We hope Awaken Festival will be an opportunity for celebration, joy, and community. However there are certain realities that will be exacerbated by the these isolating restrictions; Domestic Violence, access to mental health support, and precarious and crowded living situations.
This is a living page and we will continue to update this page with community resources.
We are staying physically distant and socially connected… together! We are all in this together.
Supports in Your Community / Across Canada
Wellness Together Canada - Free online tools, apps and support from trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is offered at NO COST to Canadians and you can have almost immediate counselling by text or phone, wellness self-assessment and tracking, group coaching and community of support, and different resources!
Crisis Text Line (Powered by Kids Help Phone) Canada Wide
free, 24/7 texting service is accessible immediately to youth anywhere in Canada by texting TALK to 686868 on any text/SMS enabled cell phone.
KidsHelpPhone Ages 20 Years and Under in Canada 1-800-668-6868 (Online or on the Phone)
First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness 24/7 Help Line 1-855-242-3310
Crisis Services Canada: 1-833-456-4566 (Available 24/7/365)
Text 'Start' to 45645 (Available 1pm - 9pm PT, standard text messaging rates apply)
Service language: English
Provides 24/7 support, information and resources to transgender or questioning people, as well as to their families and friends.
Interligne - Interligne est un centre de première ligne en matière d’aide et de renseignements à l’intention des personnes concernées par la diversité sexuelle et la pluralité des genres.
1-514-866-0103 (Montreal), 1-888-505-1010 (Sans frais), 1-888-505-1010 (Texto)
email@example.com (Aide par courriel)
Assaulted Women’s Helpline
Service languages: up to 154 languages
Provides 24/7 support, information and referrals to women who have experienced any form of abuse.
Talk 4 Healing
Service languages: Ojibway, Oji-Cree, Cree, English, French
Provides 24/7 culturally sensitive counselling, advice and support to Indigenous women.
Online service at www.talk4healing.com
MMIW Crisis Line
Service languages: English, French
Provides 24/7 support to family, friends and community members who are being impacted by the loss of a missing or murdered Indigenous woman, girl or Two-spirit person.
NWAC Elder Support - They also have a team of in-house Elders here to support you during this time of crisis. Available M-F from 9-11am EST and 1-3pm EST. Their phone numbers are listed online!
The Yukon Government website has LOTS of valuable Mental Health and Wellness Support resources on their page. There are several incredible organizations that are offering counseling and support via telephone or videoconference. Check out the YG website for more information! We’ve listed some of the supports below!
Rapid Access Counselling - Daily spots are available, on-to-one brief support, phone to schedule a phone appointment, no previous connection needed. See website for phone numbers!
CMHA Yukon Division counseling staff are providing telephone or video sessions. Call 867-668-6429 for more information
Victim Services can help you plan for safety and can help you explore options if you aren’t able to safely isolate during this time because there is violence or threats of violence in your home. They can be reached by phone (Toll free – 1800-661-0408 (M-F 8:30am-4:30pm) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
After hours supports - VictimLink BC (24 hrs a day 7 days a week). Phone toll-free: 1-800-563-0808
Find a women’s shelter in the Yukon.
Cell phones for vulnerable women program! The Yukon Gov’t and Yukon Status of Women Council and Northwestel are partnering to ensure women vulnerable to violence in the Yukon have safe access to cell phones and internet during COVID-19. To access a phone, call 867-667-4637
All Genders Yukon Society - Provides funding for mental heath services for transgender, two-spirit and non-binary individuals and their significant others, family members and immediate support network. Also provides free mental heath services for youth, adults and families. Outreach and transition related resources.
Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program and Crisis Line can offer mental health and emotional support for residential school survivors and their families. Call the National IRS Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419, or 1866-509-1769
The NWT Help Line offers free support to residents of the Northwest Territories, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is 100% free and confidential. The NWT Help Line also has an option for follow-up calls.
Residents can call the help line at 1-800-661-0844.
Kamatsiaqtut Help Line: (867) 979-3333 or toll free at (1-800) 265-3333.
Online Counselling Resources
NOTE: These resources were compiled by Egale and can be found on their website !
Affordable Therapy Network – offering reduced rates, low-cost, sliding scale online therapy options
BetterHelp offers $40 to $70 weekly plans (can also be via text or chat – not just video call) – US-based, but clients can be from anywhere
Big White Wall – is a free, online mental health and wellbeing service that helps people who are dealing with everyday stressors or major life events. Available 24/7/365
BounceBack: A free, evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) program that provides guided mental health self-help supports for adults and youth 15+ using workbooks, online videos and phone coaching.
Inkblot virtual therapy sessions ($37.50/30 min sessions, first session is free)
LGBT YouthLine – Free peer to peer support for youth under 29 in Ontario; phone, text and chat services
Open Path Collective – offering sliding scale individual ($30-$60) and couples and families ($30-$80) therapy options
New Creations Counselling – offers online therapy for individuals and couples with sliding scale
Pathway-Therapy, in-person and online options. Currently offering sliding-scales to support a wider range of people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shift Collab, in-person and online options. Sliding scale options. Free initial consult call.
Talkspace is offering $100 off their plans
Umbrella Mental Health Network – Queer mental health professionals supporting LGBTQ* health & wellness, now offering online psychotherapy & e-counselling services
7 Cups connects you to caring listeners for free emotional support 24/7; or be a listener for others
Mental Health Tips & Resources
LGBTQI2S Mental Health Tips During COVID-19 Pandemic from Egale, Canada’s leading organization for LGBTQI2S people and issues. Their work helps create societies and systems that reflect the universities. We improve and save lives through research, education, awareness, and by advocating for human rights and equality in Canada. Egale’s Mental Health Tip list has lots of great ideas to help ground you, including a bunch of Online Counselling Resources!
Stuck in quarantine with your homophobic or transphobic family? Egale has developed a resource with some tips on how to deal with that situation.
Mindfulness Apps – Here is an article with some of the best meditation apps of 2019. Many of them are completely free! Some Apps like Headspace can help you find calmness, wellness and balance through their guided medication and mindfulness techniques for daytime use!
From the WHO – Coping with Stress during the Pandemic… a helpful tip sheet!
Pride Toronto has developed an awesome landing spot of resources! Including Self-Care! Harm Reduction! “Our community has a long history of overcoming together” https://www.pridetoronto.com/covid-19-resources/
WeMatterCampaign is a place to help indigenous youth get through hard times, whether you need support yourself or want to support someone you know. Check out their videos to get started! It’s organization is dedicated to Indigenous youth support, home and life promotion.
On the Land
From the First Nations Health Authority in BC, here are some ideas for supporting land-based healing and wellness during the pandemic. Encourage storytelling! Provide language/song/drumming lessons, you can coordinate online ceremonies, teachings; Supporting food security through harvesting and hunting! Spend time out on the land by going on walks or hikes. Learn more about Precautions and Safety Considerations to support land-based healing and wellness.
Council of Yukon First Nations has a COVID19 Information Hub - has some beautiful infographics, information and messages to help you stay informed and support your community to best prepare and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Keep connecting, talking and resources to help you keep safe and stay positive! Listen to Gramma Susie on Indigenous Radio CHON FM. Check out their website.
Watch Gramma Susie on a ZOOM call about what she’s learned about COVID-19 and how she is keeping safe and positive! https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=external&v=2571423863112037
Check out this fun video from Immuminative: Warrior Up COVID-19 PSA
Native Women’s Association of Canada has a list of COVID-19 Supports listed on their webpage – click the link for more information! We’ve copied some of their supports directly below!
Just for Fun & Indoor Endorphins!
Caremongering Facebook Group has lots of fun, positive stories, including a brand new podcast with Elders! Sit back, relax and listen to some amazing stories, and stay tuned for more in this series on #NWTLive! https://www.facebook.com/groups/careInuvik/
SomeGoodNews Youtube Page – John Kransinski highlights some good news from around the world, and interviews familiar faces like John Stewart, David Chang, Oprah, Malala…
6 Weeks of Workouts for Free from THOR: https://totallythebomb.com/chris-hemsworth-is-offering-free-virtual-workouts-for-the-next-six-weeks?fbclid=IwAR2QsuHbF8NDsW2Zlae92mD0NArVlpgwu5vxQ3Tx5VoQbWrngEWXRFO-cqI
POPSUGAR Fitness on Youtube has some great at-home workouts that you can try! Short, fun and easy to follow! Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBINFWq52ShSgUFEoynfSwg
Canada Emergency Response Benefit – If you have stopped working becase of COVID-19, the CERB can provide you with temporary income support of $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.
Stay tuned to the Government of Canada website regarding Canada Emergency Student Benefit. When launched, it would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students or $1,750 per month for eligible students with dependents with disabilities. This is to support student graduates who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
List of COVID19 Resources for Women Entrepreneurs in Canada – The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub has compiled a comprehensive list of COVID19 resources for women entrepreneurs! Including Government programs and supports, Self Care and Support, Business Opportunities and others…
YG also has several economic support measures for Yukoners affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including arts and culture! Find out more here.
The Government of the Northwest Territories’s COVID-19 Economic Relief: https://www.gov.nt.ca/en/newsroom/northwest-territories-covid-19-economic-relief
Check out the Government of Nunavut’s website to stay up to date on the current COVID-19 economic supports. In March they announced a $5,000 grant for eligible small businesses impacted by COVID-19!
Some helpful reputable sources of information on COVID19
Check out the Gov’t of Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada’s Twitter for some quick updates:
Yukon Gov’t COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool: https://service.yukon.ca/en/covid-19-self-assessment/
BC Self Assessment Tool and Support App: https://bc.thrive.health/