Today's Date: January 16, 2021
Tractor Supply Company Appoints Joy Brown to Its Board of Directors   •   NAELA Celebrates Passage of Latest COVID-19 Relief Package   •   Singer-Songwriter Baby Yors Drops Single & Video for Sex-Fueled Dance Anthem "Like A Gun"   •   Unmet Need for Afterschool Programs Skyrockets in the Black Community, With Four Million Black Children Without the Access to Af   •   Clark Atlanta University President George T. French Jr. Ph.D. Recognized as one of Atlanta's 500 Most Powerful Leaders by "Atlan   •   San Carlos Apache Tribe Sues US Forest Service to Stop Resolution Copper Mine   •   Columbia Care Receives Provisional License for Adult Use at its Patriot Care Dispensary in Downtown Boston   •   My Eyelab is Now in Michigan: New Store in the Saginaw Area   •   Speech from the Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada   •   MLK Jr. oratory competitions go virtual, allowing kids to send messages of hope to a nation in distress   •   American Lending Center Supports Small and Minority-Owned Businesses in Second Round PPP   •   Rivers Casino Philadelphia Resumes Indoor Dining on Saturday, Jan. 16, at Noon   •   Tucson Senior Living Provider Splendido Wins Award for 'Best in Wellness'   •   BET Announces Its Multiplatform Programming Strategy for Inauguration 2021   •   Feinstein Institutes Awarded More Than $4M to Research Perinatal Depression   •   Health Care of South Florida opens a new office in Broward County   •   Birks Group Presents Its FY2021 Holiday Period Sales Results   •   BET to Air Mega Night of Tyler Perry Must-Watch Originals With the Return of “Tyler Perry’s The Oval” and the   •   Newkirk Zwagerman, PLC and Bogas & Koncius, PC: Michigan State University's Women's Varsity Swimming and Diving Team Files T   •   Connecticut Water Files Application With Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to Amend Rates
Bookmark and Share

Government of Canada COVID-19 Update for Indigenous Peoples and communities

Government of Canada COVID-19 Update for Indigenous Peoples and communities

Canada NewsWire

OTTAWA, TRADITIONAL UNCEDED ALGONQUIN TERRITORY, ON, Nov. 20, 2020 /CNW/ - The week of November 8-14 continued to see an alarming increase in the number of newly reported cases of COVID-19 in First Nations communities related to the second wave of the pandemic, with 558 new cases reported as of November 19. 

As of November 19, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is aware of these confirmed cases of COVID-19 for provincial First Nations communities on reserve:

  • 2853 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 
  • 1174 active cases
  • 1654 recovered cases
  • 23 deaths

There are a total of 29 confirmed positive cases in Nunavik, Quebec, and all but one have recovered.

The majority of the increases continue to be linked to private and public gatherings in settings where physical distancing and wearing of masks were not observed. Gatherings with individuals outside of your household without physical distancing carries a risk of infection and can lead to serious illness, endangering the lives of loved ones. The virus can spread very quickly especially where multiple households in a community are in close contact.

While ISC remains steadfast in our support of Indigenous leaders and communities, including supporting Indigenous service delivery organizations in urban areas, collaborative action among Indigenous partners including provincial and territorial governments is critical to comprehensively responding to current outbreaks of COVID-19. In light of the outbreak and current lockdown in Nunavut, for example, ISC is in close communication with the territorial government regarding requests for assistance to respond to the current COVID-19 outbreak. As reported by the Government of Nunavut, as of November 20, there are 84 confirmed positive cases in Nunavut, with the majority of cases being in the Arviat region. 

ISC is also paying close attention to the current outbreaks in the prairie provinces and has been in close communication with community leadership in the provinces. In Manitoba, ISC officials are actively working with leadership from Opaskwayak Cree Nation to respond to the current troubling outbreak at the Rod McGillivray Personal Care Home. In light of this outbreak, the Government of Canada is providing $2.3 million in immediate funding to support the community's response to the pandemic and to ensure necessary resources are in place at the personal care home to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19. On November 10, 2020 the Government of Canada, in partnership with First Nations in Manitoba, announced $61.4 million in immediate funding to support community-led response to the pandemic in a number of areas. Immediate support will be provided for public health activities, measures in personal care homes, targeted assistance for communities with multiple COVID-19 cases, and community adaptation funding.

Additionally, In light of the alarming rise in COVID-19 cases in Alberta and Saskatchewan, the Government of Canada is also providing $120.37 million in immediate funding to support the response to the pandemic in Indigenous communities and organizations in Alberta and Saskatchewan. This funding will support Indigenous communities and organizations in their on the ground efforts to put in place measures and address increasing needs, including support for vulnerable populations, support for long-term care homes, deploying additional staff in communities with outbreaks, strengthening mental health services and additional isolation and screening spaces where needed.

The Government of Canada would like to recognize and thank the frontline workers who put their own safety on the line every day to make sure families, youth, and especially Elders are kept safe. Without their dedication and hard work, the number of people who tested positive for the virus would have been even greater. 

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country, the risk of spread increases, We urge all community members to support their leadership and follow public health measures that have proven to save lives. The more cases there are in a community, the greater the opportunity for the virus to be introduced into workplaces, schools and at risk settings, like long-term care centres.

As a reminder, applications are now open for needs-based funding through the Indigenous Community Support Fund. Funding is available for First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities as well as Indigenous organizations serving Indigenous people in urban centres & off reserves.

We urge everyone to help bend the curve by making wise decisions and following recommended public health measures. 

Associated links

Stay connected

Join the conversation about Indigenous peoples in Canada:

Twitter: @GCIndigenous 

Facebook: @GCIndigenous 

Instagram: @gcindigenous

Facebook: @GCIndigenousHealth 

Twitter: @Min_IndServ

You can subscribe to receive our news releases and speeches via RSS feeds. For more information or to subscribe, visit

SOURCE Indigenous Services Canada

Back to top
| Back to home page

White House Live Stream
Breaking News
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Sounds Make the News ®
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News