Volume 17 | July 24, 2020
FNHMA Health 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:

  • COVID-19 Indigenous Business Survey Key Findings
  • Petition Calling On Feds Improve COVID-19 Help For Indigenous Communities Reaches Milestone
  • Akwesasne Reiterates Need For Physical Distancing As Community Hit With 8 Cases Of COVID-19
  • Total Number of First Nations Confirmed Cases In Canada As Of July 23
  • Government of Canada is providing support To Urban And Off-Reserve Indigenous Organizations In Manitoba Through The Indigenous Community Support Fund
  • AFN Release Fact Sheet On Accessing COVID-19 Public Health Financial Support - Funding Deadline Reminder – July 31, 2020

See below for more information on these topics.
FNHMA Weekly Virtual Town Hall
Check the FNHMA Facebook Page every Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm to watch the re-runs of our Virtual Town Halls!

To view past Virtual Town Halls Click Here.

Next week join us for our fifth and sixth Town Hall.

These town halls originally aired on April 23, 2020 and April 30, 2020.

At these sessions Marion Crowe talked with Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde, AFN Regional Chiefs Marlene Poitras, Kluane Adamek, and Kevin Hart, & Dr. Valerie Gideon and Robin Buckland of Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), and Carol Hopkins of Thunderbird Partnership Foundation.
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.

National and First Nation COVID-19 News
COVID-19 Indigenous Business Survey Key Findings
The Indigenous Business Covid-19 Response Task force reveals findings of their recent Indigenous business survey. The results highlight the unique impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on Indigenous businesses, current barriers to accessing government relief programs, and capabilities to provide PPE to the federal government.

Petition Calling On Feds Improve COVID-19 Help For Indigenous Communities Reaches Milestone
petition  launched by former Ontario chief Isadore Day in April and sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, several of his ministers and health advisors demanding that the government do more to help Indigenous communities deal with COVID-19 now has more than 50,000 signatures on it.

“First Nations, Inuit and Métis, are among the most vulnerable Canadians and the least equipped to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. During the H1N1 crisis, Indigenous people were 6.5 times more likely to be admitted to the ICU. Many Indigenous communities experience poverty, overcrowding, food and water insecurity, and lack adequate access to healthcare and there is a higher rate of chronic disease,” the petition starts.

“All of this increases risk of severe COVID-19.”

Akwesasne Reiterates Need For Physical Distancing As Community Hit With 8 Cases Of COVID-19
Eight community members have tested positive for COVID-19 in Akwesasne this week, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne announced Thursday.

To date, 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Mohawk community, which straddles the Ontario, Quebec and New York State borders. There's a total of eight active cases.

The new cases, which are being investigated by New York's Franklin County Public Health Department in conjunction with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, stem from a gathering and boat ride on July 10.

Total Number Of First Nations Confirmed Cases In Canada As Of July 23
As of July 22, 2020, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) records indicate that there are 366 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on First Nations reserves, in five provinces. There are also 31 hospitalizations, 337 recovered cases, and 6 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 Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update page.
Government of Canada is providing support To Urban And Off-Reserve Indigenous Organizations In Manitoba Through The Indigenous Community Support Fund
News release
July 21st, 2020 — Winnipeg, Treaty 1 Territory, Manitoba — Indigenous Services Canada 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, people and organizations at all levels have taken action to protect and provide supports to some of the most vulnerable and those in need. Community-based organizations are on the front-lines and have led the charge in advocating for, and delivering support. Women's groups, homeless shelters, mental health providers, and food delivery organizations have worked hard during this difficult time. Their work is essential, and their leadership saved lives.

Today, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, the Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs and Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface – Saint Vital, along with the Bear Clan Patrol, announced $251,850 in funding to support delivery of critical food supplies.

AFN Release Fact Sheet On Accessing COVID-19 Public Health Financial Support - Funding Deadline Reminder – July 31, 2020
Accessing Additional Support Funds
COVID-19: First Nations Community Guide On Accessing Additional Supports
Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is working closely with First Nations partners, the Public Health Agency of Canada, other departments such as Health Canada and Public Safety Canada as well as provincial and territorial counterparts to protect the health and safety of First Nations and support First Nations communities in responding to the public health crisis resulting from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Click Here to read the full First Nations community guide on accessing additional supports
Funding Available For Shelters On-Reserve
CMHC will provide funding of $31.7 million, delivered through its On-Reserve Shelter Enhancement Program (SEP), to build 10 shelters in First Nation communities on-reserve across the country. Forgivable loans for up to 100% of total eligible costs for the construction of new shelters.

FoodRescue.ca Emergency Fund Will Be Granting Another $1.5 Million By Opening New Funding Cycle That Focuses On Providing Further Support To Indigenous Peoples During COVID-19
The FoodRescue.ca Emergency Fund is an emergency response initiative that can
provide both financial and food support through Second Harvest’s FoodRescue.ca. This
funding and food support are available to Indigenous-led organizations, Indigenous
community groups, First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities supporting people through
food programs and initiatives. 

Previous Health 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.
Please note that service hours for InfoPoint have been updated.

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

InfoPoint is your trusted resource to find credible and reliable information on COVID-19.
FNHMA Updates

FNHMA partner organization the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) is currently seeking a DIRECTOR, NORTHERN & INDIGENOUS HEALTH

Follow the link below to find the full job listing!

Notice of External Job Opportunities

FNHMA has a number of external job opportunities that can be viewed at the link below! 


FNHMA working hours have changed for the summer season.

Effective immediatley, FNHMA staff will be working summer hours on Fridays.

FNHMA staff members will finish the work day at 12pm EDT, but will be available by email.
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 as well as Indigenous Health Today have a number of resources available online relating to COVID-19 awareness and prevention.

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

Click here to view the Inidgenous Health Today website.

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