As Chiefs and Councilors, health leaders, essential workers and community members work to protect our people and communities, we ask everyone to continue to take precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the new and dangerous variants.
On-Reserve Vaccine Update:
Beginning in mid-March, the Moderna vaccine will be distributed to all First Nations in Manitoba for those 18 years of age and older. 100,000 doses will be delivered over 100 days and all adults living in First Nations and who want to be vaccinated will receive their first dose of the vaccine by early May 2021!
Off-Reserve Vaccine Update:
First Nation people aged 39 and older are now eligible to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine!
Please call 1-844-626-8222 to book an appointment or book online here in order to be vaccinated. You will be asked to self-identify as First Nations as part of the appointment-booking process.
The call centre is open seven days a week from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Please note family members and caregivers can make an appointment on a loved one's behalf. Call 1-844-626-8222 if you need to reschedule an appointment due to weather concerns.
As part of the piloted roll-out of the AstraZeneca/Covishield, First Nation people aged 55 to 64 with a high-risk condition are the first group eligible to receive the AstraZeneca/Covishield COVID-19 vaccine. People with high-risk conditions (as determined by their doctor or pharmacist) will be prioritized.
To register to be advised when it is your turn for vaccination: https://www.manitobavaccine.ca/eligibility/
For more information and to keep up to date with COVID-19 vaccine eligibility please visit: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibility-criteria.html
Provincial cases as of April 14, 2021:
New Cases: 86
Total Cases: 35,539 Active Cases: 1,439 Recovered: 33,146
In hospital: 64 In ICU: 16
First Nation cases as of April 13, 2021:
New Cases: 21 On Reserve: 16 Off Reserve: 5
Total Cases: 11,696 Active Cases: 751 On Reserve: 564 Off Reserve: 187
In hospital: 25 On Reserve: 13 Off Reserve: 12 40% of total hospitalizations
ICU Patients: 7 On Reserve: 3 Off Reserve: 4 50% of total ICU Patients
Total doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered to First Nation people in Manitoba as of April 8, 2021: 22,726
On reserve: 14,344 - 16.8% of on-reserve population immunized with 1 dose
The entire province of Manitoba is at Critical level (red) on the Pandemic Response System.
Changes to existing Public Health Orders took effect Saturday March 13, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and will remain in effect until 12:01 a.m. on March 26, 2021.
COVID-19 Vaccine Survey
We want to hear from you! Share with us your thoughts on the COVID-19 Vaccine.
Click here to fill out this short 5-10 minute survey and be entered to win a $500 prize!
ATTENTION: FRAUDULENT ROBOCALLS ALERT!
It has come to our attention that there are fraudulent robocalls being made to citizens of SCO member First Nations These robocalls reference off reserve funds. These calls are not from SCO and SCO does not and has never used robocalls!
Be careful with whom you share personal information. Always confirm who are you talking to before sharing any personal information.
Racism in Health Care Survey Results
In advance of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21, SCO release its report showing the results from the Racism in Health Care Survey, conducted in December of 2020 and January of 2021.
Seventy per cent of respondents in the study report that they have experienced instances of racism when accessing services and programs in the Manitoba health care system, and nearly 80 per cent report witnessing a family member or loved one being discriminated against or treated badly because of their race. An overwhelming majority, 92 per cent of survey respondents, either agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that racism is a problem in Manitoba’s healthcare system.
Calling all Anishinaabe & Dakota Youth!
On this Spring Equinox, we challenge YOU to make a DIFFERENCE!
It’s no secret Climate Change is a very real and growing threat to our people, the lands we share... and especially young people & children!
Between now and Earth Day, on April 22, we call on youth from SCO’s 34 communities to share a photo/video of what YOU are doing to make a positive difference for Mother Earth.
From reducing your energy consumption, to community cleanup, or commuting to school by bike, we want to see you IN ACTION!
On Earth Day, we will award one lucky entry with a BRAND NEW MOUNTAIN BIKE. There will be other prizes as well!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or tag @SCOIncMB on social media before April 21, 2021
Protect Yourself: COVID-19 Vaccine
Got questions about the new COVID-19 vaccine? We have answers!
SCO has a Frequently Asked Questions Factsheet & Resource page to help our community members navigate all the information coming about the vaccine.
When the vaccine is available to you, we encourage everyone to get vaccinated. First Nation health experts tell us it is our best defense against this deadly virus.
How much do you know about the COVID-19 vaccine? Take this short quiz to find out!
Did you know you can access financial benefits and support during the COVID-19 outbreak? All First Nations people have access to these financial benefits, regardless of where you live.
Find out more visit COVID-19 Financial Supports
Get Your Benefits!
You may be eligible for extra money from the government and not even know it! Individuals and families with a lower to middle income level are eligible for funding from the Canadian and Manitoban governments, but as many as 40 per cent of eligible First Nation Families do not currently access these benefits. It’s time to change that!
For more information visit our Get Your Benefits page.
Non-Insured Health Benefits Navigator
The SCO Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Navigator is here to help:
- Provide support and advocacy for community workers in assisting their clients accessing NIHB
- Advocate with the federal government & health professionals on behalf of First Nations to resolve NIHB issues
- Support leadership in the work of advocating for policy change within NIHB
- Work to strengthen relationships with health providers, provincial & federal partners
- Improve awareness of the NIHB program & provide information to clients and service providers on the eligible benefit areas and how to address denials and appeals
First Nations Health Services Navigator
The SCO First Nation Health Services Navigator serves all First Nation children and their families accessing the Specialized Services for Children and Youth Centre (SSCY) and helps families in the following ways:
- Serves as a culturally appropriate point of contact for children with disabilities and their families
- Provides navigation to appropriate programs, departments and/or agencies
- May attend medical appointments and/or case conferencing with families on request
- Provides culturally safe drop-in and/or meeting space for First Nation families
- Collaborates with appropriate service providers and/or programs, both within SSCY Centre, as well as externally
- Maintains confidentiality in accordance with Personal Health Information Act standards to ensure personal information is kept private, safe, and secure
To contact our First Nations Health Services Navigator, click here for email or call 204-946-1869, extension 120.
For more information visit the Health Services Navigator page.
Child and Family Services Navigator
SCO’s Child and Family Services System Navigator provides support and guidance for First Nation families in southern Manitoba that are navigating the Child and Family Services (CFS) system. The Navigator can offer support and guidance in the following ways:
- Provide guidance and understanding of their rights to families and communities that need help navigating the CFS system.
- Ensure families understand the CFS policies and laws i.e.: case plans, terminology, court orders, etc.
- Assist families with identifying short and long-term goals that are realistic and achievable.
- Refer families to workshops, programs, funding and other suitable resources for their wellbeing and success, both within in Winnipeg, and in their communities.
- Establish positive working relationships with families, CFS agencies, and other family service organizations.
The CFS System Navigator is available from 8:30a.m.-4:30p.m., Monday to Friday. To contact the Navigator, please call 204-946-1869, extension 103 or click here for email.
For more information check out our CFS System Navigator page.