Volume 22 | September 4, 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:

  • ‘Sugar Cubes’ And Shower Curtains: Indigenous Students Head Into Uncharted School Territory
  • Child Advocates Ring The Alarm As New Report Highlights Unprecedented Impact Of COVID-19
  • Funding Delay Leaves First Nations Schools Scrambling To Safely Reopen
  • COVID Alert: Canada’s COVID-19 Exposure Notification App
  • CMHA Calls On Government To Respond To “Echo Pandemic” 
  • Opiod Response Update Aug 31, 2020
  • Marion Crowe, CEO of FNHMA Makes Second Apperance On The Ahkameyimok Podcast
  • Total Number Of First Nations Confirmed Cases In Canada As Of September 3, 2020
  • Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger Is Now Available To Watch For Free

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.

National and First Nation COVID-19 News
‘Sugar Cubes’ And Shower Curtains: Indigenous Students Head Into Uncharted School Territory
September signals the start of a new school year.

But instead of the usual crowded classrooms, students will find themselves adapting to a new normal.

APTN News checked in with educators and First Nations leadership in western and northern Canada to hear how they are preparing for the new normal.

Child Advocates Ring The Alarm As New Report Highlights Unprecedented Impact Of COVID-19
A new report documents how Canadian children have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings of Raising Canada 2020 reveal that many of the top threats to childhood, including mental illness, food insecurity, child abuse, physical inactivity and poverty may be increasing – or are in danger of increasing – because of the pandemic. This report highlights new data related to these threats and points to emerging concerns.

Funding Delay Leaves First Nations Schools Scrambling To Safely Reopen
By now, the halls at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in Thunder Bay are usually filled with the excitement and nerves of anxious students starting a new school year. In 2020, however, the First Nations school is largely empty as it starts its program later and online.

COVID Alert: Canada’s COVID-19 Exposure Notification App
The new COVID Alert app is designed to let Canadians know whether they may have been exposed to COVID-19.
Download it today to protect yourself and others.

The app uses Bluetooth signals to exchange random codes with nearby phones with the app installed.

CMHA Calls On Government To Respond To “Echo Pandemic” 
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused extreme national anxiety with mental health effects like nothing we have seen before. Research suggests that Canadians will still be struggling with their mental health long after a vaccine is available. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has made the case to the federal government that it must act now to respond to an “echo pandemic”. A healthy population and a healthy workforce will only be possible with the right mental health supports.

Opiod Response Update Aug 31, 2020
As we all continue to navigate the health, economic, and social impacts of the rapidly evolving public health situation, we will continue to provide links to information and resources relating to opioids, substance use, vulnerable populations, and developments related to COVID-19 that might be of interest

Marion Crowe, CEO of FNHMA Makes Second Apperance On The Ahkameyimok Podcast
This week on Ahkameyimok, National Chief Perry Bellegarde and Marion Crowe, CEO of First Nations Health Managers Association, discuss best practices for staying safe while heading back to school.

Total Number Of First Nations Confirmed Cases In Canada As Of September 3, 2020
As of September 3, 2020, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) records indicate that there are 459 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on First Nations reserves, in five provinces. There are also 38 hospitalizations, 417 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 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

Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger Is Now Available To Watch For Free
Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger was screened to delegates at the 9th Annual National Conference in November of 2019. It is now available to watch for free on the National Film Board of Canada's website. Alanis Obomsawin's powerful 52nd film tells the story of how the life of Jordan River Anderson initiated a battle for the right of First Nations and Inuit children to receive the same standard of social, health and educational services as the rest of the Canadian population.

Notice of FNHMA Closure
Board of Directors Nominations are still open

The First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA) is accepting nominations for positions on the Board of Directors for one more week!
 
The new deadline for nominations is Friday, September 11, 2020 at 5PM EDT.

  Certified and Candidate Members in good standing are invited to nominate members from their region to sit on the Board of Directors.

The nominees must be prepared to serve a three-year term, commencing Thursday, November 5, 2020, following the Annual General Meeting. To find more information on the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Directors click here.

Please note that nominations will NOT be accepted at the Annual General Meeting.
The results of the election will be presented at the Annual General Meeting on Thursday, November 5, 2020.
 
For more information on submitting your nomination please visit our website
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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