As our Chiefs and health leaders work diligently to prepare our communities for COVID-19, we ask everyone to take precautions whenever possible to help reduce the spread of this coronavirus. The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) is exercising an abundance of caution by declaring a State of Emergency on March 17, 2020 and by postponing planned SCO gatherings at this time.

Do You Need Support regarding COVID-19? The Manitoba First Nation COVID-19 Pandemic Response and Coordination Team (AMC, SCO, MKO, and FNHSSM) was established and is working together to support MB First Nations at this time.

If you have questions about COVID-19, email

If you are experiencing emotional distress and want to talk, contact the toll-free Hope for Wellness Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or the online chat at open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate help for all First Nation peoples who want counselling or crisis intervention. Help Line counsellors can help if you:

  • want to talk
  • are distressed
  • may be triggered by painful memories

If asked, counsellors can work with you to find other wellness supports that are accessible near you. Telephone and online counselling are available in English and on request, in Anishinaabe.


COVID-19 Coronavirus Online Resources

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Manitoba Shared Health COVID-19 Screening Tool

Manitoba Government Official Updates

Government of Canada Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

Government of Canada Travel Notices

Southern Chiefs' Organization COVID-19 Coronavirus Notices

SCO COVID-19 NOTICE #3: Measures for Community Preparedness (March 19, 2020)

SCO COVID-19 NOTICE #2: SCO Declares State of Emergency (March 17, 2020)

SCO COVID-19 NOTICE #1: SCO Responds to COVID-19 (March 13, 2020)


Public Health Agency of Canada Steps for Effective Handwashing:

Public Health Agency of Canada COVID-19 Fact Sheet:
Assembly of First NationsCoronaVirus Factsheet:


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Southern chiefs “not surprised” by birth alert delay

Grand chief Jerry Daniels of the @SCOIncMB says he isn’t surprised by the provinces decision to delay the end of the practice of birth alerts in the province.


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No Collaboration, No Communication,
No Change in #Manitoba’s approach to the Birth Alert Policy,
But it will not apply to southern First Nations

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The Manitoba government will establish five highway checkpoints and provide information in airports to help inform travellers about the public health measures in place to slow the spread of #COVID19 #COVID19MB

Southern Chiefs Organization plans to ask federal government to allow Cuban doctors to aid First Nations. | CBC News

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