Supports for Indigenous Peoples


In collaboration with
Kids Help Phone
Simply text “First Nations” “Metis” or “Inuit” to 68 68 68 (youth) or 741 741

Indigenous youth and adults now have the option of connecting with First Nations, Inuit and Métis crisis responders when available!
Simply text “First Nations” “Metis” or “Inuit” to 68 68 68 (youth) or 741 741 (adults) and individuals will be connected with a corresponding crisis responder if available.

Here’s an example of how this will work…
If a Métis young person would like to speak with a Métis crisis responder, they would text “Metis” to 68 68 68 and they will be transferred to a Métis crisis responder if one is available. If a Métis crisis responder is not available, they will be transferred to an Indigenous crisis responder from another nation. If no Indigenous crisis responders are available, the texter will be connected with a non-Indigenous crisis responder.

As more Indigenous people apply and advance through our comprehensive crisis responder training, more and more people will be able to connect with a crisis responder from their Indigenous group or Nation if they wish. If you would like to apply to be a crisis responder, please complete the application here and note that applications are only open to Indigenous individuals at this time.

A little background on this initiative…
After engaging with Inuit, First Nations and Métis youth in early 2020 (see the full report here) we learned how important it is for Indigenous youth to have the option to connect with Indigenous crisis responders. In response, we took action #6 of Finding Hope: Kids Help Phone’s Action Plan for Supporting First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young People one step further to offer this choice.
In accordance with the guiding principles of Finding Hope, this initiative also takes a distinctions-based approach by recognizing the distinct needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.

John Mattson to see if you qualify for this support:
Cell: 365-688-1113 or Office 905-723-0036 x

Aaniin, Boozhoo ……Greeting Brothers and Sisters,
Carea Community Health Centre wishes you and your families continued health & wellness during this pandemic and time of uncertainty. It is up to each of us to stay healthy, remain optimistic and be kind to ourselves and others. In response to COVID-19 and the fracturing to global economy and
social norms, we are very pleased to announce potential relief from the present circumstances that impact our financial stability and life as we know it.

An initiative available through Miziwe Biik Development Corporation* for those that identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit may have available subsidy potential for you and your family affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Pending criteria, you may be eligible to access this support in such areas as shelter and rental/ housing subsidy, food and groceries, medical supplies/assistance, travel to appointments, home cleaning, emergency shelter. In some cases, you may be eligible to apply for assistance to recover expenses incurred as a result of the pandemic, loss of income and associated factors, retroactive to April 2020.

The following list are examples of situations where you may qualify (but not limited to):
• Financial hardship due to lack of employment: reduced hours, closures, layoffs etc.
• Landlord eviction resulting from loss of income and rental and/or creditor
insufficient funds
• Medical circumstances for you and/or other family members
• Caregiving and support (children and seniors) requiring at-home “can’t
work” scenarios
• Homelessness, couch surfing due to pandemic upset
• Unemployed/self-employed, can’t work due to nature of business and nocontact compliance
In community housing and supportive housing this funding could be used
toward the following initiatives:
• Housing allowance for in-situ tenants
• Food and supplies for households in quarantine and/or isolation
• Non-medical staffing requirements
• Protective equipment
• Food banks and grocery gift cards
• Community and outreach to support seniors in self-isolation
• Recruitment and coordination of volunteers
• Transportation to get to and from medical appointments
Please contact John Mattson to see if you qualify for this support:
Cell: 365-688-1113 or Office 905-723-0036 x

*Miziwe Biik Development Corporation (MBDC) The mission of MBDC is to serve as a vehicle for the economic advancement and self-sufficiency of the Aboriginal community in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) through the creation of affordable housing and homeownership

Serving Durham Region
Our office hours are Monday – Friday 9am-4:30pm
Contact Information: 705-7471-0900 or Toll Free 1-800-663-2696 or you can visit
our website at

Reason for Being:
Niijkiwendidaa Anishnabekwag Services Circle (NASC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development and delivery of healing services for Anishnaabekwewag and their families who have been abused, are being abused, or are at risk of being abused.

Healing work is conducted through the use of Traditional Anishnaabe Spirituality, blended with appropriate Western Modalities. Programs & Services:

All programs offer individual counselling and group support.
 Crisis and Long Term Counselling
 Child Witness to Violence Program
 Transitional Housing Support Program (THSP)
 Indigenous Youth in Transition Support Worker (IYIT)
 Indigenous Healthy Babies and Healthy Families Program (IHBHF)
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current province wide shut down all of our services are virtual and via phone.

Our office hours are Monday – Friday 9am-4:30pm
Contact Information: 705-7471-0900 or Toll Free 1-800-663-2696 or you can visit our website at

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