OTTAWA, TRADITIONAL UNCEDED TERRITORY OF THE ALGONQUINS, ON, May 26, 2021 / CNW / – Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is committed to supporting Indigenous communities in their response to COVID-19 and works closely with Indigenous organizations and provincial and territorial governments.
With the warmer weather approaching and more and more people spending time outdoors, it remains essential that everyone follow public health measures to ensure the safety of our loved ones, communities and families. ourselves. This includes minimizing in-person interactions with people outside your immediate household, avoiding crowded areas, wearing a mask, and washing your hands frequently.
In First Nations communities, as of May 25, ISC is aware of
There are 9 active cases in the Northwest Territories. From May 25, the government of Nunavut reports 12 active cases of COVID-19 in Iqaluit and one in Kinngait.
From May 25, 2021, more than 25.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been distributed across the country. From May 25, 459,380 doses of vaccine were administered in 687 First Nations, Inuit and Territorial communities. In indigenous communities, 75% of the adult population has been vaccinated with one dose.
Across the country, the deployment of the vaccine is well underway. Starting this week, the indigenous peoples of Manitoba who received their first dose of the vaccine can make appointments at super sites, pop-up clinics or urban Aboriginal clinics. The government of Canada, in collaboration with the province of Manitoba, is also working to support the Manitoba Métis Federation with their vaccination clinic by Winnipeg. In Sudbury, Ontario, urban indigenous peoples are now eligible to receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at an interval of less than four months. In Calgary, a coalition of organizations, including the Native Friendship Center of Calgary, Siksika Health Services, OKAKI and Seven Brothers Circle, worked together to run a clinic that provides vaccines to Indigenous youth and other target groups. In addition, in British Columbia, anyone aged 12 and over can now register to be vaccinated. This is a chance for First Nations youth who live off reserve to get vaccinated, as well as youth from First Nations communities who were not eligible when clinics across the province took place.
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) continue to assist Indigenous communities across the country. CAF Helps Immunization Teams Accelerate Pace Of Immunizations In A Number Of First Nations On-Reserve Communities Northern Manitoba. To date, the CAF has assisted 11 communities across the province with the first dose, and five of those communities have also received the second dose. This week, the CAF is supporting second-dose clinics in First Nations communities of God’s Lake First Nation, Barren Lands First Nation, O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation and Northlands First Nation Denesuline.
Canadian Rangers were activated in the Lac Seul First Nation community in Ontario at May 4 to provide assistance in dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak. The Rangers are working alongside First Nations partners to provide humanitarian assistance and address the immediate needs of this remote community. Similarly, Canadian Rangers have also been activated in Moose Cree First Nation, Neskantaga First Nation and Attawapiskat First Nation in Ontario to provide assistance to COVID-19 response efforts in these communities. As always, the government of Canada will be there to support Indigenous communities in need, for as long as it takes.
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