Community Members,

We trust you are all managing well and adhering to the safety precautions during this most difficult time.  It can be very frustrating for many and we hope that you are able to stay connected to us and others during this time.

Click on the button below for information about Covid-19 vaccination clinics and testing clinics offered by municipal or provincial health services.

Internet Connection

As part of our Covid-19 response initiative, we are providing financial support to encourage continued use of our programs during these times through online connection. Sign up for Internet Connection Funds to receive support in paying your home internet bill or cellphone data plan bill. Limited quantities available.

*Please note: These supports are only available for Indigenous people located in the Lower Mainland, BC.

Good Food Box & Activity Box

We are also providing Good Food Boxes, Cleaning Supplies and Activity Boxes for children and youth. 

Weekly Support Group

Is Covid-19 taking a toll on your mental well-being? Come chat and learn how to cope on our online Covid-19 Support Group. We offer a welcoming environment for First Nations people to connect and share with each other. Led by facilitator Susan Powell by registering online or emailing PAFNWworkshops@gmail.com 

We are also offering one-to-one Covid-19 counseling, facilitated by counselor Char Leon, MSW. Register below or email pafnwcounseling@gmail.com

Mask Making

We have a supply of hand made Face Masks that were made by a small army of Volunteers which we are so very thankful for.  Please connect with us if you would like us to send out some to you or we can prepare no contact pick up too.  If you would like to volunteer making face masks that would be appreciated! PAFNW has prepared Face Mask Kits for the volunteers. Each kit makes approx. 10-20 masks or more depending on pattern used. The kits contain material, elastic, thread, nose piece and suggested pattern. Volunteers must have their own sewing machines.

Questions? Email erika.trube@pafnw.ca

Rent Subsidies

We have a limited number of subsidies available to prevent the homelessness of Indigenous women and families struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note not everyone that applies will receive one. Previous applicants are not eligible to apply again.

REQUIRED:
1) Last 90 days bank statements
2) Government-issued Photo ID
3) Rent agreement/receipt/Eviction or Arrears notice
4) Completed Application Form
Questions? Email erika.trube@pafnw.ca

Other Support

Please see this file for more information on other support systems!


BCIT interview with Char Leon, a counsellor at the Pacific Association of First Nations Women, says the pandemic has worsened an already precarious situation for many Indigenous women.


The Pacific Association of First Nations Women is thankful for funding from Indigenous Services Canada for providing much needed support to Indigenous women and families in the Metro Vancouver area.