Volume 13 | June 26, 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:

  • 60% of Indigenous People Say Mental Health Is Worse Due To COVID-19: Survey
  • 'Mixed Feelings' As Some Northern Ontario First Nations Ease Border Restrictions
  • Rainy River First Nations COVID-19 Test Being Redone
  • Indigenous Services Eyeing Canadian Trial Of Antiviral Drug That Could Prevent COVID-19
  • Northern Ontario Fly-In First Nation Faces 'Crisis Within A Crisis' After Second COVID-19 Case
  • Bland: How 10 Small Cree Communities Have Led Quebec’s COVID-19 Response
  • Total Number of First Nations Confirmed Cases In Canada As Of June 19
  • CERB Payments To Be Extended For 2 More Months

See below for more information on these topics.
FNHMA Weekly Virtual Town Hall
The FNHMA Weekly Virtual Town Halls are going on an extended break! Thank you for tuning in to watch these past 13 weeks!

FNHMA will be resharing all previous Town Halls. Be on the lookout for the upcoming schedule!


The last Town Hall Session aired Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 1pm EDT. To view click Here

The speakers were:

  • Pamela Wolfe-Roberge, Director, Communicable Disease Contrtol Division, FNIHB/ Indigenous Services Canada
  • Kyle Prettyshield, CFNHM, Executive Director, Health and Social Services Development Secretariat, Federation of Soverign Indigenous Nations
  • David Pratt, Vice Chief, Federation of Soverign Indigenous Nations 
  • Hosted and Moderated by Marion Crowe, CEO, FNHMA

To view past Virtual Town Halls Click Here.
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.
National and First Nation COVID-19 News
60% of Indigenous People Say Mental Health Is Worse Due To COVID-19: Survey
Canadians have been cooped up at home since the novel  coronavirus  pandemic first started in March, and  there’s ample evidence to show  the circumstances have had a negative impact on  mental health .
Now,  a new survey by Statistics Canada  focuses on the mental health of Indigenous people ⁠— and it’s clear the impact of COVID-19 has been severe.

Sixty per cent of  Indigenous  people say their mental health has worsened since the onset of physical distancing measures. Forty-six per cent of Indigenous women and 32 per cent of Indigenous men describe most of their days as “quite a bit stressful” or “extremely stressful.”


Click Here to see the full article
'Mixed Feelings' As Some Northern Ontario First Nations Ease Border Restrictions
Some First Nations in northeastern Ontario have re-opened their borders as COVID-19 numbers drop, others are keeping checkpoints up but allowing more people to travel through them. 

M'Chigeeng was stopping traffic on provincial highways in and out of the Manitoulin Island community until last week. 


Click Here to see the full article
Rainy River First Nations COVID-19 Test Being Redone
A member of Rainy River First Nations is being re-tested for COVID-19 after a review called the results of an earlier test into question.
The community this week reported it had one positive COVID-19 case.


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Indigenous Services Eyeing Canadian Trial Of Antiviral Drug That Could Prevent COVID-19
Indigenous Services Canada is watching for the results of the world's first trial to determine whether an antiviral medication developed in Japan could be used to prevent COVID-19, according to a letter provided to CBC News.
The potential of favipiravir, which received clearance from Health Canada for trial on May 18, has the attention of the department's First Nation and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB), according to the letter written by a senior federal official.


Click Here to see the full article
Northern Ontario Fly-In First Nation Faces 'Crisis Within A Crisis' After Second COVID-19 Case
A fly-in First Nation in northern Ontario has its second case of COVID-19, creating a "crisis within a crisis" in the community, which is already reeling from the deaths of three members since Sunday, according to the community's leadership.
Eabametoong First Nation Chief Harvey Yesno said the case is extremely worrying because it involves an 80-year-old elder who was mostly homebound, meaning the virus was transmitted to him from someone in the community. 


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Bland: How 10 Small Cree Communities Have Led Quebec’s COVID-19 Response
Three months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the northern Quebec territory of Eeyou Istchee (“The People’s Land” in Cree) has the lowest rate of confirmed cases in the province. It is also the only one of Quebec’s 18 regions without any reported cases of community transmission of the virus.

How have the 10 small communities of Eeyou Istchee, total population 18,000, managed this?


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Total Number of First Nations Confirmed Cases In Canada As Of June 19
As of June 7, 2020, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) records indicate that there are over 225 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on First Nations reserves, in five provinces. 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.
CERB Payments To Be Extended For 2 More Months
The Canada emergency response benefit (CERB) is being extended by two more months, even as the government encourages people to look for jobs and to go back to work when it's possible to do so.
CERB has provided taxable payments of $2,000 for up to four months to Canadians who lost income because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Click Here to see the full article
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).

The Government of Canada's response to COVID-19 complements and is integrated into the broader pandemic public health and safety measures of the provinces and territories.

In order to support First Nations in preparing for and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic the government recently announced 2 funding tracks through which First Nations communities can access a number of resources.


Click Here to read the full First Nations community guide on accessing additional supports
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.
FNHMA Updates
Notice of External Job Opportunities

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


IMPORTANT NOTICE for FNHMA Working Hours

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

FNHMA has a number of resources available online relating to COVID-19 awareness and prevention.

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


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