Volume 9 | May 22, 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 will include different and updated information focused on COVID-19.

In this issue, the topics and updates included are:

  • The Weekly Virtual Town Hall
  • Total Number Of Confirmed Cases In Canada
  • Coronavirus: Non-Medical Masks Now Recommended For Canadians, Officials Say
  • PM Offering $75 Million More In COVID-19 Aid To Indigenous People Living Off-Reserve 
  • Measures To Stop Spread Of COVID-19 In First Nations Limited By Lack Of Infrastructure: Report
  • Nipissing First Nation 'Reopening' A Matter Of Health Not Economics
  • How Community Support Played A Role In These First Nations Women's Recoveries From COVID-19
  • Marilyn Slett: Post-COVID-19 'New Normal' Must Not Leave First Nations Behind
  • Manitoba First Nations Add COVID-19 To Worries As Wildfire Season Approaches

See below for more information on these topics.
First Nations Health Managers Association Launches Covid-19 Sharing Resource – InfoPoint
The First Nations Health Managers Association ( FNHMA)  has launched its newest initiative – InfoPoint, an information sharing initiative developed for First Nations health managers.

COVID-19 has created challenges for First Nations health managers in communities across the country. These challenges have given rise to questions without a clear place to ask them. InfoPoint is a help line where First Nations Health Managers may call if they have questions or are searching for resources around COVID-19.

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, May 21, 2020 at 1pm EDT. To view click Here

The speakers were:

NACM Co-Chairs Carol Couchie and Clair Dion Fletcher , National Aboriginal Council of Midwives
Dr. Brenda Restoule , CEO, First Peoples Wellness Circle
Carol Hopkins , CEO, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation

To view past Virtual Town Halls Click Here.
National and First Nation COVID-19 News
Total Number Of Confirmed Cases In Canada
This report is a breakdown of all known cases in Canada based on province. Keeping up to date on the current COVID-19 cases can help you decide on what actions to take for yourself and your community.

Click Here  to see the full  Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update page.
Coronavirus: Non-Medical Masks Now Recommended For Canadians, Officials Say
As many provinces across Canada begin to loosen public health restrictions and gradually open their economies, federal public health officials are now officially recommending that people wear non-medical masks to help protect others from the novel coronavirus in situations where physical distancing isn’t possible.

Click Here to see the full article
PM Offering $75 Million More In COVID-19 Aid To Indigenous People Living Off-Reserve 
The federal government is increasing the amount of funding aimed at Indigenous people in Canada who are living off-reserve, adding $75 million to the existing Indigenous Community Support Fund, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Thursday. 
On March 18, the government created a $305 million Indigenous Community Support Fund , which included $15 million for regional, urban and off-reserve Indigenous organizations.

Click Here to see the full article
Measures To Stop Spread Of COVID-19 In First Nations Limited By Lack Of Infrastructure: Report
Suggested measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 won't be effective in remote Manitoba First Nations unless housing conditions and access to clean water are improved, says a new report.
"Asking people to wash their hands and isolate in overcrowded homes without running water is like asking people unable to afford bread to eat cake," reads the report,  released Wednesday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives  (CCPA).

Click Here to see the full article
Nipissing First Nation 'Reopening' A Matter Of Health Not Economics
Nipissing First Nation will open at its own pace — while taking cues from the provincial government on certain matters, such as education and childcare.
This from Chief Scott McLeod, who says the geography and demographics of NFN played a part in how much was really closed during the COVID-19 pandemic in the first place. McLeod points out truly closing the community is near impossible and NFN focused instead on hygiene and physical distancing messaging.

Click Here to see the full article
How Community Support Played A Role In These First Nations Women's Recoveries From COVID-19
While the number of COVID-19 cases on reserves continues to climb, Indigenous Services Canada reports the majority are considered recovered.

As of May 18, the department reports 134 out of 194 confirmed cases have recovered. CBC News spoke with three First Nations women in Quebec and Ontario about their experiences being among the first people in their communities to contract the virus.

Click Here to see the full article
Marilyn Slett: Post-COVID-19 'New Normal' Must Not Leave First Nations Behind
As B.C. moves closer to restarting our economy post COVID-19 lockdown, it is imperative that in rethinking the “new normal” First Nations coastal communities not be left behind.

As coastal First Nations, we are facing a challenging summer. Our small eco-tourism businesses have been hard hit by the closures needed to protect our people from the deadly virus. Our fish harvesting, processing, and shellfish plant operations, which provide jobs for many, have been derailed by restaurant market closures worldwide.

Click Here to see the full article
Manitoba First Nations Add COVID-19 To Worries As Wildfire Season Approaches
The chief of a northern Manitoba First Nation says she's already worried the summer wildfire season could bring more than just smoke to her community.

St. Theresa Point Chief Marie Wood says evacuations are always nerve-racking for many who live in the community of about 4,000 people. But this year, the risk of evacuees being exposed to COVID-19, and bringing it back to the isolated First Nation, adds to the stress.

Click Here to see the full article
Accessing Additional Support Funds
Relief Measures For Indigenous Businesses
The Government of Canada will provide up to $306.8 million in short-term, interest-free loans and non-repayable contributions for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis businesses.

Click Here to find more information
Support For Students And New Grads Affected By COVID-19
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced a comprehensive support of nearly $9 billion for post-secondary students and recent graduates.

Click Here to find more information
COVID-19: First Nations Community Guide On Accessing Additional Supports
Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is working closely with First Nation partners, the Public Health Agency of Canada, other departments to protect the health and safety of First Nations.
 
For more information please Click Here or to download the PDF that includes important information about accessing supports.
 
Details On The Indigenous Community Support Fund
On March 18, the Government of Canada announced a series of economic measures which included $305 million for a new Indigenous Community Support Fund.

Visit the Indigenous Community Support Fund page for more information.
 
Click here to see the PDF version in both English and French.
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 page of resources and information for COVID-19 awareness and preperation.

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


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