Volume 7 | May 11, 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
  • FNHMA announces: InfoPoint
  • COVID-19 outbreak in 23 First Nations Communities
  • How close First Nations are to reopening and loosening their restrictions
  • How communities in James Bay are coming together to ask for more time from Quebec in loosening restrictions
  • Best practises around status cards during the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • How a COVID-19 outbreak in Northern Saskatchewan is of 'major concern'

See below for more information on these topics.
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 was aired Thursday May 7, 2020 at 1pm EDT.

You can view the May 7th Town Hall Here

The speakers were:

Dr. Nel Wieman, President, Indigneous Physcians Association of Canada
Lea Bill, President, Canadian indigenous Nurses Association
Bonnie Healy, Chair, First Nations information Governance Centre

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
First Nations COVID-19 Cases Undercounted, Says AFN National Chief
Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde says COVID-19 infection rates among First Nations people are undercounted as a result of failures in information sharing between federal, provincial and territorial governments. 

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is reporting that as of May 7 there were 165 cases on reserves across the country, including 17 hospitalizations and two deaths. 

Click Here to read the full article.
ISC Releases List Of Mental Health Supports For First Nations
Mental Health supports for First Nations are vital during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Follow the links to find multiple online resources for First Nations mental health prepared by ISC.

Click to see the update in ENGLISH and in FRENCH
Saskatchewan Indigenous Community ‘Frustrated And Angry’ As It Battles Coronavirus Outbreak
The Dene village of 2,800 people, about 600 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon, is the centre of a large outbreak of COVID-19 . Each day the number of confirmed cases in the area goes up.

As of Friday, there were 136 cases in La Loche and 21 among members of the nearby Clearwater River Dene Nation. The majority of cases are still considered active. So far, two elders who lived in La Loche’s continuing care centre, have died.

Click Here to read the full article
COVID-19 Outbreaks In 23 First Nations Prompt Worries
Federal officials say the next two weeks will be crucial in trying to determine the scope and severity of the spread of COVID-19 in First Nations communities.

Cases of the virus have begun to present within Indigenous communities across Canada, including the first case in Nunavut -- something health officials have been bracing for with concern, given the many vulnerabilities that exist among Indigenous populations.

Click Here to read the full article
First Nations Several Weeks Away From Likely Knowing When Things May Return To Normal
With some provinces looking to ease restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic to get their economies going again, what about First Nations?
There are 135 confirmed cases on-reserve, as of Tuesday, and the number seems to climb every day.
When will First Nations know when they may be able to take down the barricades?

Click Here to read the full article.
'Not Ready' To Reopen: Cree And Non-Indigenous Leaders In James Bay United, Ask For More Time
As some parts of Quebec begin loosening COVID-19 restrictions, the Cree and non-Indigenous Quebecers who live in the James Bay region of the province have a clear and united message — they are not ready to reopen and won't be for several weeks. 

Click Here to read the full article
ISC Releases Infomation On How To Access Services With An Expired Status Cards
In response to questions received from First Nations members, citizens, and stakeholders, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is proactively sharing information to ensure that registered persons with a status card can access programs, services, rights and benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click to see the full update in ENGLISH and FRENCH
COVID 19 Outbreak In Northern Saskatchewan ‘Of Concern’ Says Canada’s Chief Health Officer
Canada’s chief public health officer says a  COVID-19  outbreak gripping Saskatchewan’s far north is an area of concern.

Dr. Theresa Tam  said not only is the region remote, but it’s home to Indigenous communities.

“People are taking it extremely seriously because these are more vulnerable situations,” she said Wednesday during her daily briefing in Ottawa.

Click Here to read 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.

This measure is part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. Financial support will be provided through Aboriginal Financial Institutions and administered by the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association, as well as the Métis Capital Corporations in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada.

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.

This plan will help provide the financial support they need this summer, help them continue their studies in the fall, and help many get the experience they need to start their careers.

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 links to our previous volumes.

Click the links below to see previous Health and Wellness Bulletins.

Click here to see Volume 1 / March 23 issue of the Weekly Health and Wellness Bulletin
Click here to see Volume 2 / March 27 issue of the Weekly Health and Wellness Bulletin
Click here to see Volume 3 / April 7 issue of the Weekly Health and Wellness Bulletin
Click here to see Volume 4 / April15 issue of the Weekly Health and Wellness Bulletin
Click here to see Volume 5 / April 20 issue of the Weekly Health and Wellness Bulletin
Click here to see Volume 6 / May 1 issue of the Weekly Health and Wellness Bulletin
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Supports & Regularly Updated Resources
Bleow is a list of organization who have resources to combat COVID-19. These resources are regualrly updated and are available to view at any time.

Please click the logos 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. The next intake date will be May 11, 2020.

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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