RFDA- Food Bank Northwest

Update July 13: Partial Food Bank re-openings at selected locations across Thunder Bay.  The list to receive hampers will be open for individuals starting next week  (July 14 or 16). To register please call 21. Once registered individuals will be assigned and matched with one convenient location.  Hampers will be distributed, once every two weeks.

Update May 14, 2020: The RFDA will be offering hamper pick up at the CLE grounds on Friday May, 15. To register please call 211. You will not need to register with 211 if you have previously registered for City-Wide Safe Food Banks.

The next pick up date for food hampers will be April 17 from 10am-1pm at the following locationsL

532 Edward St. Redwood Park Church

239 Amelia St. The Gathering Place

545 Cumberland St.N Salvation Army

129 Miles St. E Thunder Bay Food bank

To register, please call 211. Delivery is available for the elderly and those with mobility issues.

RFDA Website

RFDA Facebook Page

FAQ on Post-Secondary Education Student Supports for Indigenous Students during COVID-19

FAQ from ISC on supports that are available to post-secondary Indigenous students during COVID-19. Some highlights:
• Canada’s Student Loans/Grants and Canada Emergency Student Benefit are available to Indigenous students for additional supports during COVID-19 response.
• ISC announced $75.2M in support of First Nations, Inuit and Metis students through the Post Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP).
o $16.6M is allocated to the Ontario region.
o These new benefits under the PSSSP will cover costs of living, traveling, counselling and other support expenses required and identified by Indigenous post-secondary students.
o For more information on the PSSP, please contact Bernadette Wabie, Senior Program Officer at ISC at Bernadette.wabie@canada.ca or at, 519-751-2443

June Post Secondary Updates

Guidance from ISC for Health Professionals Considering Travel to First Nations

Guidance from ISC for Health Professionals who are considering travelling to First Nations in order to provide heathcare. Some highlights:
• This document outlines guidance for community leadership, employers of health professionals and health professionals (including but not limited to nurses, environmental public health officers, mental wellness workers, dentists, and oral health care workers).
• Decisions should be risk informed.
• All health professionals and employers are responsible for occupational health and safety practices are followed and ensuring infection prevention and control practices within their workplace/context align with local public health authority recommendations.
• With respect to air travel, anyone who cannot self0isoalte for 14 days prior o travel cannot use the ISC Collaborative Air Response Endeavour (ISC CARE) regularly scheduled charters for essential service providers. Guidance is available through ISC CARE.

COVID-19 Guidance – travel

Information on the Federal Gas Tax Fund

Information from ISC regarding the Federal Gas Tax Fund. Some highlights:
• Infrastructure Canada administers the federal Gas Tax Fund a s a permanent and ongoing source of funding for infrastructure in communities across Canada.
• Provinces and territories will receive planned payments earlier than originally forecast, allowing for the transfer of funds to municipalities sooner than planned. However, this does not impact funding for First Nations in provinces.
• A portion of the funds is available to First Nations on reserve.
o This portion is transferred directly to ISC regional offices which combines funding with other funding sources for delivery to First Nations in their regions through the First nations Infrastructure Fund (FNIF).
o More information found here: https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1100100010656/1533645154710

Gas Tax Fund

COVID-19 Testing in Ontario First Nations Fact Sheet

Fact sheet provided by Indigenous Services Canada on COVID-19 testing. Some highlights:
• As of May 24, 2020, Ontario broadened its testing strategy to include testing individuals who are symptomatic with even mild and atypical symptoms, asymptomatic testing that is risk based such as contact with a suspected case or those at risk of exposure due to employment.
• Testing can be accessed through nursing stations, provincial assessment centres, local public health, and where some First Nations have set up their own testing centers in community.
• To find out what testing is available in your community, call the nursing station, local public health unit or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.
o A list of assessment centers is also available at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/assessment-centre-locations/
• Test results can be viewed through the provincial online portal: https://covid19results.ehealthontario.ca:4443/agree

Fact Sheet – COVID19 – Testing

COVID-19 Infrastructure Fact Sheet

Fact sheet provided by Indigenous Services Canada on infrastructure that can be used for COVID-19 testing, isolation or quarantine. Some highlights:
• Communities may consider creating isolation or quarantine centers due to overcrowding challenges with isolation of community members within their homes.
• Funding may be available to support retrofit of existing spaces for isolation.
• Existing spaces such as schools, community centers and arenas can be used as isolation or quarantine space while regular programs are suspended.
• This document provides an overview of factors to consider relating to purpose, safety, spacing, care, cleaning and food
• If communities do not have access to existing spaces, ISC has procured two temporary shelters including a BLU-MED structure and a Matrix.
o BLU-MED: portable, temporary medical structure to provide assessment and testing space outside of the community health clinic
o Matrix: a seven-room extreme weather shelter that can be used for isolation or quarantine for three to six people.

Fact Sheet – COVID19 – Infrastructure

Federal Financial Support for COVID-19 Fact Sheet

Fact sheet provided by Indigenous Services Canada on federal financial benefits and support to Ontario First Nations for COVID-19 Response. Some highlights:
• The following is a break down of ISC funding and when it was distributed:
o ISC request based funding ($8M): March 2020.
o The formula based, Indigenous Community Support Fund ($36.7M): April 2020.
o FNIHB request based funding is ongoing, beginning April 2020.
• Core funding allocations that are not being used to deliver regular programming may be used to support COVID-19 response that are consistent with the terms and conditions of the program in question.
• ISC cannot commit to reimbursement of any expenses above current funding allocations, or shortfalls that may be experienced in regular program funding where resources have been redirected to emergency activities.

Fact Sheet – COVID19 – Financial Support

COVID-19 Contact Tracing Fact Sheet

Fact sheet provided by Indigenous Services Canada on contact tracing. Some highlights:

Contact Tracing: Routine process used to identify individuals who have come into contact with someone who has a disease of public health significance, such as COVID-19, and therefore may be at a greater risk of getting COVID-19 themselves.

Conducted by ISC Public Health professionals, community nurses, local public health units and an Indigenous health services organization.
o Note: ISC officials will work to provide guidance, supports and communication with community leadership without disclosing personal information with respect to the case.

Personal information will not be disclosed by ISC employees without consent of the individual to whom it relates, unless the disclosures is in accordance with the Privacy Act and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
• Contact tracing is done for each individual case and depends on a case by case basis.

Fact Sheet – COVID19 – Contact Tracing

Fort William First Nation

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.

Fort William First Nation Website