Indigenous Responses & Needs to COVID-19

International Funders for Indigenous Peoples

About the Resource Guide

Welcome to the IFIP resource guide created for our members searching for statements, recommendations and considerations related to Indigenous Responses and Needs to COVID-19. This webpage, curated by IFIP, will be updated with information on COVID-19 and the impacts and considerations for Indigenous Peoples and organizations. Please contact to add to this growing body of information.

International Funders for Indigenous Peoples

The International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) is the only global donor affinity group dedicated to Indigenous Peoples worldwide.

Our Mission is to foster Indigenous solutions and partnerships among Indigenous Peoples and funders around the globe.

The mission envisions value-based partnerships that incorporate IFIP’s “4Rs” to re-frame funding relationships for greater beneficial impact. IFIP educates its members and allies to practice a new paradigm of giving based on “The Four R’s of Indigenous Philanthropy” —Respect, Reciprocity, Responsibility and Relationships.

Statements & Resources from Indigenous-led Organizations


Cultural Survival: COVID-19’s Growing Impact on Indigenous Communities Globally

International Indian Treaty Council. COVID 19 and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples



Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim explains the impact of coronavirus on indigenous populations. Many Indigenous peoples face similar challenges of food security and water scarcity, as well as the need to protect their elders.



Latin America

COIAB Amozonia: Covid19 and the emergency situation of indigenous peoples in the Brazilian Amazon

International Working Group on the Protection of Indigenous Peoples Living in Voluntary Isolation and Initial Contact in the Amazon and in the Gran Chaco

North America / Turtle Island

Indigenous Environmental Network: IEN COVID-19 Statement

Indigenous Women & Youth


A message from Global Indigenous Youth Leaders from around the world on COVID-19

International Indigenous Women’s Forum (and other regional networks), COVID-19 Indigenous Women’s Collective Call



COVID-19 Indigenous Health Partnership

Led by Indigenous youth, the COVID-19 Indigenous Health Partnership brings together medical students, physicians, allied health professionals, and human rights experts to partner with Indigenous Peoples and communities on their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Latin America

North America / Turtle Island

Indigenous-led Funds COVID Reponse Funds and Statements

Links to these funds are provided as a resource for philanthropy by IFIP members and donors

First Peoples Fund (FFP): Resilence Fund provides support to artists culture bearers who have experienced a loss of due to COVID-19

Native Americans in Philanthropy and Decolonizing Wealth: Native American Community Response Fund is a national rapid response effort to provide emergency support for the most vulnerable Native American families and communities impacted by COVID-19

New Mexico Foundation's Native American Relief Fund provides emergency grants to tribal communities and non-profit organizations to bring food, water, and other emergency supplies to some of the hardest-hit families and communities impacted by COVID-19 across the Navajo, Apache, and Pueblos of New Mexico

Na'ah Illahee Fund's Native Community Crisis Response (NCCR) Fund will help provide immediate relief to under-served Native communities and groups in the Pacific Northwest

Pacific Peoples’ Partnership: Pacific Resilience COVID Response—an urgent fundraising appeal to help respond to COVID and Cyclone Harold

Return to the Heart: Native COVID-19 Action Fund—Goal is to raise $4 million over the next three months by continuing to identify and support the urgent safety needs of Indian Country, connecting traditional healers,and supporting regenerative strategies

NDN Collective’s COVID-19 Response Project is designed to provide immediate relief to some of the most underserved communities in the country

Seventh Generation Fund: Flicker Fund—funds go directly to Indigenous community generated and led initiatives. Provides house hold sanitation supplies, food response, modern and traditional medicine, translations of COVID information into Native languages. Must be Native-led, Native serving, Native based organizations. Mostly US based grants but some international.

Pacific People's Partnership explains that the peoples of Oceania are threatened by the same global pandemic that we all face in North America. The geographical isolation of these small island nations has slowed the arrival of COVID-19, but cases have now appeared in Fiji, the Marianas, and Papua New Guinea. At the same time, a Category 5 cyclone has struck the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Fiji, forcing people into crowded storm shelters. With rudimentary medical systems, shortages of trained staff, and little protective equipment, the Pacific islands could use our solidarity right now. It is for this reason we are launching our Pacific COVID Resilience Fund.

Coast Funds: Upholding Each Other in Uncertain Times (located in Vancouver, Canada)

Foundations and NGOs

Land is Life: Land is Life's call for urgent action regarding indigenous peoples and COVID-19: “Our grassroots network has never been more threatened” Spanish|Portuguese

Global Greengrants Fund Resource Hub for GLOBAL Grassroots Activists related to COVID-19. Indigenous People (LINK)

Group of Friends of Indigenous Peoples: Statement on safeguarding the health, wellbeing, and livelihoods of indigenous peoples across the world in face of COVID-19 (LINK)

Minority Rights Group International: Statement on the Impact of the Global COVID-19 Pandemic on Persons with Disabilities from Minority, Indigenous and other Marginalised Communities (LINK)

Statements & Resources on COVID-19 by the UNPFII and UN-mandated bodies to address Indigenous Peoples issues

UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs Indigenous Peoples, COVID-19 and Indigenous Peoples (LINK)—excellent resource with statements, declarations, recommendations and links to current news articles.

UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: Message from the Chair of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to ensure Indigenous Peoples are informed, protected and prioritized during the Global COVID-19 Pandemic, April 2020 (LINK)

UN Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Issues: Indigenous Peoples and COVID-19 A Guidance Note for the UN System. April 23, 2020. (LINK)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: Indigenous Peoples’ health and safety at risk due to Coronavirus (LINK)

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. OPINION: Amid coronavirus, let's not forget about indigenous peoples. April 20, 2020. (LINK)

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples. End of Term Message. May 3, 2020. (LINK)

UN Women: Making indigenous women and girls visible in the implementation of the UN framework for the immediate socio-economic response to COVID-19 and in accessing funds under the Multi-Partner Trust Fund (LINK)

United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth / Children and Youth International: Indigenous Youth Respond to COVID 19 (LINK)