MKO has created this page where we will share updates about COVID-19 that may be of interest to Northern First Nations in Manitoba. The health information we share on this page is informed and directed by the work of the new health entity called Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin. You can learn more about this new health entity here.
Media releases and health updates:
- March 12 media release: MKO Update on COVID-19 Preparations for Northern First Nations
- March 12 health update: COVID-19 Health Update for March 12, 2020
- March 18 media release: MKO Encourages Northern First Nations to Take Four Steps to Protect the Most Vulnerable People from COVID-19
- March 30 media release: Knowledge Keepers Radio Show Aims to Lift Spirits During COVID-19 Pandemic
Social media can be a challenging place to obtain truthful information about this pandemic. MKO encourages using reliable sources of information to get updates on the COVID-19 pandemic. MKO suggests visiting the following websites:
- Government of Manitoba coronavirus updates
- Government of Manitoba coronavirus screening tool
- Public Health Agency of Canada coronavirus updates
- First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba coronavirus webpage
- The World Health Organization coronavirus updates
MKO in the news:
The following is a list of stories related to COVID-19 and MKO:
- APTN, March 18: ‘Our people are resilient’: Manitoba First Nations organization prepares for pandemic
- CBC, March 18: First Nations leaders urge additional measures to stop spread of COVID-19 in northern Manitoba
- City News, March 18: First Nations Leaders urge strict measures to stop COVID-19
- CTV News, March 18: MKO medical lead tells First Nations to stop all gatherings of 10 or more
- Global News, March 18: Northern Manitoba First Nations make plans to prevent spread of COVID-19
- The Thompson Citizen, March 18: MKO First Nations asked to ban gatherings of 10 or more people in response to COVID-19 pandemic
- Winnipeg Free Press, March 18: MKO recommends sweeping measures to control virus: Northern First Nations asked to limit gatherings to 10 people, close all schools and daycares
- Winnipeg Sun, March 18: First Nations face increased COVID-19 risk: MKO
MKO messages on COVID-19:
March 18: Watch Grand Chief Settee’s video message to MKO citizens about COVID-19.
March 18: Recommendations for MKO citizens on COVID-19
MKO Grand Chief Garrison Settee speaks about access to the land, social isolation, and the importance of continuing to consume traditional foods while First Nations leaders prepare to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Northern First Nations in this video. These recommendations have been passed onto the Grand Chief by medical advisor Dr. Barry Lavallee at Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin.
March 27: Grand Chief Garrison Settee shares an update on some of the advocacy issues connected to COVID-19 that MKO has been working on for the week of March 22 to 28:
March 29: Grand Chief Garrison Settee provides an update related to COVID-19 in Northern First Nations in Manitoba for Sunday, March 29.
“I want to commend everybody for all that you are doing. I want to thank everybody for doing their part… we’re all in this together.”
Public service announcements:
If you listen to NCI FM radio, you may have heard the following public service announcement about the importance of washing your hands. If you haven’t heard it yet, give it a listen!
If you are concerned about your health:
Manitoba residents may contact Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free) if you’re experiencing symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus.
Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.
If you would like to screen yourself for COVID-19, the Province of Manitoba has created an online screening tool. You can access it here.
If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19:
We will post more information here about what to do if you are diagnosed with COVID-19.
- The Public Health Agency of Canada webpage and fact sheet: How to isolate at home when you have COVID-19
- Watch the following video, in which Robin Buckland, Chief Nursing Officer at Indigenous Services Canada, provides information about COVID-19 testing and care and what to do if you are in a First Nations community: