Volume 32 | November 13, 2020
FNHMA Health Bulletin: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Welcome to your weekly dose of the FNHMA Health and Wellness Bulletin. Each issue, we do our best to provide relevant information, resources and supports to help you and your team navigate through COVID-19.

In this week's edition, we are sharing:

  • FNHMA Virtual Town Hall returns November 19, 2020
  • Total Number of Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 ISC is aware of as of November 12, 2020
  • "COVID-19 In Indigenous Communities: Nunavut Reports Its 1st Community Cases"
  • "COVID-19 Claims Lives Of 4 First Nations People in Manitoba"
  • "$61M Coming To Help Manitoba First Nations Fight COVID-19: Indigenous Services Minister"
  • "Sask First Nation In Lockdown With 82 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases And Counting"
  • "COVID-19 Cases Rise, Fort Smith Leaders Want Ice Road To Fort Chipewyan Closed This Winter"
  • "Six Committees Established For Health Accord NL"
  • "CAMH Launches Shkaabe Makwa - Centre For First Nations, Inuit and Métis Wellness"
  • "CAMH Jordan's Principle: Understanding The Funding And How To Apply Webinar"
  • Indigenous Services Canada - New Financial Support

Scroll down for these stories and more.

Weekly Virtual Town Hall Update
The FNHMA Virtual Town Hall returns November 19, 2020

We're back and we will release our speaker list early next week. Stay tuned!

That means you can watch the next edition of our Town Hall live on November 19, 2020 @ 1pm ET.

Check our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages for the live streams!

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Have a question for our Town Hall Speakers?

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Get your questions in early by emailing us with "Town Hall Q+A" in the subject line to

We may just answer your question live on the air!
National and First Nation COVID-19 News
Total Number Of Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 ISC Is Aware Of As Of November 12, 2020
As of November 12, 2020, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) records indicate that there are 2253 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on First Nations reserves, in six provinces. There are also 112 hospitalizations, 1344 recovered cases, and 17 deaths.

For more information on these numbers and for more information on how to keep your family safe, please click here.

Click Here to see the full ISC Coronavirus (COVID-19) an Indigenous communities page.
COVID-19 In Indigenous Communities: Nunavut Reports Its 1st Community Cases
"The number of COVID-19 cases on First Nations reserves across Canada continues to climb, according to data from Indigenous Services Canada, and Nunavut has reported its first cases in one of the territory's communities.

ISC reported 771 active cases on reserves as of Nov. 9, and 440 new cases in the last week with the majority occurring in Manitoba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. 

There have been a total of 2,050 cases on-reserve since the pandemic started. Twenty additional hospitalizations were reported since last week bringing the total to 103 and two additional deaths were reported bringing the death toll to 17. The number of First Nations people who have recovered from the disease reached 1,262."

Click here to read the full article.
COVID-19 Claims Lives Of 4 First Nations People in Manitoba
"Record setting COVID-19 numbers sees Manitoba enforce strictest measures to date.

First Nations in Manitoba continue to be hit by outbreaks of the COVID-19 pandemic as the province moves into what is known as a critical level red zone.

As of Wednesday, there are 6,030 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 1,086 of them are among First Nations Peoples, 510 of those are on reserve and 576 are off reserve.

On Wednesday, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs announced four of the nine deaths reported in the province were First Nations. Two individuals on reserve and two off reserve."

To read the full article, click here:
$61M Coming To Help Manitoba First Nations Fight COVID-19: Indigenous Services Minister
"Additional money intended to help communities with supplies, services: Marc Miller

Indigenous communities in Manitoba will get an immediate boost in funding to help battle COVID-19 both on- and off-reserve after an "alarming rise" in COVID-19 cases in the province.

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller said $61.4 million in additional funding will flow to the province.

"In light of the alarming rise in COVID-19 cases in Manitoba, Indigenous Services Canada, in partnership with Manitoba First Nations, is immediately providing $61.4 million in additional surge capacity funding to fight the virus in a number of key areas," Miller said in a series of tweets Monday.

Click here to read the full article.
Sask First Nation In Lockdown With 82 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases And Counting
"Big River First Nation closes school, security guards blocking entry to non-residents

The Big River First Nation is in lockdown as COVID-19 case numbers soar and one official expects more bad news in the coming days.

With an on-reserve population of 2,600 and 82 confirmed cases, the Big River First Nation has one of the highest per capita rates in Saskatchewan.

More than three per cent of Big River's population is infected. Saskatoon has recorded the highest total number of cases in the province, but its per capita rate is less than half of one per cent."

Click here to read the full article.
COVID-19 Cases Rise, Fort Smith Leaders Want Ice Road To Fort Chipewyan Closed This Winter
"'Alberta is exploding with COVID[-19], and we don't want it coming here'

Leaders in Fort Smith, N.W.T., want to close a popular ice road to northern Alberta this winter due to COVID-19.

Gerry Cheezie, chief of Smith's Landing First Nation, told CBC he sent a letter to the town's local COVID-19 secretariat representative earlier this week to ask that the road to Fort Chipewyan, Alta., a fly-in community four hours south of Fort Smith, be closed during the winter.

"We are urging Parks Canada to keep the Fort Chipewyan Winter road closed this year," the letter reads."

To read the full article, click here:
Six Committees Established For Health Accord NL
"The Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services, today announced that six committees have been established for the Task Force on Health Care, known as Health Accord NL. Individual Chairs have been appointed to lead each committee on a volunteer basis.

The six committees and Chairs are as follows:

  • Aging Population – Joan Marie Aylward
  • Digital Technology – Paul Preston
  • Hospital Services – Dr. Sean Connors
  • Primary Health Care – Dr. Shanda Slipp
  • Quality of Care – Dr. Patrick Parfrey
  • Social Determinants of Health – Sister Elizabeth Davis"

To read the full article, click here:
CAMH Launches Shkaabe Makwa - Centre For First Nations, Inuit and Métis Wellness
"The Shkaabe Makwa will be the first hospital-based Centre in Canada designed to drive culturally relevant system initiatives to achieve health equity and community wellness.

Twenty years after a team of Indigenous social workers and an Elder formed CAMH’s first team to support the unique needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis patients, CAMH is officially launching Shkaabe Makwa – a unique and integrated Centre that aims to transform health outcomes through the advancement of research, training and innovative healing models that harmonize traditional knowledge and medical expertise.

“Since those formative years, we’ve worked to improve access to traditional Indigenous healing practices as part of services and programs at CAMH and beyond,” says Dr. Catherine Zahn, CAMH President and CEO. “A wonderful articulation of this work was the launch of Ceremony Grounds and Sweat Lodge on the CAMH campus in 2016”."

To read the full article, click here:
CAMH Jordan's Principle: Understanding The Funding And How To Apply Webinar
"Find out more information about Jordan’s Principle funding and how to apply.

Date: Nov. 26, 2020
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Visit the link below to register for this WEBINAR

If you require further information, please email ola@autismontario.com"

To read the Press Release, click here:
Flu And COVID-19 #StopTheSpread
Stop the spread of the flu and COVID-19 Indigenous Languages Posters: "Wash your hands" FREE DOWNLOADS

This year, In response to COVID-19, the Art for Aid Project has made "Was your hands" posters in various Indigenous languages available for free download.

Review the website and if your language is not available, you can contact artforaid2013@gmail.com for the poster to be created in your written language.

To learn more or to download a copy, click here:
Stop the spread of the flu and COVID-19

This year, it's especially important to help keep our communities healthy. Protect yourself and those around you.

It can be hard to tell the difference between symptoms of the flu and COVID-19. If you have symptoms, isolate yourself from others, and call your healthcare provider or local public health.

To learn more visit Canada.ca/flu and Canada.ca/coronavirus
Launch of Canadian Contact Tracing Training
The Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada are pleased to announce the release of the three new courses to support training of Canadian contact tracers:
1) Introduction to Contact Tracing
This introductory course looks at the who, what, when, why, and how of contact tracing. This course is intended for public health volunteers and professionals who will support contact tracing activities and who have no previous training in contact tracing.
Estimated time to complete: 60-90 minutes

2) Introduction to Case Interviewing
This course provides a general introduction to interviewing best practices and aims to leave participants comfortable with conducting public health interviews.
Estimated time to complete: 60-90 minutes
3) Introduction to Public Health in Canada
This module provides an overview of public health in Canada, including key roles and functions, history, scope, and jurisdictional considerations. The course may be used to provide public health context for training on other topics.
Estimated time to complete: 40 minutes
To register for any of these courses as part of the Contract Tracing Learning Path, please visit https://training-formation.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ and click on “Health Emergency Management”.
COVID Alert App
Download the COVID Alert App today!

COVID Alert helps us break the cycle of infection. The app can let people know of possible exposures before any symptoms appear. That way, we can take care of ourselves and protect our communities.

If you test positive for COVID-19 you will receive a one-time key with your diagnosis to enter into COVID Alert. The app asks permission to share your random codes from the last 14 days in order to notify others that they may have been exposed.
Accessing Additional Funding
Call For Proposals: Sport for Social Development in Indigenous Communities Project (Heritage Canada)
The application period for Sport for Social Development in Indigenous Communities Projects is now open through Heritage Canada.

The deadline to apply for Stream 1 Funding is November 20, 2020.

Sport for social development is defined as the use of sport for social development for the purpose of achieving targeted social outcomes.

Click here to see more information
Indigenous Services Canada - New Financial Support
Indigenous Services Canada has a list of financial supports for:

  • Indigenous individuals
  • Indigenous students
  • Indigenous organizations and communities
  • Indigenous businesses

This funding opportunity will support projects relevant to one or more of the following research areas:

  • Indigenous Peoples’ Understanding and Experience with Respect to COVID-19, including cultural responses grounded in Indigenous Knowledges and self-determination; intersections with, and impact on, on-going health, social, economic and climate crises; and/or perspectives of (or participation in) vaccine research, sero-surveillance studies, and clinical trials.

  • Delivering COVID-19 Testing, Contact Tracing, Self-Isolation and Other Management Practices, and Policies Related to Indigenous Peoples and the COVID-19 Pandemic, including culturally safe approaches and challenges.

  • Culturally Safe COVID-19 Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery for Indigenous Peoples, including design and delivery of programs and services that are grounded in Indigenous Knowledges, self-determination, and local community context.

Important Dates

Registration Deadline - 2020-11-10
Application Deadline - 2020-12-08
Anticipated Notice of Decision - 2021-03-31
Funding Start Date - 2021-03-01

For more information and to apply, please click here.
First Nations Webinars
A number of Partner and National Indigenous Organizations are and have been producing webinars in order to continue supporting First Nations in a changing landscape.

To view more please follow the links below and be directed to that organization's webinar page.

Supports & Regularly Updated Resources

FNHMA is pleased to announce the Pandemic Planning Tool for First Nations Communities. This tool is available to all First Nations communities, free of charge, in order to help them create their very own pandemic plan efficiently and effectively.
The following organizations have resources to combat COVID-19. These resources are regularly updated and are available to view at any time.

Please click below to be directed to more information.
Indigenous Health Today houses many different resources and provides recent news updates via email.

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