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COVID-19 Enhanced Public Health Measures & Enforcement

ENFORCEMENT AND FINES The temporary power was approved by the Ontario government on March 31 Ontario implemented measures under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) to require any person to identify themselves if they are being charged if non-compliance of orders in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to provincial legislation, police officers, First Nations co...
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COVID-19 Info Update – Health Sector

COVID-19 TESTINGOntario is prioritizing testing for the following groups and individuals: • Frontline health worker • Symptomatic peoples from isolated, rural, remote and Indigenous communities • Hospitalized patients with respiratory issues • Travelers returning to Canada with symptoms • Long-term care facility clientsDue to global increase in demand for testing supplies, different methods of se...
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COVID-19 NON-INSURED HEALTH BENEFITS POLICY UPDATES

EXPIRED STATUS CARDS Access to NIHB will still be granted even with an expired Indian Status card during the COVID-19 pandemic. The individual’s registration number can be used to process the benefit regardless of date of expiry.PHARMACY The NIHB Program has temporarily lifted the prior approval requirement for many limited use medications. Pharmacists have been advised of this change and asked t...
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COVID-19 Issues Update – Ontario First Nations Policing

There is growing concern about the availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for first responders in Ontario as global stockpiles become strained. In addition to increased needs from the healthcare sector, police services have been similarly impacted as their interaction with the general public continues to increase. This has also been the case for officers working under the Ontario Fir...
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COVID-19 Update – Indigenous Community Support Fund and Additional Supports

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada announced the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which includes $305 million for a distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund. This fund will provide support to First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities as well as regional, urban, and off-reserve Indigenous organizations. These funds can be used for measures including, b...
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$305 MILLION TO FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES NOT NEARLY ENOUGH

London, Ontario Mar 28th, 2020 – Amid the COVID-19 pandemic Canada has allocated nearly $100 billion in its economic response plan to assist the country.  For the Indigenous population they have set aside $305 million for Community Support, however, that amount is not going to be nearly enough for the Indigenous peoples to protect themselves from the eminent danger. The amount of $305 mil...
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COVID-19 Info Update – Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19

Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips released a $17 billion aid package to support Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19. The government announced several measures aimed at helping residents, businesses, the health care sector, and urban Indigenous populations.The total package contains $7 billion in direct support to various communities as well as $10 billion in business tax and other t...
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COVID-19 Info Update – Federal Economic Response Plan

The House of Commons has passed the legislation necessary to implement their $82 billion COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. This legislation is set to pass the Senate by this afternoon, March 25, 2020. Ottawa’s proposed aid package includes: $305 million for a new Indigenous Community Support Fund to address immediate needs in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation communitiesA temporary b...
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First Nation leaders say $305M not enough as MPs greenlight COVID-19 relief measures

Brett ForesterAPTN NewsThe House of Commons has passed a bill that greenlights the government’s $82-billion COVID-19 economic relief package but according to a letter sent to the government by Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI), the money set aside for Indigenous communities won’t be enough. “I think that money is going to run out pretty quick,” Grand Chief Joel Abram said about...
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COVID-19 Education Info Update

School ClosuresPremier Doug Ford has announced that it is unrealistic to expect for students to return to school on April 6, 2020 due to the state of emergency. The decision to close schools beyond April 6th is based on the decision of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams. The Premier did not specify when students will be able to return to school.Online LearningThe Ontari...
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