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Indigenous Communities

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Indigenous community members are considered at high risk of experiencing social isolation due to factors such as racism, marginalized language, culture, poverty and historic negative experiences. The oppression of Indigenous peoples and their cultures increases the risk that they may experience social isolation.Indigenous communities have often struggled with high levels of loneliness, isolation, depression and suicide. Due to being pushed to remote locations, and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it can be challenging for communities to have authentic connection in person. 

Here are a series of articles, videos and other content that we have selected to help you better understand the issue of social isolation, disconnection and loneliness for Indigenous communities. If you have suggestions on other content that you think others would benefit from, please feel free to reach out to us at

Understanding social isolation, disconnection and loneliness in the Indigenous Community

  • Acknowledge the limited mental health resources available to Indigenous communities (link)
  • Understanding depression in Indigenous Communities and the ongoing legacy of colonization (link)
  • Social isolation of seniors: A Focus on Indigenous Seniors in Canada (Link)
  • Social Isolation & Loneliness (Link)
  • Loneliness and Mental Health in BIPOC Communities (Link)

Helpful suggestions

  • Using zoom to connect with community (link)
  • The use of social media to connect elders and traditional activities (link)
  • Aboriginal Seniors (Link)
  • Loneliness and Social Isolation: The Next Healthcare Frontier (Link)