Resources for First Nations, Métis and Inuit

Acknowledgement

The Region of Waterloo has made a commitment in Reconciliation with the local Indigenous communities. Acknowledgements offered are part of the Reconciliation process by acknowledging the history of the land while building mindfulness of our present relationship with it and each other.  

The Region of Waterloo is situated on the land traditionally used by the Haudenosaunee, Anishnaabe, and Neutral Peoples. We acknowledge the enduring presence and deep traditional knowledge and philosophies of the Indigenous People with whom we share this land today.

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Clinics for First Nations, Métis and Inuit residents

These clinics will open for First Nations, Métis and Inuit residents who want to get the vaccine in a culturally appropriate setting. At all locations, cultural supports will be available to individuals with questions about health, culture and vaccine hesitancy. Appointments must be booked in advance.

How to book an appointment: First Nation, Métis and Inuit residents eligible for vaccination can book their appointment through one of the following organizations. 

First Nations, Métis and Inuit residents of Waterloo Region who want more information about these clinics are welcome to contact Anishnabeg OutreachThe Healing of the Seven Generations, or the KW Urban Wigwam Project for more information.

Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre at Cambridge Pinebush COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

Please contact the navigators to check availabilitySouthwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre.

Address: SmartCentres, 66 Pinebush Road, Cambridge, ON N1R 8K5 

Accessible: Yes

Entrance: Enter through the entrance on the west side of the building.

Parking: Free parking is available on the west side of the building, close to the entrance.

Public transit: This site is accessible via Grand River Transit and MobilityPLUS. Visit the Grand River Transit website for all current route information.

More information: Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre via the Region of Waterloo by phone at 519-514-1499 or email at PHECOVIDIMMS@regionofwaterloo.ca

Anishnabeg Outreach COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

Please contact the navigators for clinic dates and hours of operation.

Address: 236 Woodhaven Road, Kitchener, ON 

Accessible: Yes

Parking: Free parking with curbside drop-off available.

Public Transit: This site is accessible via Grand River Transit and MobilityPLUS. Visit the Grand River Transit website for all current route information.

More information: Visit Anishnabeg Outreach website, phone 519-208-5333 or email info@aocan.org.

The Healing of the Seven Generations and KW Urban Native Wigwam Project COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

Please contact the navigators for clinic dates and hours of operation.

Address: 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener, ON N2G 4J3 (Region of Waterloo Administration Headquarters)

Accessible: Yes

Parking: Free parking is located on the surface lot off of Ahrens Street. Please park in spots signed for the clinic.

Entrance: Enter through front doors on Frederick Street (clinic is located in the cafeteria).

Public Transit: This site is accessible via Grand River Transit and MobilityPLUS. Visit the Grand River Transit website for all current route information.

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Frequently asked questions

For Indigenous people to get the COVID-19 vaccine, what is considered an “Indigenous” person and do they require a status card to register? 
Vaccination clinic staff will not be asking for status cards. The term “Indigenous” refers to anyone who self-identifies as either First Nations, Metis or Inuit – status cards or any other type of proof of indigeneity is not required.

Do you know if “Indigenous adults and their immediate household” includes non-Indigenous spouses of Indigenous people?

Yes. Non-Indigenous spouses are eligible for vaccination. Indigenous adults, includes individuals and elders regardless of status or Indigenous identity and any individuals 12 years of age and older, living in their immediate household are eligible for vaccination.
My sister and I are non-status Indigenous adults living in Kitchener and Cambridge. Are we eligible to pre-register for the vaccine? Or do we need to live on reserve to be eligible right now? 
Yes. You and your sister are both eligible for vaccination. Indigenous adults, includes individuals and elders regardless of status or Indigenous identity and any individuals 12 years of age and older, living in their immediate household are eligible for vaccination.
How can I cancel my appointment at a First Nations, Métis and Inuit clinic?

If you booked your appointment at a First Nations, Métis and Inuit clinic, please call 519-514-1499 or email PHECOVIDIMMS@regionofwaterloo.ca to cancel your appointment.

Social Media Posts

What's your why?

After you receive your COVID-19 vaccination, add a band aid sticker or frame to your social media posts along with hashtags #WhatsYourWhyWR and #TeamVaccineWR, to encourage others to get their vaccine

Graphic of Green Twitter/Facebook Frame

Download:

Yellow Twitter/Facebook frame

Green Twitter/Facebook frame

Pink Twitter/Facebook frame

Winter Blue Twitter/Facebook frame

Winter Green Twitter/Facebook frame

Winter Purple Twitter/Facebook frame

 

 

Twitter and Facebook frames:

Add one of these frames to your Twitter and Facebook posts. Download a frame, add it to your picture through your photo editor app, and share your reason for why you are getting vaccinated.

 

Example: 

Getting vaccinated means I can spend our upcoming anniversary with our family and start seeing loved ones again. #WhatsYourWhyWR
#TeamVaccineWR

 Photo of frame with photo that shows person eating dinner with family at a restaurant

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Download:

Yellow Instagram frame

Green Instagram frame

Pink Instagram frame

Winter Blue Instagram frame

Winter Green Instagram frame

Winter Purple Instagram frame

 

Instagram frames:

Add one of these frames to your Instagram posts. Download a frame and add it to your picture through your photo editor app.

 

Example: 

Photo of frame with picture of teacher in classroom

I got vaccinated for my students. I can’t wait to be back with them in class. #WhatsYourWhyWR #TeamVaccineWR

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