Volume 11 | June 8, 2020
FNHMA Health And Wellness Bulletin: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
This weekly health and wellness bulletin is intended to provide facts, resources for supports and outline potential actions to organizations, communities and their members. Each week the bulletin will include updated information surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In this bulletin you will find news and information regarding:

  • Assembly of First Nations Establishes COVID-19 National Task Force to assist First Nations in ongoing planning and response
  • CBC Indigenous highlights First Nations Nurses
  • First Nation opens its own COVID-19 assessment centre
  • Drone Delivery Canada announces agreement with GlobalMedic for First Nations COVID-19 project
  • Northern Ontario First Nations want pause to mining Permits Until COVID-19 Subsides
  • Carvers endeavour to finish totem pole during pandemic
  • Indigenous Grad 2020 initiative aims to recognize the 2020 IndigenousGraduates

See below for more information on these topics.
First Nations Health Managers Association Creates InfoPoint
Overworked Indigenous health leaders coping with the Covid-19 pandemic have a new information-sharing service designed specifically for them. InfoPoint leverages the extensive database of the First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA) to direct Indigenous users to credible information.

Click Here to see the full article
FNHMA Weekly Virtual Town Hall
FNHMA is committed to providing Virtual Town Halls on a weekly basis. Each week will feature different guest organizations, representatives, and focus on different topics related to COVID-19.

The latest Town Hall Session aired Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 1pm EDT. To view click Here

The speakers were:
  • Dr. Evan Adams, Deputy CMO of Public Health, ISC
  • Doris Bear, CFNHM, Peguis Health Services, Health Director
  • Denise Bear, RN, BN., Nurse-In-Charge
  • Dean Cochrane, Command Centre, Emergency Coordinator
  • Kathy Bird, Traditional Healing Nurse

To view past Virtual Town Halls Click Here.
National and First Nation COVID-19 News
Assembly Of First Nations Establishes COVID-19 National Task Force To Assist First Nations In Ongoing Planning And Response
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde says the newly established AFN COVID-19 (C-19) National Task Force will be instrumental in helping the AFN Executive Committee and First Nations receive accurate information, analysis and recommendations for action during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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First Nations Nurses Find Inspiration and Reward in Serving Indigenous Communities
Throughout the month of June, CBC Indigenous is introducing you to some of the health care workers who are keeping our communities safe. 

The article below highlight three First Nations health care workers and shares insight on what they do, why they do it and how COVID-19 is affecting them

Click Here to see the full article
First Nation Opens Its Own COVID-19 Assessment Centre
Chippewas of the Thames First Nation opened its own COVID-19 assessment centre Wednesday to ensure people in the community and neighbouring First Nations can easily be tested.

The drive-thru site, also open to Oneida and Munsee-Deleware community members, is a drive-thru site located next to the local health centre. It will run on an appointment-only basis and should help reduce the barriers of travelling to London to be swabbed.

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Drone Delivery Canada Announces Agreement With GlobalMedic For First Nations COVID-19 Project
Drone Delivery Canada Corp. recently announced that with the assistance of Air Canada and the Pontiac Group, it has entered into a commercial agreement, dated June 4, 2020, with The David McAntony Gibson Foundation operating as GlobalMedic (GM) to deploy DDC’s patented drone delivery solution to provide service to the Beausoleil First Nation Community (BFN) in Ontario.

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Northern Ontario First Nations Want The Province To Pause Mining Permits Until COVID-19 Subsides
Northern Ontario First Nations want the province to put a hold on mining exploration permits and pause the operation of a system that allows for the remote staking of mining claims while they deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

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Carvers Endeavour To Finish Totem Pole During Pandemic
A group of carvers in northwestern British Columbia are working together to complete a totem pole during the pandemic. And they’re trying to get it done before a looming deadline.

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Total Number of First Nations Confirmed Cases In Canada As Of June 7
As of June 7, 2020, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) records indicate that there are over 225 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on First Nations reserves, in five provinces. 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  Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update page.
Online Initiative Aims to Celebrate 2020 Indigenous Graduates Across Turtle Island Despite COVID-19
Calling all Indigenous Graduates, Parents, Aunties and Uncles, Leaders, Friends, Teachers, Coaches, and Fans!

Recognize the Indigenous graduates in your family and community from kindergarten to high school to college to university, and everything in between! Share images, videos, reflections on your favourite app (FB, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Vimeo) using the hashtag # IndigenousGrad2020.

Click Here  for more information!
Accessing Additional Support Funds
Emergency COVID-19 Funding for Indigenous Early Learning & Child Care
BC Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS), through the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Framework, invites First Nations and Urban Indigenous ELCC Programs to apply for one-time funding to support children birth to six years of age and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recipients can receive up to $10,000 in funding for the period of June 1, 2020 – September 30, 2020.

Who can apply?
  • All First Nations communities in BC
  • Urban IELCC programs and Services (Aboriginal Friendship Centres, Head Start Programs, Aboriginal Infant Development, Aboriginal Supported Child Development, Aboriginal Child Care, etc.) 

Click here for more information.
Previous Health And Wellness Bulletins
If you missed or would like to see any of our weekly health bulletins, we have included a link to all of our previous volumes.

Click Here to see all previous Health and Wellness Bulletins.

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Supports & Regularly Updated Resources
The following organizations have resources to combat COVID-19. These resources are regualrly updated and are available to view at any time.

Please click below to be directed to more information.
FNHMA Updates
Important Notice for Intensive Course Schedule

For the safety of all participants and FNHMA staff all intensive courses are postponed until further notice.

Notice for Online Courses

Online courses will continue to be offered.

To register please contact Eva Keeshig at eva.keeshig@fnhma.ca
FNHMA staff are working from home and are available by email during this time.

For access to the staff directory visit https://fnhma.ca/contact-us/ or call
(613) 599-6070.

We are committed to providing the most up to date information and supporting our membership during this difficult time.


FNHMA has a number of resources available online relating to COVID-19 awareness and prevention.

Click here to view the resource page on the FNHMA Website.

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