COVID-19 Information

As Band offices close their doors in response to the COVID-19 threat, the FNPSS is providing a platform for Band administrators to access and review timely information.

COVID-19 coordination

First Nation communities are dealing with so much in managing their response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Here is some info on how various departments and organizations are working together to provide coordinated support and where you can get accurate and up-to-date information.

Summary of Federal and Provincial COVID-19 Supports

Updates compiled by: Policy and Development Branch, Employment and Labour Market Services Division, BC Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

Webinars – How are BC First Nations responding to the coronavirus?

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Join FNPSS webinars to hear how First Nations are handling the COVID-19 pandemic in their communities, with Q&A. If you miss the live webinars, you can view the recordings and join the First Nations Administrators Network Facebook group to ask questions, post suggestions and requests for speakers and topics, or share best practices from your community.

Past Webinars

  • Webinar #6 – April 3, 2020
    • Speakers: Catherine Lappe (Regional Director General, ISC BC Region), joined by members of the ISC Executive Leadership Team, will provide information related to the Indigenous Community Support Fund, Emergency Management Assistance Program, Income Assistance, and reporting requirement changes, as well as Dr. Shannon McDonald, Deputy Chief Medical Officer with First Nations Health Authority (FNHA).
  • Webinar #5 – April 2, 2020
    • Communities: Okanagan Indian Band & Homalco First Nation
    • Speakers: Byron Louis (Chief) & Alison Trenholm (Councillor)
  • Webinar #4 – March 27, 2020
    • Organizations/Communities: ISC BC Region & Tsleil-Waututh Nation
    • Speakers: Bill Guerin (Associate Regional Director General, ISC BC Region) & Leah George-Wilson (Co-Chair of the First Nations Summit and Chief of Tsleil-Waututh Nation)
  • Webinar #3 – March 26, 2020
    • Communities: Westbank First Nation & Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council
    • Speakers: Chris Derickson (Chief) & Erik Blaney (Emergency Planning Advisor)
  • Webinar #2 – March 25, 2020
    • Communities: Ahousaht First Nation & Upper Nicola Band
    • Speakers: Rob Bullock (Band Administrator) & Collette Sunday (Band Administrator)
  • Webinar #1 – March 20, 2020
    • Communities: Nak’azdli Whut’en & Tsleil-Waututh Nation
    • Speakers: Sandra Olson (Chief Executive Officer) & Deanna George (Councillor)

Information from First Nations Health Authority

First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) plays a role within the provincial emergency management structure by providing health and wellness services to support BC First Nation communities. For COVID-19 response, FNHA (in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Office of the Provincial Health Officer and Regional Health Authorities) supports communities through direct coordination of response to medical and health-related requests.

The emergency management program within FNHA provides expertise, education, tools and support for FNHA regions and program areas to address medical and health related impacts of this event; ensuring the continuity of FNHA health services.

Resources

Contacts

  • For general inquiries – COVID19@fnha.ca
  • For FNHA and community health care providers (CHNs, HD, etc.) or CDE planning questions – CDMgmt@fnha.ca
  • Personal Protective Equipment – COVID19needs@fnha.ca
  • For individual health care and COVID-19 questions – 811 or primary care provider

Information from Indigenous Services Canada

A department of the Government of Canada, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) works collaboratively with partners to improve access to high-quality services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, and seeks to empower Indigenous peoples to independently deliver services and address socio-economic conditions in their communities. ISC BC Region is supporting First Nations on-reserve in Coronavirus response through a number of programs and services, including the Emergency Management Assistance Program and Income Assistance. The department will also play a role in delivering distinction-based funding as announced by the Prime Minister.

Resources

For more information about ISC’s service and response, follow Catherine Lappe on Twitter: @Catherine_RDGBC.

Contacts

Information from the Province of BC / Emergency Management BC

Emergency Management BC (EMBC) is the Province’s lead coordinating agency for emergency response to non-health related needs of COVID-19 impacts. This work is done in collaboration with local governments, First Nations, provincial and federal departments, industry, non-government organizations and volunteers. They also host regular regional coordination calls, which First Nations are invited to join. EMBC Regional Operations offices will function as universal entry for Indigenous communities seeking supports.

Resources

Contacts

  • EMBC office contacts
  • Non-health related information and services: 1 888 COVID-19
  • Medical-related questions: 8-1-1

Information from First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC)

To address the unique needs and considerations of the First Nations in British Columbia as they respond to COVID-19, the First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) has compiled a comprehensive selection of resources on COVID-19 for First Nations use: COVID-19 emergency resource site.

Additional Resources

Social Feeds

Twitter

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We understand that, due to technical difficulties, some participants we not able to sign-in to join the webinar today on “ISC’s Response to COVID-19 for BC First Nations”. We are working to sort out this challenge with our service provider to ensure that this does not occur again on future webinars. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. You can watch a recording of the webinar here: zoom.us/rec/play/tMYsf-_9r283E4CTsASDCvRxW466faKs2nJN_fNbmkjnVyMKZlryMrVHY-SqmYCasn31VfWmQDx0k-_x

We will also post the link to the full webinar on our website (www.fnps.ca) and social media sites, including the First Nations Administrators Network Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/theFNAN/), which we encourage you to join. If you have questions that you were not able to ask on the webinar, please let us know. We will ensure that your questions are shared with ISC and FNHA for response. We will also aim to schedule another townhall as soon as we fix the glitch!

We look forward to welcoming you on future webinars!

Sincerely,
The FNPSS Team
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Join FNPSS to hear directly from ISC BC Region on what is being done to support communities during the COVID-19 crisis.

When: Friday, April 3 @ 11 AM

Catherine Lappe (Regional Director General, ISC BC Region), joined by members of the ISC Executive Leadership Team, will provide information related to the Indigenous Community Support Fund, Emergency Management Assistance Program, Income Assistance, and reporting requirement changes. This webinar will be approximately 45 minutes and allow for moderated Q & A from participants.

Registration Details: To register for the webinar, please visit zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jvsaGZRySVe1GDMlDCF79g. Once you have pre-registered, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the webinar.
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Join FNPSS to hear directly from ISC BC Region on what is being done to support communities during the COVID-19 crisis.

When: Friday, April 3 @ 11 AM

Catherine Lappe (Regional Director General, ISC BC Region), joined by members of the ISC Executive Leadership Team, will provide information related to the Indigenous Community Support Fund, Emergency Management Assistance Program, Income Assistance, and reporting requirement changes. This webinar will be approximately 45 minutes and allow for moderated Q & A from participants.

Registration Details: To register for the webinar, please visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jvsaGZRySVe1GDMlDCF79g. Once you have pre-registered, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the webinar.

FNPSS is excited to be hosting its fifth online webinar in a series on "BC First Nations Responding to COVID-19". Speakers for this webinar include Byron Louis (Chief, Okanagan Indian Band) and Alison Trenholm (Councillor, Homalco First Nation).

When: Thursday, April 2nd, 2020, 11:00-11:45 am
Communities: Okanagan Indian Band & Homalco First Nation
Speakers: Byron Louis (Chief) & Alison Trenholm (Councillor)

Please click the following link to join the webinar: zoom.us/j/510071478

Join FNPSS Webinars to hear how First Nations are handling the COVID-19 pandemic in their communities. These 45-minute webinars include speakers from across BC and time for Q&A. If you miss any of the live webinars, you can find the recordings at fnps.ca/covid-19.
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FNPSS is excited to be hosting its fifth online webinar in a series on BC First Nations Responding to COVID-19. Speakers for this webinar include Byron Louis (Chief, Okanagan Indian Band) and Alison Trenholm (Councillor, Homalco First Nation).
 
When: Thursday, April 2nd, 2020, 11:00-11:45 am
Communities: Okanagan Indian Band & Homalco First Nation
Speakers: Byron Louis (Chief) & Alison Trenholm (Councillor)

Please click the following link to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/510071478
 
Join FNPSS Webinars to hear how First Nations are handling the COVID-19 pandemic in their communities. These 45-minute webinars include speakers from across BC and time for Q&A. If you miss any of the live webinars, you can find the recordings at fnps.ca/covid-19.

Have you seen our #COVID19 resource page? It includes this handy reference that outlines the partners working with First Nations @fnha #BC and ISC.
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Have you seen our #COVID19 resource page? It includes this handy reference that outlines the partners working with First Nations @fnha #BC and ISC. 
https://fnps.ca/covid-19

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We understand that, due to technical difficulties, some participants we not able to sign-in to join the webinar today on “ISC’s Response to COVID-19 for BC First Nations”. We are working to sort out this challenge with our service provider to ensure that this does not occur again on future webinars. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. You can watch a recording of the webinar by following the link in our bio.
We will also post the link to the full webinar on our website (www.fnps.ca) and social media sites, including the First Nations Administrators Network Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/theFNAN/), which we encourage you to join. If you have questions that you were not able to ask on the webinar, please let us know. We will ensure that your questions are shared with ISC and FNHA for response. We will also aim to schedule another townhall as soon as we fix the glitch!

We look forward to welcoming you on future webinars!

Sincerely,
The FNPSS Team
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Join FNPSS to hear directly from ISC BC Region on what is being done to support communities during the COVID-19 crisis.

When: Friday, April 3 @ 11 AM

Catherine Lappe (Regional Director General, ISC BC Region), joined by members of the ISC Executive Leadership Team, will provide information related to the Indigenous Community Support Fund, Emergency Management Assistance Program, Income Assistance, and reporting requirement changes. This webinar will be approximately 45 minutes and allow for moderated Q & A from participants.

Registration Details: To register for the webinar, please visit the link in our bio. Once you have pre-registered, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the webinar.
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FNPSS is excited to be hosting its fifth online webinar in a series on "BC First Nations Responding to COVID-19". Speakers for this webinar include Byron Louis (Chief, Okanagan Indian Band) and Alison Trenholm (Councillor, Homalco First Nation). When: Thursday, April 2nd, 2020, 11:00-11:45 am
Communities: Okanagan Indian Band & Homalco First Nation
Speakers: Byron Louis (Chief) & Alison Trenholm (Councillor)

Please click the link in our bio to join the webinar
Join FNPSS Webinars to hear how First Nations are handling the COVID-19 pandemic in their communities. These 45-minute webinars include speakers from across BC and time for Q&A. If you miss any of the live webinars, you can find the recordings at fnps.ca/covid-19.
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Have you seen our #COVID19 resource page? It includes this handy reference that outlines the partners working with First Nations @fnha #BC and ISC.
https://fnps.ca/covid-19
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Indigenous Services Canada’s Response to COVID-19 for BC First Nations
When: Friday, March 27th, @ 9:30 AM

Join FNPSS to hear directly from ISC BC Region on what it is doing to support communities during the COVID-19 crisis. Bill Guerin, Associate Regional Director General, will review news related to the Emergency Management Assistance Program, Income Assistance, and funding and reporting requirement changes. This webinar will be approximately 30-45 minutes and allow for moderated Q & A from participants.

Registration Details: To register for the webinar, please visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_baTVTaByTOOwlFDaS-6z9Q.
Once you have pre-registered, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the webinar.
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How are BC First Nations responding to COVID-19?
Join FNPSS Webinars to hear how First Nations are handling the COVID-19 pandemic in their communities. These 45-minute webinars include speakers from across BC and time for Q&A. If you miss any of the live webinars, you can view the recordings at www.fnps.ca/covid-19 or by joining the First Nations Administrators Network Facebook Group, where you can ask questions, post suggestions, share best practices, and submit requests for webinar speakers and topics. 🌱Coming Up!
Webinar #2: Wednesday, March 25, 2020, @ 1:00 PM
Communities: Ahousaht First Nation and Upper Nicola Band
Speakers: Rob Bullock (Band Administrator) and Collette Sunday (Band Administrator)
Join by following the Zoom Webinar link available in our bio. 🌱Past Webinar
Webinar #1: March 20, 2020
Communities: Nak’azdli Whut’en & Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Speakers: Sandra Olson (Chief Executive Officer) & Deanna George (Councillor)

Visit out our website fnps.ca to view the recording.
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Visit our website to access and review timely COVID-19 information. The link is available in our bio.
We hope that your families and communities are coping and preparing to stay safe in view of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. It's important to stay up to date and to seek relevant information from reliable sources.
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Thank you to everyone who joined our free “How are First Nations Responding to COVID-19?” webinar today – over 50 of you – in particular thanks to our speakers Sandra Wesley-Olson (Nak’azdli Whut’en) and Deanna George (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). If you missed it, or would like to watch it again, you can access the recording link through the First Nations Administrators Network (FNAN) Facebook group. Stay tuned for future webinars and feel free to post suggestions and requests for speakers and topics, or share best practices from your community.

A reminder that for up-to-date information and guidance you can visit:

FNLC: http://fns.bc.ca/news/fnlc-urges-coordinated-and-joint-action-in-dealing-with-covid-19-coronavirus-pandemic

Additional resources:
https://www.fnha.ca/what-we-do/communicable-disease-control/coronavirus

http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/being-prepared.html
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The Indigenous Youth Internship Program is seeking Expressions of Interest from BC Indigenous Organizations that can provide supportive, educational and meaningful work placements for Indigenous Youth Interns for a three-month period (June 1, 2020 – August 28, 2020). The Intern’s salary is paid by the provincial government during their work placement in the selected BC Indigenous Organizations.
If your BC Indigenous Organization is interested in hosting an Indigenous Youth Intern this summer, please submit a completed Expression of Interest by EMAIL no later than February 21, 2020
Please format your email in the following manner:
Attention: Taylor Devine at IndigenousYouthInternershipProgram@gov.bc.ca
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For more program and application information: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/…/internship-co-op-opportunities/iyip or contact:
Taylor Devine, Program Administrator at 250-217-8235
Stephanie Peter, Acting Program Lead at 250 216-4337
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