Volume 01 | March 20 2020
News & Updates RE: COVID-19
FNHMA is presenting a weekly health and wellness bulletin to keep you informed and to provide you with resources to help you and your community address the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
FNHMA Health and Wellness Bulletin RE: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The purpose of this Health and Wellness bulletin is to provide guidance and up to date information to Indigenous organizations and communities in dealing with health issues such as those surrounding Covid-19. FNHMA partner organization Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) has released information on:

  • how and when to properly self-isolate
  • guidelines for indigenous communities
  • an economic response plan,
  • various Covid-19 informational videos
The intent is to work together to inform people about policies and procedures for those who are uneasy about Covid-19. Indigenous health practitioners will be working around the clock to help those who are sick or feeling symptoms. It is vital that communities and their members feel safe, while knowing what to do during this difficult time.

This weekly health and wellness bulletin is intended to provide facts and outline potential actions to organizations, communities, and their members.

Follow the link below to keep up to date on how Indigenous Service Canada (ISC) is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. This situation and the responses to it are changing hour by hour, so keeping up to date with the most recent information is of the utmost importance

Below are updates and news surrounding Covid-19,

Click here to access updates from ISC
FNHMA will be presenting an online Town Hall on Wednesday March 25th, 2020 and 1:00PM, EST. The live stream is available at www.ihtoday.ca

Tune in to get important information and to get your most pressing questions answered.

Click here to view the FNHMA town hall announcement
Covid-19 News and Updates
Informational Videos
Valerie Gideon (Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Indigenous Services Canada) and Dr. Tom Wong (Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer of Public Health, Indigenous Services Canada) provided an update on what Indigenous Services Canada is doing to support Indigenous peoples across Canada with respect to the COVID-19 response.

Click Here to watch the playlist of videos.
Covid-19 Cases
This is a report of all known cases in Canada based on province. Keeping up to date on the current Covid-19 cases can help you decide on what actions to take for yourself and your community.

Click here to see a breakdown of current reported Covid-19 Cases in Canada.
How to be prepared
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected Canada on almost every level. It is important to be prepared in this difficult time as responses and updates can come with little to no warning. Preparing yourself or your community/organization is of the utmost importance, as the landscape is unclear.

Click here for information on how you can prepare yourself and your community/organization
COVID-19 Economic Response plan
Canada has announced an economic response plan to help support those whose work status has been affected by the pandemic. The document provides information on what Canada is committing to the workforce, and steps on how to access those supports.

Click here to access information on Canada's economic response plan
Recommendations in indigenous languages
Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) has translated a Public Service Announcement into many different indigenous languages regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. The webpage provides the message in languages such as:

  • Michif
  • Blackfoot
  • Western Ojibway
  • Inuktitut: North Baffin
  • etc...

Click here to see the PSA in many different Indigenous Languages
Self-Isolation Guidelines
Health Canada has released a set of guidelines on what self-monitoring and self-isolation is and when you should self-isolate. Self isolation and social distancing are important activities to "flatten the curve" and prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Click here to view the guidelines for self-isolation.
Travel Advice and Advisories
To help prevent the continued spread of Covid-19, Canada has issued a global travel advisory. There is a growing list countries that are limiting travel. Travel bans and advisories may be imposed without warning, so it is important to keep up to date with current travel advisories and restrictions

Click here to view Travel advice and advisories provided by the Government of Canada
Mental Health and Wellness
People placed in quarantine or self-isolation may experience a wide range of feelings, including fear, anger, sadness, irritability, guilt or confusion. Visit the link below to see tips about keeping busy and taking care of your own mental well-being during this time.

Click here to see tips on your mental well-being from the Center for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH)
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