COVID-19: Response & Resilience

The Ktunaxa Nation Council government building remains closed to the public. As of November 25, 2020, the KNCGB is in Stage 1, meaning staff are encouraged to work from home if possible, and the maximum number of people in the building is 30.

NEW: February 24, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

FNHA: What you need to know about the COVID-19 Vaccine

February 16, 2021
Ktunaxa Health Covid Information Session VIDEO

Ktunaxa Citizens were invited to join the free online information session with Community Nurses Brittany Groff, Dallas Cardinal, Heather McDonald and Sara Chorney, as well as other panelists from community health centres and guests from First Nations Health Authority. The panel answered your questions about the vaccine, its efficacy, roll-out, access, and what to expect when you get vaccinated.


National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health
This features many resources, including podcasts, factsheets and other resources are intended to inform public health responses in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities throughout the country.

Mental Health Resources

Ktunaxa Kinbasket Child and Family Service Society
Counselling Intake every Friday 10am-2pm
Address: 1007 Baker Street, Cranbrook BC
Phone: 250-489-4563

Foundry BC
Counselling services (online) at 1-833-308-6379

1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
If you are considering suicide or are concerned about someone who may be.

310Mental Health Support
Call 310-6789 (no area code needed) for emotional support, information and resources specific to mental health.

Kid’s Help Phone
Call 1-800-668-6868 to speak to a professional counsellor, 24 hours a day.

Alcohol & Drug Information and Referral Service
Call 1-800-663-1441 (toll-free in B.C.) or 604-660-9382 (in the Lower Mainland) to find resources and support.

Other Mental Health Resources During COVID-19

Children and Youth Supports for COVID-19

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.

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.


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