Update:Community Outreach Prevention and Education (COPE) July 15 & 29 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This will provide a safe place to talk, voice concerns, be a part of community support, meet twice per month, support wellness in our community, Elder will be available at the circle. Lunch provided for those who register – register by July 14th and July 28. Contact Renee Pervais Reneepervais@fwfn.com or Loretta Collins Lorettacollins@fwfn.com. Nokiiwin’s Summary Legal Advice Clinic: For legal advice on family law, criminal law & other general inquiries.
Food Delivery Friday, June 19th between 9:00am and 4:00pm and pickup at the Ft. William Community Centre between 11:00am and 7:00pm
Fort William First Nation Elders (60+) living in Thunder Bay. Elders can pick up hampers at FWFN Community Centre or call 622-39391 to arrange delivery. Stay at home if you have symptoms of COVID-19. This is a program to provide limited supplies to each household to assist during this pandemic, it is still the responsibility of the home owner to provide the essential items to their own homes.
Elders 65+ Delivery schedule is between 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on June 19, for 64 and younger, you can pick up your hamper at the Fort William Community Centre between 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Rain or Shine- Every Thursday @ 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. until the
Vendors will have plastic bags, and if you bring your own customers have to pack their items, similar to the practice at grocery stores. If you want to purchase a bag, the BIA is selling some for $2, with the proceeds for the Anti-Hunger Coalition Timmins. Hand sanitizing stations will be provided.
• There is an immediate total investment of
$17.1 million to enable access to community-based cultural and emotional
support services as well as access to mental health counselling.
• $6.4 million will ensure mental wellness
services continue for those impacted by MMIWG to help reduce and address the
mental and emotional stress associated with recounting experiences of trauma or
other triggering experiences.
• $10.6 million will expand access to cultural,
emotional, and mental health support services for those affected by the trauma
associated with their attendance at any historic Federal Indian Day School
including their families.
HOW TO ACCESS
To find out
more about or to access health supports for those impacted by Missing and
Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls as well the Federal Indian Day Schools,
please call the number in your province or territory:
Nunavut, Northwest Territories,
and Yukon: 1-866-509-1769
Congratulations to the new Chief and Council of Cat Lake First Nation. We look forward to working with Chief Wesley and Council, and thank Chief Keewaykapow and the outgoing Council for all of their hard work during their leadership term.
As North Caribou Lake First Nation works to recover from the severe weather that went through the community last week, we thank leadership for their hard work, as well as Windigo Tribal Council and Hydro 1 Remote for their quick response.
We need to ensure that messaging and recommendations around public health measures and physical distancing are still being followed in our communities. Each community must be as vigilant as ever and we still cannot afford to relax the measures that are in place.
PLEASE SEND ANY NEW COMMUNITY GUIDELINES/ RESTRICTIONS THAT YOUR COMMUNITY HAS IN PLACE TO firstname.lastname@example.org.
& Addictions in NAN Territory
Thank you to Indigenous Services Canada Minister
Marc Miller and Senior Assistant Deputy
Minister of FNIHB, Valerie Gideon
for joining us on today’s
call to announce
approval for this very important initiative and answer
questions from leadership.
The NAN Mental Health and Addictions Pandemic
Response Program proposal (attached)
has been funded by Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) in the amount of
$2,657,560, and work will commence immediately on mapping out mental health
services within each regional area.
The NAN Mental Health and Addictions Pandemic
Response Program will provide member First Nations communities with a coordinated approach to existing
services between Health
Councils and community
organizations that will address potential
gaps in mental health and
addiction supports in the NAN region during the COVID-19 pandemic. This
coordination will result in access to 24/7 culturally appropriate crisis
supports, triage and live service
navigation, improved usage of tele-mental health supports, and elimination
of duplication in existing mental health and addictions services.
Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO) eHealth will
receive $1,666,185, and Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA)
will receive $991,375
to operate the Program, supported by Dalton Associates. Services
will be delivered and promoted by the Regional Health Authorities, Tribal
Councils, and community organizations within the NAN region.
The COVID-19 Task Team will continue discussions
on First Nation evacuation procedures.
Urban sites for evacuations have been confirmed in: Kapuskasing, Cochrane,
Timmins, and the Nav Centre in Cornwall.
The Province is still working to finalize the
Other non-urban sites have been recommended to
the Province by NAN and partners; however, the Province has still not secured
There are no details on evacuation guidelines or
protocols from the Province.
NAN COVID-19 Task Team
for the Task
Team accepted their
nominations: Lynne Innes
for the Northeastern NAN region, and Janet Gordon
for the Northwestern NAN region.
The Task Team is developing recommendations on
masking and when to wear masks.
Samples tested for COVID-19 are taken by swab
administered in communities.
Once somebody is swabbed, that swab needs to be
transported to a lab at Meno Ya Win, WAHA Hospital, or the provincial system to
be tested for COVID-19.
Meno Ya Win and WAHA use the GenExpert machines,
which can provide test results in a matter of
The cartridges that the GenExpert machines use
for testing are extremely limited across the world right now, and so both WAHA
and Meno Ya Win have prioritized the use of the GenExpert machine for certain
situations, such as high-risk contacts or ill
Swabs that cannot be tested on the GenExpert
machines are sent to a provincial lab for testing (in Thunder Bay, Timmins, or Toronto).
The turnaround time for the processing of these
tests varies greatly with the location of the lab receiving the swab, but it
takes at least a few days.
There is no approved point of care test
available at this time that can be used in communities.
Dental & Diabetes:
All contracted dental services in remote First
Nations were suspended as part of COVID-19 containment measures.
If somebody needs emergency dental care in the
SLFNHA area, they are examined by the Nurse in Charge, who then consults
remotely with a triage dentist.
The triage dentist will then advise if the
patient needs to be flown to an urban hub for dental care.
Infrastructure will pose a challenge to dental
care resuming in communities.
Under COVID-19 guidelines, the rooms used for dental
care must meet specific physical distancing, disinfection, and
ISC staff are assessing existing facilities and
SLFNHA is advocating for all necessary upgrades to be made so that services can resume.
SLFNHA and Meno Ya Win Diabetes programs are
currently not travelling to communities.
They are providing education via OTN or Zoom.
NAN Child Welfare
AFN signed a protocol agreement yesterday with
ISC regarding the implementation of Bill C-92. When it was introduced at the
AFN level in May, ORC Archibald opposed this agreement. NAN was not provided
notice of the development or signing of this protocol agreement.
Bill C-92 is an Act that acknowledges First
Nation jurisdiction over child welfare and how First Nations will establish
this in the communities.
The protocol does not outline new rights or
powers but outlines the establishment of a national working group and
A memo was sent out to explain
this in further
detail, and we will provide
more information as it becomes
available as to next steps.
There are approximately 8 weeks left until
schools is tentatively set to reopen.
NAN is meeting with various education leaders to
go over what communities are planning for September.
Two letters have gone to Minister Miller (ISC)
and Minister Lecce (Province) this week regarding the education plan and
funding for September.
The NAN Education Plan will be presented at the
NAN Trilateral Table on July 14.
NAN Youth Council
The NAN Youth Council has worked very hard to
develop a proposal for NAN youth; the formal submission will be presented on
July 14 at the NAN Trilateral Table.
Nishnawbe Aski Police Services (NAPS)
Major incident calls, including an increased
number of domestic violence calls, continue across NAN territory.
NAPS continues to advocate for the need for victim
support, and support
at the community level.
NAN is supporting these efforts and will raise the issue further at next week’s
NAPS met with the officers’ union to have the
memorandum of understanding extended until the end of October.
NAPS will begin to have dialogue with Ontario
regarding the commencement of funding negotiations.
Members of the NAN Executive Council will
continue to appear on Wawatay Radio on Tuesday at 12 pm EST and on Friday at
1:05 pm EST.
COVID-19 Tools and Resources are being
translated into Oji-Cree, Ojibway, and Cree to assist the communities in
spreading awareness and public health messaging on COVID-19. They are posted on the NAN website under COVID-19
Tools and Resources.
NAN has posted specific information on the NAN
website for members living off-reserve in urban centres across northwestern and
This includes how to find shelters, food banks,
social and mental health services, as well as Indigenous organizations that can assist.
Please continue to access our website as we are
updating it daily with the most up to date information: www.nancovid19.ca
Note: Grand Chief Fiddler will be taking vacation in the last 2 weeks of July. We will be sending out a memo with further information.
NEXT CALL: Thursday, July 16, 2020 | 1p.m. EST | 12p.m. CST
Update July 19, 2020: Effective Sunday, July 19: Monday to Saturday, Routes 3M (Memorial), 3C (County Park) and 10 (Northwood) will change to stand alone routes and will no longer interline (be combined) with other routes. Bus frequencies will be increased on 3M & 3C. Sunday, Routes 3M, 3C, and 10 will continue to interline. Bus frequency on 3 M will be increased. Fare payment will be required on all Thunder Bay Transit and Lift buses starting July 20.
Update June 18, 2020: Riders on Thunder Bay Transit will be required to pay their way once again as of July 20, bringing a four-month period of fare relief to an end.
Revised transit schedule came into effect on Sunday, April
5. Most routes will be reduced to approximately 45-minute service frequency and
will operate from 6 am – 11 pm. Use transit for essential travel only. Please
follow the new procedures by boarding and exiting from the back. It is
important to maintain social distancing while riding the bus and do not
approach the driver. Transit fares have been waived. Enhanced cleaning is
taking place on all buses. Transit terminal buildings are closed but service
remains available from platforms and stops.
Effective May 5, Route 6 service to Fort William First Nation has resumed for trips departing from Frederica and Brown between 8:48 am and 3:03 pm only. This service follows the new hours of operation/curfew set by Fort William First Nation.
United Way of Thunder Bay is a local organization that focuses collective efforts on issues of poverty in our community. This is done in many ways, including inspiring individuals and businesses to get involved, supporting community initiatives that tackle the root causes of poverty and its impacts on local people, working with partners to find new solutions, and by investing resources where and when they are needed most.
‘Fresh & Frugal – Coming Back From COVID’. On July 15th
from 12-1pm, the United Way will be joined by Financial Counsellor, Kristen
Duhaime from Thunder Bay Counselling, Certified Financial Planner
Meghan Chomut from Meghan Chomut, CFP and Certified
Community Resource Specialist, Erin Modin from Lakehead Social Planning
Council to learn all things finances, budgeting, resources and more. To
register for this free event visit https://bit.ly/3dZ6aun
a political territorial organization representing 49 First Nation communities
within northern Ontario, with the total population of membership (on and off
reserve) estimated around 45,000 people. Within NAN territory, many remote
communities are only accessible by air for the majority of the year and have nursing stations that serve as their primary source
of health care. These nursing stations are supported through the Government of
Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch. Communities with road access
will often access health care through services that are a part of the
provincial health care system. There are also several First Nation-governed
organizations in NAN territory that are involved in regional and local health
complex system results in jurisdictional ambiguity around health care delivery
and public health, making NAN territory vulnerable to public health emergencies
such as the COVID-19 pandemic. NAN community members lack comparable access to health
care as non-First Nations people in Ontario, and a significant number of people
in NAN have health conditions, such as diabetes, that put them at risk of serious
complications from COVID-19. To decrease risks to NAN communities and to keep NAN
First Nations and members safe and supported, a group of medical and field
experts is needed to inform NAN’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
purpose of the NAN COVID-19 Task Team (“Task Team”) is to gather and provide
vital information to support NAN First Nation members during the COVID-19
pandemic. The Task Team will respond to the needs of Tribal Councils and health
care providers throughout NAN territory, including two health authorities
(SLFNHA and WAHA), as well as concerns identified by NAN leadership, area
Chiefs, and community members.
by the Table will inform and support existing local plans and will align with
both the provincial and federal response structures to COVID-19.
goals of the table include:
Decrease illness and death
Minimize community disruption
Inform and support NAN leadership and community
are two main areas within the scope of the Task Team:
Addressing specific questions from NAN
communities, Tribal Councils, Chiefs and the NAN Executive.
Many of these questions will be raised during
the Chief’s Calls regarding COVID-19. The Office of the GC has regularly
scheduled these calls throughout the pandemic; depending on the phase of the
COVID-19 response, they have been scheduled every day, two times a week, and once
Identifying immediate priorities and issues for
NAN territory during the COVID-19 pandemic. This may include, but is not
limited to, priorities and issues involving:
Inadequate health facilities and accommodation
for health providers
Effects of provincial reopening on NAN
Risks of additional COVID-19 waves
Task Team will consider the best interests and needs of all the people of
Nishnawbe Aski Nation, including those living in urban, remote and road-access
4. Task Team Membership
The Task Team will consist of experts from the
fields of public health, emergency management, critical care, nursing, acute
care, and mental health and addictions, as well as Elders and Traditional
The size of the Task Team and the composition of
its membership is left undetermined; however, the group should try to maintain
a balance between different areas of expertise, as well as the different areas
of NAN (i.e. the West, East, and central/road access regions).
Members are selected either through appointment
by the NAN Grand Chief or through the recommendation of one existing Task Team member
with the support of the majority of the Task Team.
The Task Team will have both a Chair and two Vice-Chairs;
the Chair and Vice-Chairs will either be appointed by the Grand Chief or
selected by the Task Team, through nomination by another Task Team member and
with the support of the majority of the other Task Team members.
Of the two Vice-Chairs, one will represent the
Northwestern region of NAN and one will represent the Northeastern region.
This can either be through the organization they
represent or as a member of a First Nation in one of these two regions.
on the phase of NAN’s COVID-19 response, Task Team members may be further
identified as either Core or Complete Members. These roles are described in
greater detail in 8.Meetings and Other Activities.
Chair and Vice-Chair Duties
Facilitate the meetings.
Approve recommendations and any other material
that is sent to the GC’s office.
Attend NAN Chief’s Calls regarding COVID-19 as a
representative of the Task Team.
Provide Task Team updates at NAN Chief’s Calls
Answer questions, when appropriate, from
community leadership at NAN Chief’s Calls regarding COVID-19.
Attend other conferences and meetings as
requested by the Grand Chief’s office.
Attend NAN Chief’s Calls regarding COVID-19 to
provide support to the Chair.
Answer questions, when appropriate, from
community leadership at NAN Chief’s Calls regarding COVID-19.
Assume the duties of the Chair whenever the
Chair is unable to do so.
Terms of Office
There is no set term of office for members of
the Task Team. It is anticipated that membership will be determined by the
duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the other duties and responsibilities of
the Task Team members.
If a member of the Task Team is unable to continue
as a member, they must inform the Task Team by contacting the Chair, both of
the Vice-Chairs, and Coordinator.
The Task Team and/or the Office of the Grand
Chief must make every attempt to identify a new Task Team member who would
offer similar expertise to that of the departing Task Team member.
– Mae Katt, Nurse Practitioner
Mike Kirlew, Family Physician, Weeneebayko Area Health Authority
Innes, Nurse Practitioner, CEO and President, Weeneebayko Area Health Authority
Jane Philpott, NAN Special Advisor on Health
Claudette Chase, Family Physician, Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority
Gervais, Emergency Management Consultant
McKay, Director of Housing and Infrastructure, Nishnawbe Aski Nation
Lentz, Director of Health Transformation, Nishnawbe Aski Nation
Batise, Traditional Knowledge Keeper
Fiddler, Traditional Knowledge Keeper
Cromarty, Traditional Knowledge Keeper
Goodwin, National Incident Management Team Chief, Team Rubicon
Gordon, Chief Operating Officer, Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority
Task Team will also seek to include:
Emergency Management specialists
Natalie Bocking, Public Health Physician, Sioux Lookout First Nations Health
The expected outcomes of
the Task Team are recommendations to the NAN Grand Chief that fall within the
Task Team’s scope. Some examples include suggested public health guidelines
during the COVID-19 pandemic; requesting advocacy from NAN regarding critical
care equipment funding; or identifying the need for more clarity about the First
Nations and Inuit Health Branch PPE ordering process.
These resolutions will be
communicated in writing to the Office of the Grand Chief. The Office of the
Grand Chief will then determine whether and how to act upon the Task Team’s
Through working within
its scope, the Task Team or one of its Working Groups may respond to a
question, priority, or issue in such a way that a recommendation is not the
appropriate outcome. Instead, another item (including, but not limited to,
proposals, guidelines, guidance documents and/or protocols) is the more
When this occurs, the
Task Team or Working Group should be guided by the primary principle of
strengthening existing programs and services and not creating new systems.
The Task Team or Working
Group should seek feedback and input on the item from Health Authorities,
Tribal Councils, and communities. The length and scope of this process should be
guided by what is appropriate and reasonable considering the urgency of what
the item seeks to address.
6. Working Groups
From time to time, Task
Team members may identify an issue in NAN territory during the COVID-19
pandemic that is of such complexity that the most efficient way of addressing
it is through the formation of a Working Group.
This Working Group is to
be time-limited and have clear objectives. Either the Chair or Co-chair of the
Working Group will be a member of the Task Team. Working group members can be
sought from outside of the Task Team, but membership in a Working Group does
not constitute membership on the Task Team.
The Task Team member who
is chairing or co-chairing the Working Group should establish this Working
Group’s timeframe and the Group’s specific objectives prior to the Working
Group’s second meeting and present these to the Task Team.
Once its objectives are
met, the Working Group should be dissolved.
7. Decision making
The Task Team will always
work towards consensus, while respecting the autonomy of NAN communities,
Tribal Councils, and organizations. The consensus of the Task Team only
reflects the recommendations of its members; it is unlikely to speak to every
need in a territory as diverse as NAN.
When the Task Team is
unable to reach consensus, the Task Team will forward the recommendation
supported by the majority of its members. The Task Team will also note that
there are differing opinions on this recommendation and share the
recommendation that is supported by the minority of the Task Team.
8. Meetings and Other Activities
The activities of the
Task Team will be dictated by circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are
five phases of Task Team activity, with criteria for these following phases:
Task Team Response Phases
Protect and support (Phase 0)
Any active case(s) in a NAN community or several new cases in urban hubs in NAN territory (Thunder Bay, Timmins, Sioux Lookout) AND/OR High level of concern from leadership or NAN executive for health system capacity, public health capacity, or community readiness in NAN territory. AND/OR Determination by GC AND/OR Determination by Task Team
Limited new cases (<1-2 per week) in urban hubs in NAN territory AND/OR Medium level of concern from leadership or NAN executive for health system capacity, public health capacity, or community readiness in NAN territory. AND/OR Determination by GC AND/OR Determination by Task Team.
No new cases in urban hubs in NAN territory, consistent 2-4 week decrease in the number of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario. AND/OR Low level of concern from leadership or NAN executive for health system capacity, public health capacity, or community readiness in NAN territory. AND/OR Determination by GC AND/OR Determination by Task Team.
No active cases in urban hubs in NAN territory, the number of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario has continued to consistently decrease, new cases in MB and QC have shown a consistent 2-4 week decrease. AND/OR No concerns from leadership or NAN executive for the health system capacity, public health capacity, or community readiness in NAN territory. AND/OR Determination by GC AND/OR Determination by Task Team.
No active cases in urban hubs in NAN territory, limited number of new cases (<10/day) in each of ON, MB or QC. AND/OR ON and MB, have moved to phase 3 of their reopening plans, QC has moved to phase 6. AND/OR Most NAN communities have moved into phases 1-3 of their reopening plans. AND/OR Determination by GC AND/OR Determination by Task Team
Task Team Activities
Purpose and Description
As the risk of COVID-19 to
NAN Territory is relatively low in Phases 3 and 4, it will be more efficient
for the Task Team meetings to consist of only a Core Team during those phases.
This allows for flexibility in scheduling and reduces the burden of
participation on all Task Team members. Core Team Members may rotate in or out
depending on their availability. During this time, the Core Team’s focus may
shift to supporting communities as they recover and restart. Members of the
Core Team can provide strategic-level support during this phase, including the
review and analysis of a community’s pandemic response and facilitating relationships
that would address gaps and inefficiencies in that response. The responsibility
of the Core Team is not diminished from that of the Task Team in Phase 0;
however, it will be a smaller and more agile team.
It is not expected that
the Core Team will be activated until there are no active cases in NAN
communities and no active cases in urban hubs in NAN territory. At that point, the
risk of COVID-19 to NAN will be low.
However, it is important
to note that a low risk of COVID-19 does not mean no risk; both NAN staff and the
core team should remain vigilant throughout phases 3 and 4 and closely monitor
the COVID-19 situation, especially as the province reopens and seasonal factors
change, increasing the risk of additional waves of the virus.
Along with a NAN Lead, the
Core Team will be comprised of one representative for each of the following
areas of expertise:
Mental Health and Substance Use
Task Team members can
volunteer themselves for Core Team membership in their area of expertise. In
the event that two or more members wish to participate as Core Team members in
the same area of expertise, they may alternate participating as Core Team
members at meetings.
The Chair and the
Vice-Chairs will be selected from members of the Core Team.
NAN Lead: Michael McKay
Health Transformation Lead: Georgina Lentz
Traditional Knowledge Keeper: TBD
Public Health Lead: TBD
Mental Health and Substance Use Lead: TBD
Clinical Care Lead: TBD
Emergency Management Lead: TBD
When the Core Team is
activated, it is expected that the following members will attend NAN Chief’s
Calls regarding COVID-19 whenever possible:
Public Health Lead
Mental Health and Substance Use Lead
Emergency Management Lead
The following duties are
expected of all Core Team members:
Attend scheduled meetings of the Core Team
Answer questions from NAN Executive, leadership,
and community members to the best of their ability.
Monitor the COVID-19 situation provincially,
nationally, and internationally and assess for risk to NAN territory.
The complete team
comprises all members of the Task Team (see p. 3) who are not part of the Core
Read and review any communication from the Core
Team, including meeting reports.
Be prepared to ramp up Task Team activities, as
indicated by the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.
9. Support for the Task Team
The Task Team will be supported by a Coordinator.
This Coordinator will be a NAN staff member.
Coordinator is not a member of the Task Team.
Drafting agendas for Task Team meetings
Writing and/or reviewing briefing reports from
Task Team meetings.
Drafting recommendations and other documents for
the Task Team.
Maintaining records of the Task Team.
Logging questions from the Chief’s Conferences.
Logging emails directed towards the Task Team.
Drafting responses on behalf of the Task Team.
Team must keep accurate records of all matters that come before it. The Task
Team Coordinator will maintain copies of its briefing reports for a period of at
least 2 years from the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These terms of reference
may be amended by consensus of all Task Team members at a Task Team meeting.