The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious health issue affecting people and communities worldwide. It is a particular threat to remote communities, which have limited medical facilities and resources. We all need to work together to protect each other, especially our Elders and vulnerable community members.
This page provides a summary of important resources for coastal communities, including the latest stats and information, tips for maintaining health, and employment and other resources for those affected financially. The page will be updated as this crisis evolves.
We all have a role to play during this crisis. Please continue the following essential practices:
- Maintain physical distancing – 2 metres or 6 feet away from others
- Stay at home – except for essential trips for food or medicine
- Ensure frequent handwashing – critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19
Latest Updates on COVID-19
For updates on the virus across the country, including travel advisories and details on prevention, risks and how to treat symptoms, visit Canada’s COVID-19 webpage.
For specific information for British Columbia residents, including child care and school updates, visit BC’s COVID-19 webpage.
According to the Canadian Public Health Agency, symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19.
- Difficulty Breathing
If you feel sick, the BC Centre for Disease Control advises the following:
- If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.
- Use the online self-assessment tool to see if you need testing.
- Call 8-1-1 anytime to speak to a nurse at HealthLinkBC for advice. (Note: they are experiencing a high volume of calls.)
- If you are sick you need to stay home. Contact your local health care provider.
For specific information and resources for Indigenous communities, visit the First Nations Health Authority’s COVID-19 webpage.
Employment Resources and Essential Services
If you have to take time off work due to COVID-19, there are resources available to help:
- Visit this BC Government webpage for information on taking unexpected time off work.
- Visit WorkSafe BC for information about COVID-19 and the workplace.
Learn about financial benefits and support available during COVID-19:
- Financial support and services from the BC Government.
- Financial support and services from the Federal Government.
Click here for a list of essential businesses and services that remain open or available.
Mental Health Resources
Remember to check in on one another! Stay in touch with your friends, loved ones and Elders by phone, Facebook, Facetime or any other method that maintains physical distancing. As long as you stay 2 metres away from others, you can still get out on the land and waters. Many are using this time to stock up on traditional medicines or ground themselves through ceremony.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing depression, anxiety or other mental health issues during COVID-19, please know that resources are available.
- Suicide crisis phone line: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
- KUU-US Crisis Line Society – 1-800-588-8717
- BC Crisis Centre – 310-6789
- First Nations Health Directors Association resource – Head to Heart: Staying Well and Balanced Together
- First Nations Health Authority resource – Staying Connected During the Pandemic
Resources for Indigenous Communities