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FNHC Weekly Bulletin | Issue 5

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The FNHC’s bulletin is designed to provide BC First Nation Chiefs and leaders with a round-up of news and updates on the COVID-19 pandemic response. For the most current public health guidelines as well as information for individuals and communities, visit FNHA.ca/coronavirus.

To download a PDF of this issue click here.

FNHA Services Resumption Guide

The FNHA services resumption planning guide is intended to support inherent self-determination through informed decision-making, based on the unique needs of each community. It is intended to be a tool, vs. a rulebook, to support communities as they resume services across health and community services.

The guide was distributed to all Chiefs, Health Directors and FNHA regional teams and posted on the FNHC.ca site. The guide covers:

  • Strategic Guidance for Communities and Nations.
  • First Nations Community Recovery Supports.
  • Mental Health Recovery Plan & Resources.
  • Planning for Service Resumption.
  • Emergency Response Reorientation.
  • After-Action Reporting and Wrap-up.

The guide includes several appendices with tools like WorkSafeBC checklists and other resources. If communities need additional services they can reach out to FNHA for support at COVID19needs@fnha.ca.

The guide has been made available on the FNHA website.

FNHC Town Hall

On June 4, the FNHC hosted an all Chiefs and leaders Town Hall information session. The session featured senior leadership from the FNHA, Emergency Management British Columbia, BC Parks and Indigenous Services Canada (ISC). Highlights included:

  • Community Services COVID-19 supplies shipped out to regions.
  • FNHA Services Resumption Guide Overview.
  • FNHA finalizing placement of “gene expert” table-top devices in community.
  • BC Parks high-level overview of assessments for re-opening including: nature of facilities, Personal Protective Equipment supplies, nature of visitations (tourist vs. local) and staffing.

The Health Council is working with FNHA to set up topic-specific sessions on service resumption and how to best keep the BC COVID-19 curve flat. More details to come.

FNHC Anti-Racism Statement

The FNHC, in partnership with the FNHA, and the FNHDA released a statement of solidarity.

Urban Membership Supports During COVID-19

The health council has heard community leadership’s requests for more resources in support of urban and off-reserve members. The FNHC continues to advocate for sufficient away from home resources from our partners. 

With the recent funding announcement by ISC of an additional $75 million to support off reserve applicants to support COVID-19 recovery, we expect to see some relief of these pressures. Urban members might consider contacting their local Friendship Centre, which have received one third of the national urban and off-reserve funding allocations to date.

Counselling Supports for Chiefs and Leaders

The Kackaamin Family Development Centre and
Tsow-Tun-Le-Lum Treatment Centre (TTLL) are offering direct counselling and cultural support. Call toll-free
1-888-403-3123 for an initial consultation.

Hours for initial consultation/session are:

Monday to Friday……………………………. 8am – 8pm

Saturday and Sunday…………………….. 10am – 2pm

FNHC MMIWG Statement

The Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs recently announced a delay in their delivery of a National Action Plan to be delivered in response to the MMIWG Inquiry calls to action. The women of the FNHC delivered testimony to the inquiry and will be releasing a statement speaking to the unacceptability of the delay and reiterating the FNHC’s testimony provided to the Inquiry.

Question of the Week

Will my community be able to access resources to reimburse costs incurred due to the pandemic?

The First Nations Health Authority has mentioned that reimbursement for First Nations community expenses incurred during the pandemic is forthcoming. This is contingent on the regional disbursement of the recent funding announcement from ISC. More details will be shared as they become available. If there are immediate needs we would direct community leadership to the FNHA email for all needs during the pandemic: COVID19needs@fnha.ca.

Reminder: guidelines available for community specimen collection

The FNHA Nursing Office issued guidelines and considerations for health professionals on COVID-19 testing and specimen collection. Guidelines are posted on FNHC.ca for health professionals here.

Please send comments or questions about this FNHC Bulletin to: sharedsecretariat@fnha.ca