January 18, 2021

Canada COVID-19 Update for Indigenous Peoples and Communities 1 January

Indigenous Services Canada is closely monitoring the number of COVID-19 cases reported in first-country communities across the country. The department recently noted a reduction in the number of newly reported COVID-19 cases in first-country communities, with 600 new cases reported in the week of December 20-26 and 1,219 new cases reported in the week of December 6-12.

As of December 30, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is aware of the first countries’ reserves:

  • Confirmed 8,493 positive COVID-19
  • 3,039 active cases
  • 5,373 cases have been recovered
  • 81 deaths

There are a total of 31 confirmed positive cases in Nunavic, Quebec, all of which have been recovered. As of December 30, the Nunavut government reported three active cases and a total of 266 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Of the 262 people who recovered from the virus and the four affected communities, only Arviat and Vale Cove are still active.

The logistics of the COVID-19 vaccine require significant coordination among partners. That is why ISC works closely with Indigenous, provincial and regional partners to ensure an integrated, integrated and integrated approach that supports access to the COVID-19 vaccine by indigenous peoples and communities. Regional tripartite and co-planning schedules are underway to support the COVID-19 vaccination program involving indigenous partners. Enhancing the positive impact of immunizations among tribal communities, including urban centers, will require closer collaboration, information sharing and innovative solutions.

Health Canada last week approved a second COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Moderna, a significant step towards increasing the available vaccine distribution nationwide. The storage and handling requirements of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine mean that it can be distributed to isolated and remote tribal communities, including communities within territories. This distribution will facilitate vaccine access, especially to regions, the Inuit jungle, and vulnerable, remote and isolated tribal communities.

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As we approach the New Year, everyone needs to keep themselves and their families safe, while at the same time protecting people and communities from greater danger. While the arrival of a vaccine signifies a significant development, everyone should control close contact only with those in their immediate household, and communicate only in person for essential errors and actions. Maintaining public hygiene practices is important: Stay indoors when symptoms appear and isolate yourself or if asked to self-isolate, maintain physical distance and wear a mask when interacting with people outside the home (including indoor and outdoor). , And frequent hand, cough and surface hygiene.

The Government of Canada recognizes and thanks the leading workers who present their own protection every day to ensure that families, young people and especially the elderly are kept safe. Their dedication and hard work has reduced the number of people tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

As the incidence of COVID-19 continues to rise across the country, the risk of transmission increases. We urge all community members to support their leadership and follow proven community and provincial public health measures to save lives. Everyone can help control the spread by making wise decisions and following recommended public health measures.