Volume 33 | November 20, 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 26, 2020
  • Total Number of Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 ISC is aware of as of November 18, 2020
  • Epidemiological Summary Of COVID-19 Cases In First Nations Communities
  • "COVID-19 In Indigenous Communities: Active Cases On-Reserve Surpass 1,000"
  • "Manitoba First Nation Battles 'Outbreak Within An Outbreak' As All 28 Residents Infected At Care Home"
  • "First Nations Communities In Manitoba See Spike In COVID-19 Cases"
  • "COVID-19: Hiawatha First Nation To Not Allow Visitors From Designated Red Zones Into Businesses"
  • "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 26, 2020

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 26, 2020 @ 1pm ET.

Check our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages for the live stream information.

To view our archived Virtual Town Halls, Click Here.
Have a question for our Town Hall Speakers?

We'd love to hear from you.

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 18, 2020
As of November 18, 2020, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) records indicate that there are 2751 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on First Nations reserves, in six provinces. There are also 130 hospitalizations, 1608 recovered cases, and 21 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.
Epidemiological Summary Of COVID-19 Cases In First Nations Communities
Cumulative reported, recovered, active and newly reported cases in First Nations communities (up to November 8-14, 2020)

The charts with epidemic curves over time (epi curves) below show:

  • the cumulative totals of reported and recovered COVID-19 cases
  • active cases
  • Reported cases by First Nations communities by age group and sex

Epidemic curves of COVID-19 cases in First Nations communities on-reserve are available online, and updated weekly. While a recent rise in the number of cumulative, new and active COVID-19 cases suggests an increased transmission, the flattened epi curves observed over the summer months indicates many First Nations communities had been successful in their efforts to stop the spread of infections.

COVID-19 In Indigenous Communities: Active Cases On-Reserve Surpass 1,000
"Nunavut to start 2-week restriction period starting Wednesday.

There are 1,125 active cases of COVID-19 on First Nations reserves across Canada, as the number of new and active cases continues to surge.

As of Nov. 16, a total of 547 new cases were reported in the last week, according to data from Indigenous Services Canada. The majority occurred in Manitoba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. 

There have been a total of 2,597 cases on-reserve since the pandemic started. Seven additional hospitalizations were reported since last week, bringing the total to 120, and three additional deaths were reported, bringing the death toll to 20. The number of First Nations people who have recovered from the disease reached 1,452."

Click here to read the full article.
Manitoba First Nation Battles 'Outbreak Within An Outbreak' As All 28 Residents Infected At Care Home
"28 residents, 13 staff at Rod McGillivary Memorial Care Home on Opaskwayak Cree Nation have coronavirus: chief

Forty-one people linked to a northern Manitoba care home have tested positive for COVID-19, as the surrounding community deals with a concerning rise in its own cases.

Infections at the Rod McGillivary Memorial Care Home on Opaskwayak Cree Nation so far include all 28 of its residents and 13 of the home's 48 workers, said Onekanew (Chief) Christian Sinclair."

Click here to read the full article.
First Nations Communities In Manitoba See Spike In COVID-19 Cases
November 13, 2020

"Public health official have tried to protect First Nations communities from COVID-19, with some success. But in Manitoba those defences have been breached, with devastating results."

To watch the CBC News: The National story, click here:
COVID-19: Hiawatha First Nation To Not Allow Visitors From Designated Red Zones Into Businesses
"Hiawatha First Nation says it will begin restricting access to many services to anyone in a designated red-zone as part of Ontario’s COVID-19 colour-coded restrictions system.

Hiawatha First Nation Chief Laurie Carr said while the First Nation won’t be utilizing checkpoints entering the community as it did earlier in the year, people will be asked where they are from. Access will not be permitted to areas such as the community’s restaurant, gas bar and store if a resident after a COVID-19 check states they are from an area that’s in a red-zone — the highest level short of a lockdown."

Click here to read the full article.
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
FNHMA Pandemic Planning Tool Free Download
Did you know that the FNHMA has developed a Pandemic Planning Tool for First Nations Communities?

What can I expect with the FNHMA Pandemic Planning Tool?

  • This tool is available to all First Nations communities, free of charge.
  • FNHMA hopes that this new tool will help First Nations communities plan their pandemic responses.
  • Includes the basics of developing a Community Pandemic Plan and can complement what you already have in place.
  • A Community Pandemic Plan is usually part of an overall Community Emergency Plan, and as such, supports a more coordinated approach.
  • This tool will serve health directors, program managers and community health representatives alike; not only to enhance their knowledge, but to hone their skills and abilities, as well as to help them continue to drive change and build healthier communities.

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 TODAY, 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

Praxis SCI Accelerate Program
Praxis, Canada’s premier Spinal Cord Research Institute is offering $50K grants and over 200 hours of commercialization mentorship for post-prototype companies developing care/cure solutions that impact people with spinal cord injuries (SCI).

Through the Accelerate Program, which is a six-month commercialization program geared towards healthcare companies with a product ready to launch into market that will transform the lives of people living with SCI.

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
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.

Please subscribe to their health brief as a valued FNHMA Partner.

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Please note that service hours for InfoPoint have been updated.

InfoPoint will now be available from 9am until 5pm EDT, Monday to Friday.

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