COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

​​​​​​​COVID-19 is a new disease caused by the novel coronavirus. In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.

Breanna-Miller-Mask-Image.jpgWellness Champion Breanna Miller from Chi:yom First Nation (Fraser Salish region) participates in a blanketing ceremony. Photo from Sharalee Prang.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The FNHA is working with provincial and federal partners to actively monitor and respond to the pandemic. We have created these pages to help BC First Nations people and their healthcare providers and community leaders get the information they need to deal with the challenges posed by the pandemic and keep themselves and others safe.

This is not the time to lower our guard against COVID-19. We need to continue to protect each other, especially our Elders and people who are vulnerable, through physical distancing and handwashing. Stay strong and stay the course during this pandemic – however long it takes.​

FNHA V​​ideos 


The Flu Shot and CO​VID-19 (Dr. Shannon McDonald, October 14, 7.17 mins)
The Overall Wellness Impact of COVID-19 (Dr. Nel Wieman, September 11, 3.56 mins)
Mental Health and COVID-19​ (Dr. Nel Wieman, September 11, 44  seconds)
Stay Connected​ (Dr. Nel Wieman, September 4, 30 seconds)
Keep Your Bubble Small (Dr. Shannon McDonald, August 28, 1.31 mins)
An Update on COVID-19 (Dr. Shannon McDonald, August 28, 1.54 mins)
First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day (Dr. Kelsey Louie, May 5, 4.21 mins)
Stay Safe, Stay Strong, Stay Connected (Dr. Evan Adams, April 7, 7.10 mins)
We Have So Many Strengths (Dr. Nel Wieman, April 1, 7.43 mins) 

FNHA Podca​sts

What Does Phase 3 Mean​ for First Nations? (Dr. Shannon McDonald, 7.03 mins)​
Update on FNHA Response​ (FNHA Interim CEO Richard Jock, 12.31 mins)
Act As If You Already Have COVID-19 (Dr. Nel Wieman, 8.35 mins)

Public Health Infor​m​​ation Sources

Information about the pandemic is being distributed in many different channels. Here are some of the most authoritative sources of public health information, on the pandemic generally and for BC First Nations communities specifically. 

For Firs​t Nations

Indigenous Services Canada: Accessing Financial Benefits & Support  
Indigenous Services Canada: COVID-19 & Indigenous Communities 
BC Treatment Centres Accepting FNHA's Per Diem Rate 
Tsow-Tun-Le-Lum: 1-250-268-2463 (Toll-free: 1-888-590-3123)
Indian Residential School Survivors Society: 604-985-4465 (Toll-free: 1-800-721-0066)
FNHA & Your Privacy


BC Government COVID-19 Web Portal
BC Government COVID-19 Ap​p & S​elf-Assessment Tool ​
BCCDC COVID-19 Website
BC Pharmacy Association: Your Pharmacist Can Help 
Government of Canada COVID-19 App & Self-Assessment Tool
Government of Canada Quick Reference Contact Information​
HealthLink BC: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Public Health Agency of Canada COVID-19 info line: 1-833-784-4397​


 Public Health Warning

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, please contact your primary care provider or local public health office or call 8-1-1.

Self-Assessment Tool​