Youth and COVID-19

Indigenous youth in BC are staying well, even during the pandemic. See their videos and read their pages to find out what they are doing to feel connected. 

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Qwuyumaat, Cowichan Tribes​​​​

"Dur​​ing the pande​​mic, I'm finding comfort in creating solid routines. I'm just really doing things that bring...​​​
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Brandon, Haida and Nisga'a First Nations​​​

"I'm keeping well by exercising every day - whether it's a walk in the park or going to the gym. For me, physical...

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Michelle, Talhtan and Tlingit First Nations​​​

"To keep myself well during the pandemic I'm going a little easier on myself. I'm enjoying hobbies that...​​​
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Megan, Haisla First Nation​​​

"For me, staying well during COVID comes with harvesting our traditional foods and medicines...​​​

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Taylor, Fort Nelson First Nation​​​

"I'm staying well during COVID by learning something new like how to bead or perfecting something I'm...​​​
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Marcie, Ojibwe​​​

"When CO​VID started, I was experiencing strong emotions, in the past I would resort to unhealthy...​​​
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​Resources​


Do some virtual c​​rafting

Virtual beading circles are empowering Indigenous youth throughout North America. Why not gather some friends and family and get creative? Learn more in this Vogue magazine article on virtual beadwork circles.

Take the y​​​​oung warrior​ quest!

Want to learn more about managing your feelings and stay calm? Check out the Cuystwi Transformation to Young Warrior Quest.

Find balance with Fou​​ndry

If you're feeling too busy or too sluggish to take good care of yourself these days, why not try Foundry? Foundry is a one-stop-shop for young people to access mental health and substance use services – and whole lot more.

Plan your journey to welln​​ess

Check out the FNHA's Wellness Road Map! Do the self-assessment, identify your strengths and supports and then you'll be ready to take the first steps towards some useful lifestyle changes.​


Get active with ISP​ARC

Did you know that I·SPARC (Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council) offers programs in your region to support and promote healthy active communities through sport, recreation and physical activity?

Watch this and get ​​inspired

Check out the opening ceremonies from the 2020 All-Native Basketball tournament and picture yourself there. The tournament will be back before we know it!


Ask Aunt​​ie!

Ask Auntie is an online wellness journey for people who identify as girls and who want to learn more about an Indigenous perspective on health, relationships, culture and what it means to be a strong Indigenous girl.

Support is availa​​ble!

Even though we need to keep our physical distance during COVID-19, we don't need to be alone on our journeys. There are services, apps and practices that provide help and healing during these uncertain times. Learn more from the FNHA fact sheet Mental Health and Wellness Resources for Youth.

Take this q​​​uiz!

It's not always easy to know when our mental health is at risk Sometimes we're the last ones to notice there are more bad days than good. Taking this quiz can point you towards steps you can take to start feeling better.

Watch a We Matter vide​​o (or make your own)

Hear what your peers have to say about getting through tough times. Check out some We Matter videos or download the Indigenous Youth Toolkit and make your own!


Learn your traditional language​​ online

There are more than 50 languages available at the First Voices website. Or you could use the First Voices app on your smartphone.

Try a virtual ​​smudge

Experience a virtual smudge provided by George Jeffery.

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Bring your friends t​​​ogether

Do you have an idea for an activity or project that will connect youth or students? Receive a grant of up to $500 for projects that connect people socially or involve sharing skills or talents with each other. Learn more on the Neighbourhood Small Grants website.

Beco​​me a leader

Skill development and education (whether it's traditional or contemporary) allow us to grow as individuals and become leaders in our communities. Check out this FNHA news article about First Nations education and ways to find funding for going to school or finding a cool job!

Start your own small business!

Do you have a skill or an idea that you could turn into a business? Then check out the BC 3C Challenge. Understand how to connect community, culture and commerce – the 3 Cs! A mentor and $1,000 in investment funds will be there to support you.

Staying Well and Connected

The COVID-19 pandemic has really changed the way we live. Just being in a global health crisis is stressful. Keeping active, pursuing hobbies, even hanging out with friends – they're all complicated when you have to follow rules about social bubbles and physical distancing. But despite these challenges, youth are finding ways to enjoy life and stay mentally and emotionally healthy. 

Below are profiles of several Indigenous youth who are working to stay connected – to their friends, their communities, and their culture. See their pages for personal messages and videos about staying well during the pandemic.​

Video Playlist

Messages from Yo​uth about Staying Well Youth​ (Full Playlist on YouTube) ​

​Resources Master List

Annual All-Native Basketball Tournament 2020 Opening Ceremonies
Ask Auntie Journey
BC 3C Challenge: Entrepreneurial Training for Indigenous Youth
Bounce Back Youth Quiz
Explore Languages (First Voices)
Foundry ​
Good Medicine article on financial assistance for students 
ISPARC (Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council)
Mental Health and Wellness Resources for Youth
Neighbourhood Small Grants
Planning Your Journey to Wellness: A Road Map
Transformation to Young Warrior (Indigenous Youth Wellness)
Virtual Smudge (with George Jeffery) (requires login to Facebook)
Vogue magazine artilce on how virtual beading circles are empowering Indigenous women 
We Matter Campaign and Toolkit for​ Indigenous Youth​