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Edition No 10: COVID-19 Bulletin for First Nations and Indigenous Communities May 29, 2020

From:                  Isadore Day, CEO – Bimaadzwin Inc To:                        First Nation and Indigenous Communities Date:                    Friday. May 29, 2020 Re:                         COVID19 Weekly Publication – Issue #010 Welcome to the tenth edition of our weekly COVID-19 Bulletin for First Nations and Indigenous peoples. Every week, Bimaadzwin […]

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Ontario Opens Up COVID-19 Testing Across the Province

Strategy Expands Testing for General Public, Frontline Workers, First Responders and Workplaces May 29, 2020 TORONTO — As the province carefully and gradually reopens the economy, the Ontario government is implementing the next phase of its COVID-19 testing strategy to detect and quickly stop the spread of the virus. Testing will now be available to […]

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CINA’s Nominate a Nurse or Midwife Campaign is now open!

Help us recognize amazing Indigenous nurses and midwives across Canada in 2020. Nominate someone you know (or yourself!) to be featured in CINA’s campaign. We will be featuring a different Indigenous nurse or midwife each month from June 2020 through December 2020. Submit your nominations to info@indigenousnurses.ca and answer the following questions: What is the name […]

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AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Says Today’s Funding is Much Needed to Continue the Fight against COVID-19

AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Says Today’s Funding is Much Needed to Continue the Fight against COVID-19 May 29, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde says the Prime Minister’s announcement of new funding to fight COVID-19 in First Nations is much needed and welcome. Increased investments in health […]

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Another $650M in COVID-19 aid bound for Indigenous communities, minister says – CTV News

May 29, 2020 OTTAWA — Federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says the federal government will spend another $650 million to help Indigenous communities cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Of this, $285 million is new funding to support rapid public health responses in Indigenous communities when faced with an oubreak of the virus. This money […]

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Coronavirus live updates: Quebec surpasses 50,000 cases; records 61 new deaths – Montreal Gazette

Top updates Canada reaches 88,856 cases, 6,918 deaths Provinces report rise in opioid overdose deaths No new taxes, Quebec finance minister pledges COVID-19 claims life of fifth Quebec health care worker Quebec records 61 new deaths, surpasses 50,000 cases Trudeau pledges help with care centres, and 10 sick days a year Canada extends ban on […]

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20 million masks to be distributed to Albertans

Government’s relaunch strategy includes providing free non-medical masks to Albertans who need them. A&W, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Ltd. and Tim Hortons are partnering with the Alberta government to distribute non-medical masks at no cost through their drive-thru locations across the province, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Distribution will start in early June. […]

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Province Appoints Regional Health Authority Board Members

New Appointees Support Provision of Quality Health Care Across Manitoba: Friesen The Manitoba government has made several new appointments and reappointments to the boards of the five regional health authorities, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen announced today. “Regional board members are crucial to ensuring the provision of safe, quality care and guide […]

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Medical Officer of Health Rescinding Order for Beach Closures in Grey Bruce

The Grey Bruce Health Unit Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Ian Arra, is rescinding the Order of May 14, 2020 that required municipalities to close all beaches in Grey and Bruce Counties. This Order is effective today, Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. The risk of COVID-19 transmission and community spread remains. To address […]

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Construction workers coming to Nunavut must complete 14-day isolation first – Nunatsiaq News

29 May 2020 Minister says 400 to 500 workers will come to Nunavut this season to work in 19 communities All construction workers coming to Nunavut this season will need to self-isolate in a southern hotel before doing so, says the Government of Nunavut. This falls in line with the GN’s COVID-19 travel restrictions, which […]

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NU Government: COVID-19 Department of Health Services update

Department of Health Services, May 28, 2020 Chief Public Health Officer update Good morning. I’d like to take this opportunity to clarify the conditions required in order for us to consider altering the current border measures in place. I have previously indicated that the border restrictions currently in place will likely be among the final […]

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Media advisory: Technical Briefing on COVID-19 in Indigenous Communities

Ottawa, Ontario — Please be advised that the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, Valerie Gideon, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for Indigenous Services Canada, Mary-Luisa Kapelus, Assistant Deputy Minister for Indigenous Services Canada, and Dr. Tom Wong, Chief Medical Officer of Public Health, will lead a Technical Briefing on prevention and preparedness for COVID-19 […]

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TNG: May 28, 2020 – COVID-19 Update #36

TNG remains committed to keeping our employees and the communities we serve safe. Therefore, we are sharing the following information. Confirmed Cases As the virus continues to spread throughout BC and Canada, we are calling on everyone to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by continuing to practice social distancing and following […]

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Prime Minister announces additional funding for health, economic, and social support for Indigenous peoples and communities

May 29, 2020 COVID-19 has further highlighted many existing challenges already facing Indigenous peoples, particularly those who live in remote areas. The Government of Canada is working with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities to support their immediate public health response, with the flexibility to address their specific needs through community-led solutions, while also identifying […]

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Health authority launches virtual program for Indigenous people – Oliver Chronicle

May 28, 2020 The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) has announced the launch of a virtual health care program for B.C. Indigenous people unable to access in-person care. The program provides virtual doctors’ appointments, either over the phone or over a video conferencing session. The service currently has 31 doctors on staff, including 10 of […]

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Canada now recommending use of non-medical masks in public

Credit:CTV News Finance parliamentary secretary Sean Fraser discusses why health officials are now recommending that Canadians wear non-medical masks.

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LMG Temporary Closure

May 28, 2020 Due to the current situation across the bridge, the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government will be closing all offices from Thursday, May 28, 2020, at noon (today) until Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. The Unified Command will reassess the situation on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, and LMG Communications will continue to keep […]

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AFNQL: Concrete solutions to put an end to a broken system and systemic racism against First Nations children

Wendake, Thursday, May 28, 2020 – Despite the unexpected suspension of the work of the Special Commission on the Rights of the Child and Youth Protection (Laurent Commission) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) and the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) are […]

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Heiltsuk Tribal Council: Updated Travel Restrictions as of June 1, 2020

Travel Restrictions to and from Bella Bella as of June 1, 2020 As of June 1st, 2020, parts of the extended travel ban are revised as set out below. This travel ban does not include essential services such as medical staff, medical emergencies evacuations, RCMP, and HTC authorized travel. Heiltsuk members and/or residents of Heiltsuk Territory […]

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LMG: Possible Exposure to COVID-19

May 28, 2020 Three recently confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Campbellton region are now established as travel-related cases. The newest case is an individual between 50 and 59 in Zone 5. The previous two confirmed cases include an individual over 90 and another individual under 19. Public Health officials in New Brunswick are conducting […]

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Sask. has most Indigenous COVID-19 cases in Canada, two different counts find – CBC

Researchers say province has had 241 cases in Indigenous communities May 27, 2020 Two sets of numbers, compiled using different methodologies, indicate Saskatchewan has the most Indigenous COVID-19 cases in Canada. Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) only tracks on-reserve numbers. As of Tuesday, it said Saskatchewan had 49 of the 212 total cases in Canada. Ontario […]

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Tahltan Nation COVID-19 Emergency Management Update 05/27

May 27, 2020 Seabridge Gold Update During this unprecedented time as part of our social commitment, Seabridge Gold is proud to be supporting the three Tahltan Communities – Dease Lake, Iskut and Telegraph Creek – in their fight against COVID-19. Dease Lake Update The Dease Lake Emergency Management Committee continues to meet weekly as we […]

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Nunavik organizations plan a cautious re-opening – Nunatsiaq News

27 May 2020 “It’s an advantage to be an isolated region. We have that control.” Nunavik will be gradually easing COVID-19 restrictions in the weeks to come, but regional organizations are asking residents to be patient. The region has been more or less on lockdown since March 23, with all commercial flights to its 14 […]

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First Nations doing ‘amazing job’ of protecting citizens says Federal health minister – Anishinabek News

OTTAWA — Federal Minister of Health, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, spoke about the importance of ensuring First Nations in the Thunder Bay-Superior North riding have supports in place to protect citizens during a May 21 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic update. Her riding includes the Northern Superior Region communities of Namaygoosisagagun, Red Rock Indian Band, […]

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TeleSense Canada and Makwa Wise Officially Establish a Partnership Through MAKWASENSE, the First Virtual Integrated Family Functional Healthcare Platform

The MAKWASENSE platform is supported fully through residential point-of-care instrumentation, responding to orphan/abandoned-families. THORNHILL, Ontario, May 28, 2020 – This partnership between Makwa Wise and TeleSense Canada comes out of the founders, Dr. Roger A. Boyer II and Michael Haddad’s, passion to establish a trauma-informed and culturally humble healthcare team to respond to the physical, […]

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BC Government: Provincial state of emergency extended in COVID-19 response

May 27, 2020 VICTORIA – The provincial state of emergency is being extended an additional two weeks to support continued co-ordination of B.C.’s COVID-19 response. “We are now in the longest state of emergency in our province’s history, and British Columbians everywhere have shown we have what it takes to persevere through these challenging times,” […]

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AFOA Canada 21st National Conference Postponed “You Matter”

AFOA Canada 21st National Conference Postponed “You Matter” AFOA CANADA BULLETIN May 28, 2020 SUMMARY: You Matter! The health and safety of AFOA Canada’s members, delegates, business partners, stakeholders and communities are the over-riding priority for AFOA Canada. AFOA Canada made the decision to postpone the 21st National Conference originally scheduled for October 27 – […]

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Off-reserve Indigenous groups to share $75M more in federal support

Credit:The Canadian Press The federal government is hiking payments to agencies serving Indigenous people who live in cities and off reserves to help them through the COVID-19 pandemic. Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says the money will assist with everything from shelter services to mental-health aid to food assistance for some of the most marginalized […]

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UBCIC Responds to Alberta Energy Minister’s Cavalier Commentary Regarding Ease of Building TMX During Pandemic

((Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – May 27, 2020) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) responded to Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage’s recent comments on the ease of building the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project (TMX) during a pandemic because of limits on gatherings of more than 15 people in Alberta. […]

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NB Government: One new case of COVID-19; Zone 5 transitioning back to Orange level

27 May 2020 FREDERICTON (GNB) – Zone 5 (Campbellton region) is transitioning back to Orange level under the province’s COVID-19 recovery plan immediately. Three recent confirmed cases of COVID-19 are now established as travel-related cases. The newest case is an individual between 50 and 59 in Zone 5. The previous two confirmed cases include an […]

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TFN Chief Ken Baird Message for May 27, 2020

May 27, 2020 This is an update from Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Ken Baird, on behalf of Executive Council, about the TFN Government’s recent and historic Zoom Legislature Meetings, as well as the ongoing response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. WEDNESDAY MAY 27 VIDEO TRANSCRIPT FROM CHIEF KEN BAIRD Good Morning everybody. Before I begin, I […]

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U of Winnipeg: Undergrad MRI researcher to present at virtual conference

Melissa Anderson will be presenting her undergraduate research to an international community at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) scientific meeting, taking place online August 8 – 15. Originally set to take place in Sydney, Australia, the virtual conference has moved online. Anderson, an honours physics student, will be the only Manitoban […]

by ahnationtalk on May 27, 202040 Views

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Staying strong during tough times with the “medicine of resilience” – FNHA

​​​​As Indigenous people, we can draw on our intergenerational resilience We would probably all agree that the year 2020 is not going to win any popularity contests! BC was already in the middle of one public health emergency – the opioid overdose crisis – when we were hit with another one – the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

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Crown will not appeal Maurice Johnson verdict

27 May 2020 FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following statement was released today by Pierre Roussel, director of Public Prosecutions: Following a thorough review, provincial Crown prosecutors will not appeal the April 28 acquittal of Maurice Johnson following his trial on a hit and run charge. The acquittal of Johnson in this case has raised many […]

by ahnationtalk on May 27, 202036 Views

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Dozens attend pop-up COVID-19 testing centre, officials plan more in the future – CTV News

May 26, 2020 KITCHENER — A pop-up testing site for COVID-19 in Waterloo Region has been successful after its first three sessions, meaning more could be on the way. Officials say the site at the KW Urban Native Wigwam Project on Frederick Street in Kitchener, was open to anyone who showed up, but it was […]

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Ontario Extending Emergency Orders During COVID-19 Outbreak

Public health and safety remain top priorities May 27, 2020 TORONTO — The Ontario government continues to protect the health and safety of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak by extending all emergency orders in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Current emergency orders include the closure of outdoor […]

by ahnationtalk on May 27, 202023 Views

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YT Government – May 26, 2020: COVID-19 update

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 cases and recoveries As of today, May 26, at 2 p.m. the case count remains at 11 cases of COVID-19 in the territory. All of the 11 […]

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GNWT Extends Territorial Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency

The territory-wide Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency have been extended in the Northwest Territories. Both extensions will take effect as of May 27, 2020 and expire on June 9, 2020. Minister of Health and Social Services Diane Thom extended the territory-wide Public Health Emergency under the Northwest Territories Public Health Act on the […]

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First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day Service Provides Culturally-Safe Primary Care for First Nations People in BC

Coast Salish Territory – The First Nations Health Authority’s (FNHA) accelerated launch of the First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day program ensures primary health care remains accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic to all First Nations people living in British Columbia. The program—created in partnership with the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) — provides […]

by ahnationtalk on May 26, 202060 Views

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Squamish Nation Notice: COVID-19 Care Packages

Prawns were harvested May 9-19, 2020 in Howe Sound For our Food, Social & Ceremonial Use (Processed and frozen in sea water immediately on boat) On-Reserve Delivery: Locations: Squamish Valley North Vancouver Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Time: 11:00 am – 4:30 pm IMPORTANT: FOR EVERYONE’S HEALTH AND SAFETY, PLEASE STAY IN YOUR HOMES DURING […]

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TNG: May 25, 2020 – COVID-19 Update #34

TNG remains committed to keeping our employees and the communities we serve safe. Therefore, we are sharing the following information. Effective today, May 25, 2020, the TNG EOC will be activating at an EOC Response Level 1. TNG will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and share information as necessary. TNG is prepared to re-activate […]

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Indigenous Peoples Confronting the Pandemic: Nīsōhkamātowin wāhiyaw itōhtēmakan

Indigenous Peoples Confronting the Pandemic: Nīsōhkamātowin wāhiyaw itōhtēmakan When they heard the first reports of the coronavirus outbreak, leaders in the Pasqua First Nation in western Canada became worried about what would happen if the disease spread to their community. In early January they began to prepare for the worst. Pasqua Chief Todd Peigan recently […]

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Save the Children Canada and GSK Address Mental Health Concerns of Children Affected by Cat Lake Crisis in Northern Ontario

TORONTO, May 26, 2020- Children aged 8-14 from the Cat Lake First Nation in Northern Ontario have written and produced a music video called “Run Free”, a song about love, togetherness, family values and connection to nature. For over a year, residents in Cat Lake First Nation have lived through a public health and housing […]

by ahnationtalk on May 26, 202098 Views

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Montreal’s reopening increases COVID-19 risks for homeless, says Indigenous coalition – Nunatsiaq News

“The spread of the virus in our sector is only beginning to peak” 26 May 2020 Retail stores opened yesterday in Montreal, but a coalition of the city’s Indigenous groups says it’s much too early to ease up on pandemic restrictions while homeless First Nations, Inuit and Métis remain at high risk of contracting COVID-19. […]

by ahnationtalk on May 26, 202056 Views

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Even as Canada reopens, children in foster care endure long separations – National Post

TORONTO — Children in Canada’s foster care homes have gone weeks without being able to see their parents in person and plans for safe reunions are still uncertain, according to child protection lawyers, even as stores, hair salons and some day care centers begin to reopen. Provincial governments, which suspended most visits in late March […]

by ahnationtalk on May 26, 202028 Views

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Study: Indigenous people in urban areas: Vulnerabilities to the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19

A new study provides insight into vulnerabilities to the socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic among Indigenous people living in urban areas. The study provides information on key aspects of economic well-being for the close to one million First Nations people, Métis and Inuit living in these areas (off reserve), including poverty, food security and the […]

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Question period: Parliament partially reconvenes amid COVID-19 pandemic

Credit:CBC News Some federal ministers are in Parliament today to participate in question period for the first time since the pandemic began.

by pmnationtalk on May 25, 202055 Views

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MNO Movement for Masks

The Métis people have long been celebrated for their artistry, creativity and the ability to make the most of limited resources in challenging times. In the face of the current COVID-19 pandemic, some Métis citizens have been setting aside their beadwork, finger-weaving, and embroidery in favour of a new, much needed, project: mask-making. What began […]

by ahnationtalk on May 25, 202082 Views

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Beaches closed on Beausoleil First Nation’s three Georgian Bay islands – simcoe.com

All beaches on Beausoleil First Nation territory — including Christian, Beckwith and Hope islands, as well as Cedar Point — are closed until further notice as a COVID-19 protection measure. “Beausoleil First Nation is still operating under a state of emergency,” according to a May 14 press release. This council order will be strictly enforced, […]

by ahnationtalk on May 25, 202022 Views

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NU Government: COVID-19 Department of Health Services update

Good morning. These past two months have not been easy, and all Nunavummiut have had to make sacrifices. However, thanks to our combined efforts, we are protecting our families, our communities, and our territory from this pandemic, and I hope that all Nunavummiut can feel a sense of pride knowing that their actions are making […]

by ahnationtalk on May 25, 202069 Views

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