OAC Research Project
Ottawa Indigenous Community Members' Experiences of COVID-19
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.
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:
We also encourage you to utilize any of the following self-care options:
Reach out to a friend or Elder
Beading, Quilting, Sewing or other hobbies
Plan a healthy meal
Listening to music
Go for a walk in the forest or park
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.
Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team
Mental Health support available in Inuktitut and English for Inuit of all ages
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
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.
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.
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.
The Mental Health Crisis Line (24 hours a day/7 days a week) 613-722-6914Compassionate and caring crisis support.
For Women only
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
Ontario Online & Text Crisis Services
Chat 2:00 pm to 2:00 am and text 2:00 pm to 2:00 am at #258258