Volume 28 | October 16, 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 October 15, 2020
  • Manitoba Chief Calls Increasing COVID-19 Cases On Reserves A ‘Wake-Up Call’
  • NT Government: Public Health Emergency Extended Through October 27
  • Isolation Tents, Red Cross Deployed To Manitoba First Nations Battling COVID-19
  • Yukon Government COVID-19 Update
  • Ontario Ignores Its Own Advice, Presses First Nations To Consult On Ring Of Fire Road During COVID-19
  • COVID-19: 25 New Cases In Sask. As Outbreak Declared On Red Earth Cree Nation
  • Northern Ontario Benefits From New COVID-19 Rapid-Testing Technology
  • Stanley Mission, Sask., Sets Up Roadblocks, Curfew After 6 Cases Of COVID-19 Found In Community

See below for more information on these topics.
FNHMA Weekly Virtual Town Hall and 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

The FNHMA Virtual Town Halls have returned for another 12 weeks. You can watch the Town Hall live on Thursday, October 22, 2020.

Please keep a look out for more information.

To view past Virtual Town Halls Click Here.
National and First Nation COVID-19 News
Total Number Of First Nations Confirmed Cases In Canada As Of October 15, 2020
As of October 15, 2020, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) records indicate that there are 924 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on First Nations reserves, in six provinces. There are also 67 hospitalizations, 706 recovered cases, and 13 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.
Manitoba Chief Calls Increasing COVID-19 Cases On Reserves A ‘Wake-Up Call’
A COVID-19 outbreak at a fly-in reserve in Manitoba and increasing infections in First Nations populations in the province has leaders worried. “It’s a wake-up call for all of us,” said Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas.

The First Nations population in Manitoba was largely spared of infections earlier this year during the first wave of COVID-19, as leaders imposed travel restrictions and lockdowns. But Dumas said the initial success “allowed for a bit of apathy to creep in.”

There have been 179 COVID-19 cases among First Nations people in Manitoba, with most in the last few weeks, according to the Manitoba First Nations COVID-19 Pandemic Response Coordination Team.

Click here to see the full article.
NT Government: Public Health Emergency Extended Through October 27
Minister of Health and Social Services, Julie Green has extended the territory-wide Public Health Emergency under the Northwest Territories’ Public Health Act on the advice of Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) Dr. Kami Kandola

The latest extension continues through October 27, 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated considerably across Canada in recent weeks as the country’s caseload surged to its highest point in the pandemic.

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Isolation Tents, Red Cross Deployed To Manitoba First Nations Battling COVID-19
Sunshine Bushie and her three children aren't leaving their home in Little Grand Rapids First Nation.

More than 30 people on the Manitoba fly-in reserve have tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak has triggered a special response from the federal government.

Ottawa has set up two special isolation tents on the reserve and the Canadian Red Cross had a team in the community this weekend.

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Yukon Government COVID-19 Update
The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures underway in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of October 14, at 11 a.m., the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 15. Everyone has recovered. They have tested 3,635 people. COVID-19 Testing Centre

Click here to learn more
Ontario Ignores Its Own Advice, Presses First Nations To Consult On Ring Of Fire Road During COVID-19
An 'operational guide' from Ontario's Ministry of Indigenous Affairs tells other ministries to delay or defer non-urgent projects that impact First Nations treaty rights during the pandemic, but at least one mining-related project is moving ahead.

On Oct. 13, the consultation period for part of the environmental assessment for a supply road in the Ring of Fire mineral development region in northern Ontario was set to close, despite concerns raised by Neskantaga First Nation. It told the provincial government in September that it could not engage in the process in a meaningful way because of the pandemic.

Advancing resource extraction projects during a pandemic is an example of governments and industry using health crisis in First Nations to their advantage, according to Riley Yesno, a research fellow at the Yellowhead Institute.

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COVID-19: 25 New Cases In Sask. As Outbreak Declared On Red Earth Cree Nation
Saskatchewan reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday across numerous regions in the province as the provincial government continues to warn people of increased community transmission.

The spread of COVID-19 sparked by large gatherings has led to at least 40 active cases on First Nations communities in northern Saskatchewan, as the province reported 25 new cases on Wednesday and an outbreak was declared on Red Earth Cree Nation. The new cases are in the Far North East (four), North Central (five), North East (seven), Saskatoon (four), Central East (one), Regina (three), and South East (one) zones. This brings the province’s active case count up to 254.

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Northern Ontario Benefits From New COVID-19 Rapid-Testing Technology
Test program began three-months ago, but other groups are buying in.

Industry and business has responded well to a new Canadian COVID-19 test device that was first put into action at a Northern Ontario gold mine just three months ago.

The portable device, about the size of a bread toaster, is the SARS-CoV-2 Real-Time RT-PCR, distributed by Precision Biomonitoring of Guelph. It was approved by Health Canada on June 30. Two weeks later on July 13, the first test kit was used at the New Gold Inc. mine near Rainy River.

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Stanley Mission, Sask., Sets Up Roadblocks, Curfew After 6 Cases Of COVID-19 Found In Community
A First Nation in northern Saskatchewan has closed many of its buildings and blocked the road into the community after an increase in COVID-19 cases.

The Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB) has reported six confirmed cases, with 92 close contacts to those who tested positive.

Of those close contacts, 87 live in Stanley Mission. Eighty of them have tested negative for COVID-19, with seven tests pending.

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Flu And COVID-19 #StopTheSpread
There are many similarities between influenza (flu) and COVID-19. Both are contagious respiratory diseases, and certain populations including older adults, Black and Hispanic persons, and individuals with chronic health conditions are at high-risk for complications from both diseases.

Many of the steps that help stop the spread of COVID-19 can also help protect against flu, but the best way to help prevent flu is to get vaccinated every year. Flu vaccination is especially important this year to help protect individuals and prevent additional strain on an already overburdened healthcare system. Check with your local community health nurse to see when the flu vaccine will be available to you.
Launch of Canadian Contact Tracing Training
The Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada are pleased to announce the release of the three new courses to support training of Canadian contact tracers:
1) Introduction to Contact Tracing
This introductory course looks at the who, what, when, why, and how of contact tracing. This course is intended for public health volunteers and professionals who will support contact tracing activities and who have no previous training in contact tracing.
Estimated time to complete: 60-90 minutes

2) Introduction to Case Interviewing
This course provides a general introduction to interviewing best practices and aims to leave participants comfortable with conducting public health interviews.
Estimated time to complete: 60-90 minutes
3) Introduction to Public Health in Canada
This module provides an overview of public health in Canada, including key roles and functions, history, scope, and jurisdictional considerations. The course may be used to provide public health context for training on other topics.
Estimated time to complete: 40 minutes
To register for any of these courses as part of the Contract Tracing Learning Path, please visit https://training-formation.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ and click on “Health Emergency Management”.
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.
Accessing Additional Support Funds
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
This funding opportunity will support projects relevant to one or more of the following research areas:
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Understanding and Experience with Respect to COVID-19, including cultural responses grounded in Indigenous Knowledges and self-determination; intersections with, and impact on, on-going health, social, economic and climate crises; and/or perspectives of (or participation in) vaccine research, sero-surveillance studies, and clinical trials.
  • Delivering COVID-19 Testing, Contact Tracing, Self-Isolation and Other Management Practices, and Policies Related to Indigenous Peoples and the COVID-19 Pandemic, including culturally safe approaches and challenges.
  • Culturally Safe COVID-19 Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery for Indigenous Peoples, including design and delivery of programs and services that are grounded in Indigenous Knowledges, self-determination, and local community context.

For more information and to apply, please 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.

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 resources and provides recent news updates via email.

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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.
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