“Helping Indigenous Communities Stay Connected in Light of COVID-19 Factsheets" were produced by the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team in collaboration with community partners to provide evidence-based and culturally safe and appropriate COVID-19 resources.

An environmental scan of health promotion and informational materials was conducted early in the project to give a broader understanding of what health promotional materials were being developed for and with Indigenous communities internationally.

Community-specific needs were identified through key consultations with Indigenous advisors and local experts, Tribal leadership, Indigenous community researchers and Indigenous community advisory groups. As a result of the environmental scan and the key consultations, we developed three factsheets that focus on healthy activities Indigenous people can safely do during a pandemic. These factsheets have been vetted with our Indigenous community advisory members in Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Grand Portage and Red Lake, Minnesota.


Acknowledgments - We would like to thank the community-based researchers, community partners, community advisory members, funder and the working group involved in developing these factsheets.
Community-based researchers
  • Karen Pitawankwat and Rhonda Trudeau, Wikwemikong First Nation
  • Collette Pederson, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • January Johnson, Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians
  • Marlene Summers and Lois Strong, Oneida Nation 
Community partners
  • Members of Giiwedinong committee 
  • George Googleye, from The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (MCT)
  • Tess Bailey, SNAP-Ed Community Nutrition Educator from Grand Portage
  • Alicia Smith, American Indian Advisor for the Economic Opportunity and Nutrition Assistance Programs, Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • Community advisory members:
  • Grand Portage Community Advisory Group
  • Red Lake Community Advisory Council
  • Manitoulin Island Community Advisory Council 
Funder - Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health Award Number UL1TR002494 and by Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team – Health Equity. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.