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.

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 internet bill. Limited quantities available. Previous recipients are not eligible to apply again.

*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.  Click the following link to connect with these services, which we will be offering until June 30, 2021

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, join us every Tuesday morning 11:00am to 12:30pm by registering below online or emailing PAFNWworkshops@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.pafnw@gmail.com

Rent Subsidies & Transit Tickets

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.pafnw@gmail.com

We have a limited quantity of transit tickets available for Indigenous people of all ages and genders. The single-use tickets are 1-Zone Adult Compass tickets. Please fill out the form below to join the waitlist. Please note not everyone that applies will receive one. Previous recipients are not eligible to apply again.
*Tickets are for residents of Metro Vancouver only
Questions? Email sofia.essandoh@pafnw.ca
or call (604) 872-1849

Elders Support Program

We have received funding to support Elders during this Covid19 time to March 2021. We are collecting contact information for those Elders age 55 and older interested in receiving services from us. Please complete this form if you would like to receive some support.

You will only need to complete this form once to be placed on our waitlist and then you will need to respond to us by email, when we contact you – if you require service for the month. Any questions please email: eldersadvocate@pafnw.ca

Youth Support Program

We have received funding to support for Indigenous youth aged 16 – 29 years, those living without family supports. During this Covid19 time to March 2021. We are collecting contact information for those youth interested in receiving services from us. Please complete this form if you would like to receive some support.

You will only need to complete this form once to be placed on our waitlist and then you will need to respond to us by email, when we contact you – if you require service for the month. Any questions please email erika.pafnw@gmail.com

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.


We continue to offer one to one counseling for MMIWG and will begin another online support group for families of the MMIWG stay tuned for more info on that, follow us on Facebook, Twitter an IG to stay updated with our programs!


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