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Ottawa, Jun 26 (Canadian-Media): A special page devoted to indigenous resources, including posters, videos and culturally specific guidance for Indigenous people with questions about COVID-19 has been created by Ottawa Public Health (OPH), media reports said.
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Known as The resource page, it accumulates information created by provincial and territorial governments, as well as material already assembled by Indigenous organizations in Ottawa.
"We heard from the community that the communications and services needed to be adapted," explained Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa's medical officer of health, who added her agency did not yet have data breaking down infection rates by cultural background.
2016 census revealed that the population of about 38,115 Indigenous people in Ottawa and Gatineau, make up 2.9 percent of the capital region's population.
The Inuit population in the region accounts for about 1,300, already the largest outside of the North, though it is estimated by some organizations that it's at least 3,700 and possibly as large as 6,000.
The Resource page is devoted to such specific topics as handwashing where running water is in short supply, and how healthy residents can assist elders who are isolating by leaving groceries outside on their porch.
Information prepared by Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team in Ottawa covers the risks of tobacco use, whether ceremonial or recreational, during COVID-19.
OPH's resources page also covers grocery shopping and cooking, mental health, pregnancy and parenting, how to wear a mask and information about self-isolating.
Many of the posters and information sheets have been translated into Cree, Inuktitut, Michif, Algonquin, Mi'kmaq, Ojibwe, Oji-Cree and Stoney.
Owing to a large number of medical visitors to Ottawa coming from Grise Fiord, Resolute Bay, Pangnirtung, Clyde River, Arctic Bay and their remote satellite communities, Lynn Kilabuk, president of the facility education about the prevention of transmission of COVID-19 was needed.