November 10, 2020 — Ottawa, Ontario, Traditional territory of the Algonquin Peoples – Indigenous Services Canada
Since the beginning of the pandemic, action has been taken at all levels to protect the most vulnerable and support those who need it most. We are actively working with communities and leadership to ensure necessary resources are in place to prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19, and stand ready to deploy additional resources as required.
In light of the alarming rise in COVID-19 cases in Manitoba, the Government of Canada, in partnerships with Manitoba First Nations, is providing $61.4 million in immediate funding to support their response to the pandemic in a number of areas.
Through the hard work and leadership of the Manitoba First Nations Provincial Coordination Response Team (PCRT), regional First Nation organizations and partners, Indigenous Services Canada have come together and worked in partnership to protect First Nation individuals, families and communities. The PRCT has fostered key partnership that has provided significant and meaningful support in the fight against COVID-19 in Manitoba.
The funding announced today includes:
- $38 million in immediate support to all Manitoba First Nations for public health activities such as Personal Protective Equipment for essential workers in the community, staffing additional primary care nurses, public health nurses, paramedics and community workers, and food security to support physical isolation;
- $3 million in immediate support to eight on-reserve Personal Care Homes to support the adaptation of the visitation rooms, the hiring of additional staff, and the implementation of greater infection prevention and control measures;
- $8 million in immediate support to First Nations with active cases for perimeter security, food security, and surge capacity as needed;
- $3.4 million in community adaptation funding that will support First Nations to make community spaces more COVID-19 resilient; and
- $9 million for Manitoba First Nations to respond to emerging needs through the Indigenous Community Support Fund (ICSF).
Since the beginning of the pandemic, including today’s announcement, the Government of Canada has provided over $268.2 million to Manitoba First Nations since the beginning of the pandemic to support their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Indigenous Services Canada will also take immediate measures to deploy an additional 12 temporary structures and three drive-through testing sites to Manitoba First Nations in support of testing. We will also provide additional support for contact tracing, and will partner with the Province of Manitoba and the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory to support rapid testing.
Indigenous Services Canada will also work directly with First Nations and partners to identify off-reserve service organizations that require supports needed by off-reserve members, especially in Winnipeg, Brandon and Thompson.
The government of Canada will continue to support efforts on the ground to ensure that Indigenous individuals, communities and organizations have the tools necessary to weather the impacts of COVID-19 on their health and lives.