Covid-19 Daily News Digest – April 22, 2020
CAFN COVID-19 BULLETIN 9
CAFN staff are reaching out by phone to all CAFN Citizens in the Yukon. These calls are to: check in on how you are doing, find out if you have any specific questions, empower you to support your immediate and extended family, and to identify new needs.
Heiltsuk Nation fishery collapses as COVID-19 wipes out export market
The roe-on-kelp fishery usually takes place in March or April, depending on when the fish arrive. The projected loss from cancelling the season is $6.3-million, the Heiltsuk Nation says, along with about $250,000 in salaries for 40 plant workers.
Five weeks later, Peterborough dealing with life under COVID-19
As of Sunday at 4:30 p.m., the area covered by Peterborough Public Health (the city, the county and Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations) had 58 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 31 cases resolved, 1,447 people tested, with 326 people waiting for test results. There has been one death from COVID-19 in the area.
Coronavirus outbreak: Canadian Rangers to continue helping First Nations communities in Quebec amid COVID-19 pandemic
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Sunday that the government had approved the extension of a request from the government of Quebec to have the Canadian Rangers help First Nations communities in the province.
Pasqua, Muscowpetung First Nations deal with security issues amid pandemic
“We’re trying to keep (our elders) safe and we know they’re a vulnerable population within our communities. They’re a valuable resource for us to go back to … for the big decisions we make,” she said.
Helping rural, remote and Indigenous communities respond to COVID-19
This new collaborative framework will bring immediate relief to these communities, including a commitment to moving patients to the critical care they need at a moment’s notice. This will help our work to stop the spread of COVID-19, while supporting better health outcomes into the future.”
Southwestern Ontario First Nations extending visitor restrictions due to COVID-19
Oneida plans to keep its border checkpoints in place and restrict visitor access until at least May 4. It’s also watching what other levels of government do before deciding whether to re-open to the outside world, Hill said.
“It’s a very fluid situation, so we’re just taking our cues from what’s happening in the province, as far as health and safety is concerned,” she said. “That’s how we’re approaching it.”
Early preparation has kept First Nations in Alberta free of COVID-19 so far say leaders
The 45 First Nations in Alberta so far have no known cases of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
At the moment, Alberta has 2,908 confirmed cases – 59 people have died.
Disrespectful’: Urban Indigenous population feels short-changed by federal COVID-19 response
“The fact that there was a structure that was that underfunded and competitive was … to me, it was disrespectful,” said Christopher Sheppard-Buote, president of the National Association of Friendship Centres.
“You are asking people to say, like, you are kind of Indigenous, not Indigenous enough to be trusted, to be given resources to support people.”
Why did it take a crisis?’ COVID-19 housing for homeless too little, too late, critic says
How many lives could have been saved over the years, if our provincial governments, city and strategic partners had put the same funding and effort into the homeless sector before now?
Hundreds of broken lives could have been saved, hundreds of youth lives could have been altered.