Like the earth itself, Indigenous women need supports to heal from colonial violence and thrive. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these supports have been reduced or removed altogether. In some cases, access to Elders and counselling was completely cut-off for a period of time.
Indigenous women described shifting into survival mode and decreasing the prioritization of themselves as they are often caretakers of the family and community and carry the responsibility of ensuring everyone else is safe and taken care of.
Indigenous women also spoke about the ways they are able to connect more with spiritual wellness, such as through land-based trauma healing, teachings from gardening, harvesting traditional medicine, smudging, grounding themselves through hobbies at home, and digging deep into the ancestral and spiritual parts of themselves.