COVID-19: Response & Resilience

The Ktunaxa Nation Council is working closely with other local and regional governments to access and distribute information about COVID-19, so that we can coordinate our responses.

KNC closure to extend until June 10–earliest opening.

AGA has been cancelled.

KNC closure to extend through May 1.

KNC closure now to extend through April 17.

About the KNC government building closure.

Current Support Summary

Download this regularly updated summary of available Federal and Provincial supports, including everything from CERB to GST credits, mortgage supports, and more.
Most recent update: May 15th, 2020

Also, see the Province of B.C.’s website.

Mental Health Resources

Newsletter: Aboriginal Wellness Resources

Provincial Government Site: Managing Stress, Anxiety and Depression

The Hope for Wellness Help Line is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week to support members of your community experiencing emotional distress and may be reached directly by dialling 1-855-242-3310 or via online chat.

Reminder: 24-Hour Crisis Line
The KUU-US Crisis Line Society operates a 24-hour provincial aboriginal crisis line for
Adults/Elders (250-723-4050),
Child/Youth (250-723-2040),
Toll Free Line (18005888717).

Resources for Parents

“Little Learners” Coronovirus Booklet for Kids
Thanks to Tara at

A selection of online resources chosen by early years educators
Helpful information for families around talking to children about COVID-19, self-care tips, activities to do at home, how to wash our hands video, how to social distance and a grand 250+ activity idea list. Thank you to the team at Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Child and Family Services for these links!

Tips for Families

Daniel Tiger gets a cold!

Sesame Street: How to wash your hands

Kids Help Phone: How to cope with social distancing

Kids Out and About: 250 ways to keep your family sane

New Emergency Relief Support Fund and added service flexibility for parents of children with special needs.

Families throughout B.C. to benefit from enhanced digital library.


New Testing Sites Open for Pre-Screened People:
There are six testing sites in ?amak?is Ktunaxa:
Sparwood, Cranbrook, Golden, Trail, Nelson and Revelstoke.

This is worth checking out if you’re experiencing worrisome symptoms and have used the online self-screening tool and called Health Link at 8-1-1 to be pre-screened by a health care professional.

Assembly of First Nations: COVID-19 Response Page
Includes video address from National Chief Perry Bellegarde

First Nations Health Authority: For COVID-19 response, FNHA (in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Office of the Provincial Health Officer and regional health authorities) supports communities through direct coordination of response to health and wellness related requests. FNHA dedicated COVID-19 website

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC): FAQs about COVID-19
Will support and empower Indigenous communities to, wherever possible during the COVID-19 event, independently deliver response and address the socioeconomic conditions in their communities. ISC supports Emergency Management on reserve through the Emergency Management Assistance Program (EMAP).

For non health-related COVID-19 questions and requests (for example critical infrastructure, income assistance, Jordan’s Principle, emergency management, etc.) please email:

Official News Releases

All Provincial News Releases can be found at:

All Interior Health News Releases can be found at:

All Prime Minister News Releases can be found at:

Regional Resources

The Regional District of East Kootenay: Regional Snapshot
The most up-to-date source for regional news.

Provincial Resources

Click here for more information on COVID-19, latest updates on testing strategy, self-isolation, and personal and community protection.

For other medical-related questions, please call 8-1-1.

To take the online self-assessment tool.

For non-health information on COVID-19, call 1 888 COVID-19 or click here.

View the current Provincial Health Officer’s orders.

For the COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and planning materials

Do you know the difference between “self-monitoring,” “self-isolation” and “isolation?” Neither did we until we read THIS.

Federal Resources

 Up-to-date information on COVID-19 and Indigenous communities.

General information on Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Awareness resources such as downloadable posters/infographics on Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Financial Resiliency Links

Indigenous Services Canada: First Nations Community Guide on Accessing Additional Supports

Employment Insurance and Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Other local information:

Lab Hours
Tamarack Labs at the Tamarack Centre are reducing hours.
At-risk patients can visit between 8 and 10 am.
Not at-risk patients from 10 until 3.
Call ahead if you would like to determine your “at-risk” status.
Phone: 250-426-3775