Volume 25 | September 25, 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:

  • Total Number Of First Nations Confirmed Cases In Canada As Of September 24, 2020
  • Some First Nations already in lockdown as COVID-19 2nd wave ‘already underway’
  • Three First Nations in northwestern Ont. report new COVID-19 cases
  • Evening classes — COVID-19 fix — a hit at Colville Lake high school
  • Several showing COVID-19 symptoms after attending meetings with Métis Nation — Sask. president, says official
  • Halifax's 2021 North American Indigenous Games postponed
  • Series of COVID information sessions again launched for Indigenous peoples as pandemic numbers rise
  • COVID-19, flu, cold or seasonal allergies? How to tell the difference between symptoms
  • Mental Wellness and Covid-19 Tips and Considerations

See below for more information on these topics.
FNHMA Hybrid Course
Covid-19 has forced everyone to change the way they operate on a day to day basis. FNHMA has adapted to these challenging times by redesigning our intensive and online courses with a new and exciting hybrid course. The hybrid course format combines real time interactive sessions with your group and the ability to work online – all without travelling or taking time off work.

The fall semester runs from September 28, 2020 to December 11, 2020.

For more information and to register please visit our website at https://fnhma.ca/workshop-courses/cfnhmp-courses/
FNHMA Weekly Virtual Town Hall
The FNHMA Virtual Town Halls have returned for another 12 weeks. The second installment of the Weekly Virtual Town halls will be this Thursday, October 1st, 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
Total Number Of First Nations Confirmed Cases In Canada As Of September 24, 2020
As of September 24, 2020, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) records indicate that there are 639 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on First Nations reserves, in six provinces. There are also 52 hospitalizations, 512 recovered cases, and 11 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.
Some First Nations Already In Lockdown As COVID-19 2nd Wave ‘Already Underway’
Local outbreaks have emerged in remote First Nations in B.C. and northern Ontario

With COVID-19 cases surging in several jurisdictions across Canada, the prime minister and public health officials are issuing stern warnings that the pandemic’s second wave could be far worse than the first – while some First Nations communities with new cases are already heading back into lockdowns.

“In our four biggest provinces, the second wave isn’t just starting, it’s already underway,” Justin Trudeau said Wednesday evening in a rare television address to the nation.

“We’re on the brink of a fall that could be much worse than the spring.”

Click here to see the full article
Three First Nations In Northwestern Ont. Report New COVID-19 Cases
Health officials say cases in First Nations were inevitable, next steps focus on limiting spread.

As COVID-19 numbers rise throughout southern Ontario, new cases of the virus are starting to pop up in rural First Nations throughout the northwestern region of the province.

Over the weekend, Pikangikum First Nation, Sandy Lake First Nation and Kasabonika Lake First Nation all reported new cases of COVID-19.

Click here to see the full article.
Several Showing COVID-19 Symptoms After Attending Meetings With Métis Nation — Sask. President, Says Official
Métis Nation-Saskatchewan says president Glen McCallum was not told to isolate following test last week

At least five people who attended meetings in Waskesiu last week with Métis Nation-Saskatchewan (MN-S) president Glen McCallum now have COVID-19 symptoms, according to a senior MN-S official.

McCallum attended the two-day meeting at Waskesiu's Hawood Inn as he awaited the results of a COVID-19 test, according to MN-S statements. McCallum was informed of his positive test during the meeting Friday afternoon, MN-S said. 

Click here to see the full article
Halifax's 2021 North American Indigenous Games Postponed
COVID-19 concerns leads organizers to cancel event, but they plan to reschedule in Halifax post-pandemic

Organizers of the North American Indigenous Games have decided to postpone the 2021 event in Nova Scotia due to concerns over COVID-19.

"With all these questions surrounding the border and group gatherings and just everything that's happening, it just wasn't feasible," said Dale Plett, president of the North American Indigenous Games.

Click here to see the full article
Series Of COVID Information Sessions Again Launched For Indigenous Peoples As Pandemic Numbers Rise
“Let’s all continue to make strides at winning this fight against COVID-19.” —Marion Crowe

Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 24, the non-profit First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA) is launching a series of 12 weekly virtual town halls that will provide up-to-date COVID-19 information across Canada’s Indigenous population.

The meetings are for “frontline health workers, health managers and Indigenous communities nationally”, read a media advisory.

The series will be a continuation of a program started in March that ran until late June, which featured 14 weekly sessions.

Click here to see the full article
COVID-19, Flu, Cold or Seasonal Allergies? How To Tell The Difference Between Symptoms
No matter what year it is, fall tends to bring a slew of coughing and sneezing. But in 2020, we don’t just have to wonder whether we’re battling a cold versus seasonal allergies -- the slightest cough could bring up fears of COVID-19.

So if you’re feeling under the weather, how do you really know if it is a cold, the flu, seasonal allergies, or a sign that you’ve contracted the novel coronavirus?

Health officials are urging anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms or who is concerned they’ve been exposed to the virus to get tested.

Click here to see the full article
Mental Wellness And Covid-19 Tips and Considerations
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is providing this overview of Mental Health and Wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic for First Nations. Some may feel overwhelmed with physical/social distancing or socially isolating themselves.

During these times, it is important to be aware of your thought patterns and to address them in a healthy way. As the situation is evolving rapidly, we encourage you to visit the AFN COVID-19 webpage to access up to date information and resources at www.afn.ca/coronavirus.

Click here to view the fact sheet.
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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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.

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
Supports & Regularly Updated Resources

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 Request For Proposals (RFP)

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

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

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