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OAC Research Project




Thank you.

Ottawa Indigenous Community Members' Experiences of COVID-19

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The Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition and Ottawa Public Health appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey. We understand that answering this survey may have brought up emotions and feelings that you will need time to process. We have created this webpage to provide you with access to a list of supports.
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Resources from Our Members

It is important during this time of COVID-19 to continue to utilize as many self-care options as possible. Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition member organizations have various activities listed on their websites and we encourage you to visit the websites through these links:
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Links to Resources

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We also encourage you to utilize any of the following self-care options:
  • Smudging

  • Lay tobacco

  • Singing and/or drumming

  • Reach out to a friend or Elder

  • Beading, Quilting, Sewing or other hobbies

  • Plan a healthy meal

  • Meditation

  • Listening to music

  • Journaling

  • Go for a walk in the forest or park

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Supports Directly Provided Through This Research

Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition – Research Committee – A mental health support worker is available by phone for rebalancing and referrals. Please leave a message at 343-574-9996 and someone from the research team will get back to you.

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Additional Supports

Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team
Mental Health support available in Inuktitut and English for Inuit of all ages
(613) 740-0999

Counselling Connect

Counselling Connect provides quick access to a free phone or video counselling session, available in English and French.

Métis Nation of Ontario’s Healing and Wellness Branch
Facilitates and coordinates programs, services, and activities to address the holistic needs of Métis people in Ontario at the provincial, regional, and local levels.

Telephone Support Lines - 24 hours per day/7 days per week

For everyone

  1. First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line 24/7 (Bilingual, Other) 1-855-242-3310
    Telephone counselling services available in Cree, Ojibway, Inuktitut, English, and French.

  2. The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is proud to offer a 24-hour Mental Health and Addictions (MHA) Crisis Line. For culturally specific mental health and addiction supports for adults, youth, and families in Ontario (available in English and French) please call: 1-877-767-7572. 

  3. Distress Centre of Ottawa (24 hours a day/7 days a week) 613-238-3311 Help line providing emotional support and encouragement, crisis management and intervention, suicide risk assessment and prevention, and community resource/referral information.

  4. The Mental Health Crisis Line (24 hours a day/7 days a week) 613-722-6914Compassionate and caring crisis support.


For Women only

  1. Talk4Healing  (24 hours a day/7days a week) 1-855-554-HEAL(4325)
    Culturally grounded, fully confidential line for Indigenous women. Available in 14 languages across Ontario.


Telephone Support Lines - Other 

  1. Ontario Online & Text Crisis Services
    Chat 2:00 pm to 2:00 am and text 2:00 pm to 2:00 am at #258258



  1. Trans Lifeline 1-877-330-6366
    Non-profit hotline run by transgender people, for transgender people.

  2. LGBTTQQ2SI Youth Line 647-694-4275
    Confidential, non-judgemental & informed LGBTTQQ2SI peer support.  There is a live chat option on the webpage.

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