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

The Boardwalk clinic in partnership with Qualia Counselling Services is available for First Nations, Métis and Inuit residents who want to get the vaccine in a culturally appropriate setting. Cultural supports will be available at the Boardwalk every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. to individuals with questions about health, culture and vaccine hesitancy.

How to receive a vaccination: First Nation, Métis and Inuit residents eligible for vaccination can walk in at the Boardwalk clinic every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. to receive their dose with support from Qualia Counselling Services. The BoardWalk Vaccine Clinic is open to all eligible walk-ins between 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

For additional information about cultural supports available at the Boardwalk vaccine clinic, please email phecovidimms@regionofwaterloo.ca

Public Health has partnered with Qualia Counselling Services at The Boardwalk Vaccine Clinic to offer culturally safe experiences for clients. If you are interested in receiving your vaccine with the additional in-person support of the Qualia team, they are available every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. at The Boardwalk Vaccine Clinic.

For more information about Qualia Counselling Services and what support they offer, please visit their website.

To learn more about the Boardwalk vaccine clinic, please visit our Get a Vaccine webpage.

Anishnabeg Outreach 

Walk-in clinics for those who self-identify as First Nations, Métis and Inuit and their immediate household.  

Hours of operation:

  • Friday, May 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • Friday, May 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • Friday, May 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Walk-ins:

  • 5-11 years old (first and second dose)
  • 12+ years old (first, second, and third dose) 
  • Note: Select populations are also eligible for fourth/booster doses

Address: 236 Woodhaven Rd Kitchener, ON N2C 1V5

Vaccine type: Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech (30+ years old) and Pfizer-BioNTech (5 to 29 years old)

150 Frederick St.

Hours of operation:

  • Sunday, May 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Walk-ins:

  • 5-11 years old (first and second dose)
  • 12+ years old (first, second, and third dose) 
  • Note: Select populations are also eligible for fourth/booster doses

Address: 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener ON N2H 2L9

Vaccine type: Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech (30+ years old) and Pfizer-BioNTech (5 to 29 years old)

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

Graphic of yellow Instagram frame

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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