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COVID-19 Research

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The Need

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Share the stories of Indigenous Community Members experiences of COVID-19 in Ottawa.

What We Did 

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The Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition, together with Ottawa Public Health and the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research launched a survey on May 19th 2021. The purpose of this research was to gather the stories of Indigenous community members experiences of COVID-19 in Ottawa. The survey was open for two months and 1077 community members participated in the  survey. 

Thank you to all our community members for honouring us with your story

Miigwetch, Qujannamiik, Maarsii, Merci

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Infographics and Reports


Our report includes information about who our community members are, our initial themes, and our priorities for community based on the research. This report was given to community on May 29th, 2023. Check back for section reports coming soon.

Initial Report

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We brought together what we heard from our community highlighting the our community members' experiences through infographics. 

Concerns and Wellbeing
Employment, Education, and Income
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Lost Housing
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Kids and Education
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Social and Family Connections
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Mental Health and Wellbeing
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Covid-19: Testing, Vaccinations & Testing Positive
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Section Reports


Please check back in the next 2-3 months for first year of COVID-19 section reports. 


Section Reports

Concerns and Wellbeing


Mental Health 
and Wellbeing

Education, and 

and Lost Housing

and Family

Kids and 

COVID-19: Testing & 

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Navigating COVID-19 helped us understand that while the majority of Indigenous people live in cities and outside their First Nation, Inuit and Mtis home communities, the experiences of urban Indigenous people is not always considered by government decision-makers. The following urban Indigenous priorities came out of our COVID-19 research project:

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Project Timeline

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What We Did 

One year after COVID-19 in 2021 the OAC did a survey to find out what happened during the first year of the Pandemic for Ottawa Urban Indigenous people.

1000+ Stories

Over 1000 community members shared their stories and experiences of what happened during the first year of COVID-19.

Where We Are Now

We are in the process of going through the data and bring people's experiences together in order to tell the story of what happened during the first year of the pandemic for Ottawa Urban Indigenous people.


We presented the initial themes of the research to the community in September 2023 and will present at the OAC Career Fair on November 30th.

We presented at the Metropolis Social Determinants of Health Conference on October 2nd, 2023.

We presented Inuit-specific data at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Housing Conference on February 7th, 2024. 

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