19/ Antigen Rapid Testing (community testing site) required up to 48 hrs prior to entry.


Upon arrival: Fill in screening tool/temperature recorded/ – Antigen Rapid Testing on site.(necessary for entry).


Medical exemptions: COVID 19/Antigen Rapid Testing (community testing site) required up to 48 hrs prior to entry.


Upon arrival: Fill in screening tool/temperature recorded/ temporary Dr. note accepted pending provincial requirements - Antigen Rapid Testing on site.(necessary for entry).


In the coming weeks Ontario will support implementation of vaccine certificates for Indigenous communities whether they have opted to enter their data into COVax, while maintaining Indigenous data governance, control, access and possession principles.


Inuit Non-Profit Housing Corporation

  • Housing assistance is available

  • Tel: 613-741-1449 

  • Open 8:30am-4:00pm

  • Only seeing tenants by appointment only

  • Not providing any services at this time


Tewegan Housing for Aboriginal Youth

  • House is operational 24/7 - Tel: (613) 233-0672

  • Waitlist for housing

  • Outreach Care Packages are available for alumni and past clients


Kagita Mikam

  • Office is open, hours are Mon-Thurs. 8:00am- 5:00pm Friday - 8:00am- 12:00pm, closed on weekends.

  • Appointment only, due to safety protocols, and clients must wear a mask if coming into the offices.

  • Assisting clients with information and applying for Employment Insurance

  • Job and training opportunities frequently shared on Facebook

  • Telephone: (613) 962-3103

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Odawa Native Friendship Centre

  • The Odawa Native Friendship Centre at Rideau High School remains closed to the public, until further notice

  • Hours are from 9:00am-5:00pm 

  • Please contact your program coordinators directly at 613-722-3811 and enter their extension to reach someone if you are in need of assistance.

  • Foodbank will continue to operate every Wednesday from 11-3pm

  • 510 Rideau: Please note that the hours of operation are M-F, 8 am - 3 pm and meals are twice daily at 8 am & 12 pm.

  • Odawa offers a free legal clinic on the first and last Thursday of each month for those that meet legal aid eligibility. 
    Time: 12 pm - 3 pm


Tungasuvvingat Inuit

  • Tungasuvvingat Inuit (TI) is committed to ensure the health and wellness of our staff and our Inuit community during the COVID-19 pandemic.  As the COVID-19 infection continues to spread and information evolves, TI is strategically managing and planning for several potential outcomes.

  • TI is fully committed to complete all required deliverables for projects, programs, and funding agreements.  However, there are many factors that are impacting our ability to do so:

  • Record-breaking numbers of COVID-19 cases in Ottawa and in Ontario

  • Capacity challenges at testing facilities

  • Online school for the next 2 weeks (at minimum) 

  • Increased number of staff having to isolate

  • In order to ensure the impact of COVID-19 is minimal to the Inuit community and to our staff, TI has implemented the following precautions:

  • Limiting the scope of our programs and services.  We will be eliminating drop-in services for the next couple weeks.  We will still provide some face-to-face services by appointment.  All the programs have already planned to deliver virtual programming.  Our outreach teams will continue doing their work. 

  • Our Food Security program will be providing both virtual gift cards and in-person country food provision

  • Our buildings remain open, however, there will be a limited number of staff in the buildings

  • Our staff will be receiving Pandemic Pay while working in client-facing positions while we are in the modified Step 2 phase

  • We will continue to follow our pandemic response plan and provide pandemic paid leave for staff that meet the eligibility requirement

  • We are grateful for our working relationships and the flexibility that has been displayed throughout this whole pandemic.  We want to share our current realities in hopes for continued patience and flexibility as we navigate through these challenging times.  I hope that everyone had a restful holiday period.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself or the program manager. 


Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

  • Clinic is open Monday - Friday, 9am to 5:30pm via walk in and appointments

  • Mental health professionals are open for one-on-one therapy sessions both in person and over the phone

  • Check the full programming calendar:

  • Providing support and hot meals for seniors. Contact Erin (613) 748-0657 x 304


Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team

  • The Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team (AIFHT) is dedicated to treating members of Ottawa’s Inuit community and is the only one of its kind in the world. It provides testing, treatment, medications and prescriptions for any medical issue.

  • Offering COVID-19 vaccine appointments and COVID-19 tests to Inuit community members, booking number is 613-740-0999.

  • Located: 300-24 Selkirk Street in Ottawa.

  • The contact number: 613-740-0999