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Glimmers of hope during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Our Collective Story

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the strength and importance of our relationships – to self, family, community and mother earth in a time of crisis. In times of fear and uncertainty, we banded together to protect and support one another. COVID-19 offered important opportunities of reflection and innovation in our circle. The strength, resilience and hopefulness in our community continues to be the foundation to our collective story. 

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In December 2021 the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition assembled a booklet honouring the helpers in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wellness bundles were also prepared then distributed to over 400 staff, Elders, Knowledge Teachers and Senators.

Honouring our Helpers

Wabano Vaccine Clinics - February 15, 2021 to December 1, 2021

1ST Dose

Age 5-11

2nd Dose

Booster

Total Doses

St Laurent Complex

9,867

1,427

Rideau HS

1318

9,935

11,253

Tungasuvvingat Inuit

176

437

Vanier Richelieu

1000

212

132

344

Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

1,049

119

365

1,533

TOTALS

12,410

212

11,742

497

24,861

In 2021 Wabano did a number of clinics across Ottawa including two pop-up clinics at the main office of Tungasuvvingat Inuit (TI) on April 15th and 17th. We thank Wabano for their commitment to Indigenous community health. The Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition would also like to acknowledge the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team for the close to 10,000 vaccines that they did for the Indigenous community.

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Glimmers of Hope

We received photos from our member organizations and gathered community members responses from the OAC COVID-19 Research Survey as a reminder of the strength and resiliency that is rooted in our community.

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Community Members Responses
OAC COVID-19 Research Survey 

Photos from OAC Member Organizations

COVID-19 Keeping Your Spirits Up Contest

The Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition hosted a social media campaign in 2020 asking community members "How do you keep your spirits up during COVID-19? ". Submissions could be through music, video, art, poetry or a picture along with a written piece. Thank you to everyone who participated!

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Each photo links to a community members submission, click to learn more