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

Urban Park Market- Timmins Downtown BIA

Rain or Shine- Every Thursday @ 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. until the end of September                     

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.

Third Avenue (between Spruce and Balsam)       

(705) 264-8733 

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Mental Health Support for Those Impacted by MMIWG or Federal Indian Day Schools Settlement Agreement

July 8, 2020

BACKGROUND

The government has announced additional funding to improve access to mental health supports for those impacted by MMIWG and the Federal Indian Day Schools Settlement Agreement.

Full Release: https://www.canada.ca/en/indigenous-services-canada/news/2020/07/update-on-mental-wellness-supports-for-those-impacted-by-mmiwg-and-the-federal-indian-day-schools-settlement-agreement.html

KEY-POINTS

•   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 SUPPORT

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:

  • Atlantic: 1-866-414-8111
  • Quebec: 1-877-583-2965
  • Ontario: 1-888-301-6426
  • Manitoba: 1-866-818-3505
  • Saskatchewan: 1-866-250-1529
  • Alberta: 1-888-495-6588
  • Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon: 1-866-509-1769
  • British Columbia: 1-877-477-0775

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NAN COVID-19 Bulletin- July 9, 2020

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) COVID-19 Update                                                                                                                                           

Thunder Bay District Health UnitConfirmed Positive (July 2): 92
Active Cases: 2
Resolved Cases: 89
Deceased: 1
Porcupine Health UnitNumber of cases (July 9): 67
Resolved Cases: 59
Active Cases: 0
Deceased: 8
Northwestern Health UnitPositive tests (July 9): 41
Resolved Cases: 38
Active Cases: 3
  • 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 emergency@nan.ca.

Mental Health & 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

Authorities, Tribal 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.

Preparing for Evacuations

  • 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 Sudbury site.
    • Other non-urban sites have been recommended to the Province by NAN and partners; however, the Province has still not secured these sites.
  • There are no details on evacuation guidelines or protocols from the Province.

NAN COVID-19 Task Team                                                                                                                                           

  • Vice-Chairs 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.

Testing:

  • 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 hours.
  • 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 patients.
  • 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 ventilation requirements.
    • 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 implementation table.
  • 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.

NAN Education                                                                                                                                           

  • 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 Trilateral

Table meeting.

  • 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.

Communications                                                                                                                                           

  • 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.

Urban Communities                                                                                                                                           

  • NAN has posted specific information on the NAN website for members living off-reserve in urban centres across northwestern and northeastern Ontario.
    • 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

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Thunder Bay Transit

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.

Schedule and maps link: https://www.thunderbay.ca/en/city-services/schedules-and-maps.aspx  .

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. 

Transit Customer Service 807-684-3744

Thunder Bay Transit Website

Thunder Bay Transit Schedules and Maps

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United Way Thunder Bay

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.

1006-715 Hewitson Street          

(807) 623-6420 

‘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                       

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Nishnawbe Aski Nation COVID-19 Task Team Terms of Reference

Version 6.1, July 2, 2020

1.    Background

NAN is 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 service delivery.

This 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.

2.    Purpose

The 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.

Work by the Table will inform and support existing local plans and will align with both the provincial and federal response structures to COVID-19.

Overall goals of the table include:

  • Decrease illness and death 
  • Minimize community disruption
  • Inform and support NAN leadership and community members

3.    Scope

There are two main areas within the scope of the Task Team:

  1. Addressing specific questions from NAN communities, Tribal Councils, Chiefs and the NAN Executive.
    1. 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 a week.
  2. 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:
    1. Public health
    1. Acute care
    1. Primary care
    1. Critical care
    1. Community-level care
    1. Mental health and substance use
    1. Emergency management (example: critical infrastructure)
    1. Surge infrastructure
    1. EMS/community paramedicine
    1. Scaling community responses up and down
    1. Poor infrastructure, such as water and housing
    1. Inadequate health facilities and accommodation for health providers
    1. Effects of provincial reopening on NAN communities
    1. Risks of additional COVID-19 waves

The 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 communities.

4.    Task Team Membership

  1. 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 Knowledge keepers.
  2. 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).  
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Of the two Vice-Chairs, one will represent the Northwestern region of NAN and one will represent the Northeastern region.
    1. This can either be through the organization they represent or as a member of a First Nation in one of these two regions.
  6. Depending 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

Chair

  • 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 regarding COVID-19.
  • 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.

Vice-Chairs

  • 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.

Members

Chair – Mae Katt, Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Mike Kirlew, Family Physician, Weeneebayko Area Health Authority

Lynne Innes, Nurse Practitioner, CEO and President, Weeneebayko Area Health Authority

Dr. Jane Philpott, NAN Special Advisor on Health

Dr. Claudette Chase, Family Physician, Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority

Michelle Gervais, Emergency Management Consultant

Michael McKay, Director of Housing and Infrastructure, Nishnawbe Aski Nation

Georgina Lentz, Director of Health Transformation, Nishnawbe Aski Nation

Barney Batise, Traditional Knowledge Keeper

Teri Fiddler, Traditional Knowledge Keeper

Helen Cromarty, Traditional Knowledge Keeper

Eric Goodwin, National Incident Management Team Chief, Team Rubicon

Janet Gordon, Chief Operating Officer, Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority

The Task Team will also seek to include:

Additional Emergency Management specialists

Members on Leave:

Dr. Natalie Bocking, Public Health Physician, Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority

5.    Outcomes

Resolutions

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 recommendations.

Other Outcomes

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 appropriate response.

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

Phase Criteria
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
Phase1Limited 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.
Phase2No 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.
Phase3No 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.
Phase4No 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

Core Team

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.

Composition

Along with a NAN Lead, the Core Team will be comprised of one representative for each of the following areas of expertise:

  • Health Transformation
  • Traditional Knowledge
  • Public Health
  • Mental Health and Substance Use
  • Clinical Care
  • Emergency Management

Membership

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.

Current Members

  • 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

Duties

When the Core Team is activated, it is expected that the following members will attend NAN Chief’s Calls regarding COVID-19 whenever possible:

  • Chair
  • Vice-Chairs
  • 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 whenever possible.
  • 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.

Complete Team

The complete team comprises all members of the Task Team (see p. 3) who are not part of the Core Team.

Duties

  • 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

Coordinator

  1. The Task Team will be supported by a Coordinator.
  2. This Coordinator will be a NAN staff member.
  3. The Coordinator is not a member of the Task Team.

Coordinator Duties

  • 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.
  • Organizing meetings.
  • 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.

10.          Records

The Task 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.

11.          Amendments

These terms of reference may be amended by consensus of all Task Team members at a Task Team meeting.

Approved:

Signature of Chair                                                                                                                                       Date

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NAN COVID-19 Task Team Terms of Reference