Volume 14 | July 3, 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:

  • Meet 3 Indigenous Health-care Workers Helping Keep Northern Communities Safe
  • This Poem By 13-Year-Old Preston Gabriel Reflects On How COVID-19 Is Changing The World
  • Few Flights And High Prices Burst Northern Travel Bubble For Some 
  • Matawa First Nations Requesting Additional Funds To Support Students Return To School In September
  • Number Of People ‘Under Investigation’ For Possible COVID-19 On Siksika Nation Has Tripled
  • Total Number of First Nations Confirmed Cases In Canada As Of July 3
  • Haida Nation Commences 3-Week Period To Review Provincial Impact Of Phase 3

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.

Check the FNHMA Facebook Page every Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm to watch the re-runs of our Virtual Town Halls!

The first rerun will be Tuesday July 7 at 1pm!

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
Meet 3 Indigenous Health-care Workers Helping Keep Northern Communities Safe
Through the month of June CBC Indigenous has been sharing stories from Indigenous health-care workers across the country about their jobs, why they got into health care and how they have been responding to COVID-19. 

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This Poem By 13-Year-Old Preston Gabriel Reflects On How COVID-19 Is Changing The World
Preston Gabriel is a 13-year-old Okanagan Indigenous writer from Oliver, B.C. She has been writing since she was 12 years old. She is often inspired by an image in her mind, and then the words flow from the image. Her writing style is a combination of poetry and expressive storytelling. As well as writing, Gabriel plays hockey and enjoys music.
In 2019, Gabriel received first place in the emerging artist category for youth ages 10-13 of the Indigenous Arts & Stories contest, presented annually by Historica Canada, for her writing piece Lost Without It

Click Here to read the full article
Few Flights And High Prices Burst Northern Travel Bubble For Some 
When Rachel Marin heard about the N.W.T.-Nunavut travel bubble, she thought her summer was saved. Though she's lived in Yellowknife since 2001, she loves returning to her home town, Rankin Inlet. 

"I was like, 'Wow this is so awesome!'" she said. "It's pretty neat to have this [COVID-19-] free zone that you can travel in." 

The mood shifted when she found out that the only airline with scheduled flights between the two territories is still running far fewer flights, at higher costs to customers. 

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Matawa First Nations Requesting Additional Funds To Support Students Return To School In September
The Matawa Chiefs Council is requesting the federal government to provide emergency supplementary funding to support ongoing costs and new measures to ensure the safe return of students in September, according to a press release on Wednesday.

The chiefs council said the government has not made funding available nor answered questions about COVID-19 mitigation in First Nations schools, despite multiple requests.

Chief Harvey Yesno from Eabametoong First Nation said the request is urgent.

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Number Of People ‘Under Investigation’ For Possible COVID-19 On Siksika Nation Has Tripled
Health officials on the  Siksika First Nation  are recommending additional public health restrictions after a new  COVID-19  case cluster was identified on Tuesday.

Almost 80 nation members are currently in isolation, as health officials on the reserve work to contain the spread.

Community member Alayna Doore said her teenage son and mother tested positive weeks ago and both have since made a full recovery.

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Total Number of First Nations Confirmed Cases In Canada As Of July 3
As of July 3, 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.
Haida Nation Commences 3-Week Period To Review Provincial Impact Of Phase 3
The Council of the Haida Nation (CHN) has shared more information about its COVID-19 recovery plan, including the implementation of a three-week period to review the impact phase three of the B.C. Restart Plan has on the rest of the province.

In an update on June 26, the CHN confirmed it had commenced the three-week “risk assessment and consultation period” together with all island communities, following the announcement on June 24 by Premier John Horgan and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry that phase three of the provincial restart plan was ready.

Click Here to read 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).

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 as well as Indigenous Health Today have a number of resources available online relating to COVID-19 awareness and prevention.

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

Click here to view the Inidgenous Health Today website.


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