Volume 23 | September 11, 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 Alert App
  • B.C. First Nation Declares State Of Emergency Due To COVID-19 Outbreak
  • A First In Canada: B.C. Rolls Back Some Reopening Measures
  • Struggling With Post-COVID-19 Syndrome In A First Nation With Limited Health Services
  • Mi'kmaw Communities In Cape Breton Using Hybrid Teaching Model For COVID-19
  • Land-based Education Key To Sask. First Nation's COVID-19 Prevention Plan
  • During Pandemic, Crisis Line More Essential Than Ever
  • Charting A Post-Pandemic Path For Urban Indigenous People
  • Total Number Of First Nations Confirmed Cases In Canada As Of September 10, 2020

See below for more information on these topics.
FNHMA Weekly Virtual Town Hall
The FNHMA Virtual Town Halls will be returning for another 12 weeks. The Weekly Virtual Town halls will be returning on September 24, 2020.

Please keep a look out for more information.

To view past Virtual Town Halls 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.

COVID Alert App
The COVID Alert app is an exposure notification app that tells people if they may have been exposed to COVID-19. By letting people know of possible exposures before any symptoms appear we can take care of ourselves and protect our community.

The app is available for free to Canadians and can be downloaded on the App Store and on GooglePlay.

Canadians can be confident in the knowledge that the app is secure. It does not collect any personally identifiable data about you and no information is shared without your consent.

The more Canadians who install the COVID Alert app on their phones, the better we can limit the spread of COVID-19. 

National and First Nation COVID-19 News
B.C. First Nation Declares State Of Emergency Due To COVID-19 Outbreak
The Tla'amin First Nation on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast has declared a state of emergency and issued a shelter-in-place order for 72 hours due to four lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community.

The order went into effect Tuesday at 5 p.m. PT and requires residents to stay home — or wherever they were at the time the order was issued — until Friday.

Click here to see the full article
A First In Canada: B.C. Rolls Back Some Reopening Measures
British Columbia on Tuesday became the first province to roll back some of its reopening measures in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia Bonnie Henry ordered all bars, pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and stand-alone banquet halls to stop selling liquor every night at 10 p.m. and to close by 11 p.m.

Click here to see the full article
Struggling With Post-COVID-19 Syndrome In A First Nation With Limited Health Services
Every breath is now a struggle, every step courts exhaustion for Andrew Yesno.

Yesno, a band councillor in Eabametoong, a fly-in Ojibway community 360 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont., thought he was in the clear after contracting COVID-19 at the end of March, testing positive in early April and then feeling his health return in May. 

Click here to see the full article
Land-based Education Key To Sask. First Nation's COVID-19 Prevention Plan
The school at Muskeg Lake Cree Nation has touchless hand sanitizer stations, individual desk shields and floor markings to maintain physical distancing, but teachers have another powerful weapon in the fight against COVID-19: nature.

The elementary school students at Kihiw Waciston (Eagle's Nest) School, located 100 kilometres north of Saskatoon, spend part of their day at their desks. The rest is spent on the playground, on the sports fields, in the community apple orchards and at the nearby cultural camp.

Click here to see the full article
Mi'kmaw Communities In Cape Breton Using Hybrid Teaching Model For COVID-19
Schools in Mi'kmaw communities in Cape Breton are trying a new hybrid model for teaching because of COVID-19.

This will see many students spend half of their time in the classroom, and the other half doing online classes from home.

Each of the five school districts have a different model depending on the size of the schools, and amount of students.

Click here to see the full article
During Pandemic, Crisis Line More Essential Than Ever
From Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, the KUU-US Crisis Line Society received an increase of 142 percent in calls relating to loneliness and an increase of 198 percent for addictions. 

Based in Port Alberni, KUU-US provides crisis line services to Indigenous Peoples throughout B.C. KUU-US means “people” in the Tseshaht language.

KUU-US also has a youth crisis line, with staff trained in child and youth support. 

Click here to see the full article
Charting A Post-Pandemic Path For Urban Indigenous People
Brittany Bingham was in a talking circle with several Indigenous women, gathering information for her PhD project, when a realization struck. For her, being a researcher comes second to honouring stories.

The women were sharing their experiences with Bingham and one of her advisors, Elder Roberta Price, in a session guided by traditional protocols.

Click here to see the full article
Total Number Of First Nations Confirmed Cases In Canada As Of September 10, 2020
As of September 10, 2020, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) records indicate that there are 491 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on First Nations reserves, in five provinces. There are also 42 hospitalizations, 429 recovered cases, and 9 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 disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update page.
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
FIRST NATIONS PANDEMIC PLANNING TOOL from FNHMA

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 resoruces and provides recent news updates via email.

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

Click the link to subscribe today!

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 Virtual Celebration
FNHMA is producing a dynamic 3-hour celebration, including powerful guest speakers, moving tributes, exciting musical guests, the presentation of the CFHI Leadership Award Leading Through Difficult Times, all this culminating in a ceremony honouring our 2020 graduates.

We will also acknowledge the contribution of individuals and organizations who recognize the importance of celebrating ALL health workers across the country for their tremendous contributions during these difficult times.

Is there someone in your community who is making a difference and showing signs of leadership during these difficult times? Prepare a brief video (30 seconds) by yourself or gather a group of colleagues / friends and tell us about this person. Send us your video and it could be chosen to air on November 4!

Add your voice to this powerful group by becoming a sponsor today!

For more information on becoming a sponsor please contact George Rogerson at george@chelsea-group.net

Notice of External Job Opportunities

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


Notice of Request For Proposals (RFP)

FNHMA has a number of RFPs that can be viewed at the links below! 

The intent of the National Indigenous Information Technology Alliance is looking to obtain information leading to the selection of a contractor to participate in this project to develop a Business Case for a NIITA Office.


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The First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA) is seeking a proposal from qualified individuals or companies to provide audit services to our organization.

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

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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