Volume 24 | September 18, 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 17, 2020
  • Feds Stress Caution Over A Second Wave Of COVID-19
  • From Mandatory Masks To Getting Info In Indigenous Languages, N.W.T. Doctors Answer COVID-19 Questions
  • COVID-19 Testing Site For Indigenous People To Open In Toronto
  • First Nations Seek Order Forcing Ministry To Release Data On COVID-19 Cases Near Their Communities
  • Manitoba First Nations On High Alert After Three Probable COVID-19 Cases Identified
  • Beaded COVID-19 Mask Honours Cree and Indigenous Communities' Response To Pandemic

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 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
Total Number Of First Nations Confirmed Cases In Canada As Of September 17, 2020
As of September 17, 2020, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) records indicate that there are 564 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on First Nations reserves, in six provinces. There are also 49 hospitalizations, 476 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.
Feds Stress Caution Over A Second Wave Of COVID-19
Canada’s Indigenous Services minister says he is worried for First Nations communities in the wake of a possible second wave of COVID-19.

With infections resurging across the country, Marc Miller said they are providing both financial and physical support to on-reserve nursing stations and taking extra precautions for remote fly-in communities.

“There are strict protocols that we’ve learned from mistakes in the past to make sure that the nurses aren’t vectors of transmission,” Miller told reporters Wednesday at the Liberal cabinet retreat.

Click here to see the full article
From Mandatory Masks To Getting Info In Indigenous Languages, N.W.T. Doctors Answer COVID-19 Questions
From blanket mandatory mask policies in the N.W.T., to how information can be found in traditional Indigenous languages, the territory's top doctors answered residents' questions Thursday.

N.W.T. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kami Kandola and territorial medical director Dr. Sarah Cook took your questions live Thursday morning on CBC's The Trailbraker with host Loren McGinnis.

Click here to see the full article.
COVID-19 Testing Site For Indigenous People To Open In Toronto
A COVID-19 testing site is opening up for Indigenous people in Toronto, just in time for the cold and flu season. 

"There's not much trust for some Indigenous folks in our health care system because of discriminatory practices or blatant racism," said Steve Teekens, executive director of Na-Me-Res, an emergency shelter and housing organization.

"We have a vacant building here and one of our managers thought this would be a fabulous idea to offer it up as a COVID testing facility for Indigenous people." 

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First Nations Seek Order Forcing Ministry To Release Data On COVID-19 Cases Near Their Communities
A coalition of First Nations is calling for an order forcing the B.C. Ministry of Health to release data on confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases near their communities, saying the province is violating the privacy act and endangering lives by keeping the information private.

The Heiltsuk Nation, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council and Tŝilhqot'in National Government have filed a petition on Monday with the province's privacy commissioner, asking for the order against the ministry.


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Manitoba First Nations On High Alert After Three Probable COVID-19 Cases Identified
Manitoba First Nations are ramping up their safety protocols and working with all levels of government to help mitigate the risk of community COVID-19 spread, after three presumed cases of COVID-19 were identified in two neighbouring Interlake communities this week.

Peguis First Nation leadership announced Friday evening two of its members tested positive for COVID-19 after receiving rapid testing. Earlier in the day, Fisher River Cree Nation reported one of its members also tested positive.

Click here to see the full article
Beaded COVID-19 Mask Honours Cree and Indigenous Communities' Response To Pandemic
A talented beader from northern Quebec has created a COVID-19 mask to pay tribute to how Cree and other Indigenous communities are dealing with the pandemic. 

Flora Weistche, 41, says the mask is also a way to honour Cree elders who have lost their battle with the virus.

"I always make sure there is a story behind the beadwork I do," Weistche said in Cree.

Click here to see the full article
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
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 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.


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