As our Chiefs and Councillors, health leaders, and community members work diligently through the second wave of COVID-19, we ask everyone to take precautions whenever possible to help reduce the spread of this coronavirus.
Effective Thursday, November 12, the entire province of Manitoba is at Critical level (red) on the Pandemic Response System and faces additional restrictions to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.
November 19, the Manitoba Government announced new restrictions to the orders:
- Individuals must not permit others who do not reside in their household to enter, with some exceptions.
- People are prohibited from assembling in a gathering of more than five people at any public place or common areas of a multi-unit residence.
- Retail businesses may remain open but only for selling essential items.
For more information on the new restrictions, read the Changes to Public Health Orders Backgrounder Information.
Provincial cases as of November 27, 2020:
New Cases: 344
Total Cases: 15,632 Active: 8,865 Recovered: 6,487
As of November 26, 2020 - First Nation rates in Manitoba:
New Cases: 90 On-Reserve: 32 Off-Reserve: 58
Total Cases: 2,675 On-Reserve: 917 Off-Reserve: 1,758
Active Cases: 1,526 On-Reserve: 539 Off-Reserve: 987
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. SCO is dedicated to ending ALL forms of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) against women, girls, and gender-diverse people.
From November 25 to December 10, which are the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, we will be spotlighting people and programs making a positive impact in our southern First Nations.
We will also be showing how YOU can take action to help put an end GBV with our 16 Actions list! Grand Chief Jerry Daniels is starting us off with his action to “Get the Word Out!”
Add your voice to this important cause >>> Send us a selfie of yourself holding up a sign with the action you are taking against GBV! Tag @SCOIncMB on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or email your selfie to firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone who sends in a pic will receive a special gift. 🎁
Check out our list of 16 Actions for inspiration!
Health Focus Groups!
The health of 2SLGBTQ in SCO Communities: SCO Health Transforation Focus Group (16 days of activisim on gender based violence)
An online 2-hour zoom focus group for SCO communities living on reserve and off reserve. The session will focus on 2SLGBTQ health service needs, gaps and recommendations. December 3, 2020 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm.
For more information click on the poster!
Health Transformation Action on Gender Based Violence: SCO Health Transformation Focus Group (16 days of activism on gender based violence)
An online 2-hour zoom focus group for SCO communities living on reserve and off reserve. The session will focus on health service needs, gaps and recommendations for victims of violence. December 4, 2020 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm.
For more information click on the poster!
Need help navigating COVID-19 financial supports for you or your business and/or government benefits? Contact our COVID-19 Support Pathfinders today!
Call them at 204-946-1869 or toll-free at 1-866-9701 or send them an email by clicking here.
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
More information on Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
More information specific to COVID-19 and Indigenous Communities
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 hopeforwellness.ca open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Telephone and online counselling are available in English and on request, in Anishinaabe.
Kids Help Phone: offers professional counselling, information, referrals, and volunteer-led, text-based support for children and youth. Text CONNECT to 686868.
Manitoba Addictions Helpline: 1-855-662-6605.
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 a number of different financial benefits from the Canadian and Manitoban governments, but as many as 40 per cent of eligible First Nation Families do not currently access useful benefits. It’s time to change that!
By being aware of what is available and making use of these benefits, you can have extra cash in your pocket to help support yourself and your loved ones.
For more information visit our Get Your Benefits page.
If you have been charged by the province under the new Wildlife Management Act, please get in contact with us!
You can reach us by email at email@example.com.
The Manitoba government has failed in its duty to consult with Indigenous groups on this issue and we will not let them deny our rights.
For over 20 years, Southern Chiefs' Organization has been front and centre in its work to advocate for southern First Nations in what is now called Manitoba.
"No one should ever be subjected to that level of racist treatment. She went to the hospital seeking medical care, and instead was met with insults and judgments purely based on being a First Nation person."
October 1, 2020
Daniels says that a further delay would be unacceptable, and an indication of poor planning and communication between the federal Department of Indigenous Services and the regional departments responsible for water stewardship and infrastructure.
September 29, 2020
September 16, 2020
Southern chiefs, Liberals accuse Manitoba government of withholding millions intended for kids in care
The Southern Chiefs' Organization is calling the Manitoba government dishonourable in the way it treats vulnerable children in the province. Southern Chiefs' Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels says Brian Pallister's Progressive Conservative government is attempting to present legislation that would prevent the government from being liable for taking hundreds of millions of dollars intended for children in care.
September 16, 2020
SCO concerned about about sending kids back to school
The Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO) wants to know who will be held accountable should First Nations students bring COVID-19 from provincial schools home to their reserves.
September 12, 2020
September 3, 2020
Hundreds of Indigenous children suspected of dying connected to care in Manitoba over decade
Southern Chiefs' Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels equates these high numbers to poverty levels in communities and from there it trickles into other aspects of peoples’ lives.
July 29, 2020
July 21, 2020
Southern Chiefs' Organization (SCO) is working with First Nations communities to implement jurisdiction in Child and Family Services (CFS) with an initiative called “Waakaabit.”
Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) Grand Chief Jerry Daniels said the SCO has been advocating for this change for some time. “This is about shifting the resources to helping families, mothers and children get a good start in life. I believe that taking children away from their mothers and families is not the right way to go,” he said on Friday.
First Nations in southern Manitoba will take greater control over their healthcare services as part of a new agreement with the federal government.
SCO Flag Raising at Macdonald Youth Services - June 9, 2020:
Grand Chief Jerry Daniels said he hopes the campaign helps raise awareness.
The billboards, which were organized by the Southern Chiefs’ Organization, will be partnered with bus boards and social media posts. Two are up today, and three more will go up around the city in the coming weeks. "Every facet of society is a part of creating that change, and until we start to take action on that, we won’t see the change," SCO Grand Chief Jerry Daniels said.
Showing solidarity with those protesting police violence in U.S.
In their pain and loss, the Indigenous and black communities are tragically united, said Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs' Organization, representing 34 First Nation communities in Manitoba. "Indigenous leaders want to lend their voices, and I think there needs to be space for that, but there’s no doubt that it’s time for black leaders to be heard," Daniels said Monday.
The federal government will be providing an additional $75 million to organizations that aid Indigenous people living in urban and off-reserve areas.
The Southern Chiefs’ Organization is calling on Ottawa for more COVID-related funding for urban and off-reserve First Nations people. The federal government created a $305-million pandemic-related Indigenous Community Support Fund in late March, and $15 million was set aside for urban organizations that provide services for Indigenous people living off reserves or in urban centres.
APTN News-Apr. 23, 2020
It's just not enough for Jerry Daniels, grand chief of Southern Chiefs' Organization. Daniels is calling for some sort of Indigenous police oversight board of that ...
Three Indigenous people were killed by Winnipeg police in 10 days.
It’s sparked calls for an Indigenous police oversight board.
Grand Chief Jerry Daniels explains how it could work.
That’s tonight on Nation to Nation. pic.twitter.com/1KePWA24v8
— APTN News (@APTNNews) April 23, 2020
Jerry Daniels, Grand Chief of the Southern Chiefs' Organization, spoke to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health April 21.
Brittany Hobson APTN News The Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO) in Manitoba is calling for the development of an Indigenous oversight ...
Legislation buried in Manitoba's budget bill aims to cut the legs out from under lawsuits over its collection of “baby bonus” cash for kids in care, ...
The Brandon Sun posed a series of questions by email to Southern First Nations Network of Care chief executive officer Theresa Stevens regarding the network’s mandate from the Southern Chiefs’ Organization to replace birth alerts with practices more in line with familial and community needs.
Last week Southern Chiefs Organization asked PM for Cuban doctors to be allowed in to help First Nations. Jorge Barrera · CBC News · Posted: Mar 30, 2020 ...
Jerry Daniels, Grand Chief of the Southern Chiefs' Organization which represents 34 First Nations in Manitoba, led a delegation to Havana to meet with Cuban healthcare officials ...
A file image of Grand Chief Jerry Daniels. (Source: CTV News Winnipeg). WINNIPEG -- The head of the Southern Chiefs' Organization is writing to the ...
Southern Chiefs' Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels says it was a prudent step to ensure communities have support and supplies they need.
The Southern Chiefs' Organization declared a state of emergency Tuesday. Grand Chief Jerry Daniels wants this move to trigger the regional office for ...
Darrell Stranger APTN News The Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO) has declared a state of emergency amid concerns surrounding COVID-19. Grand Chief ...
The Southern Chiefs' Organization has declared a state of emergency. As Mike Albanese reports, Grand Chief Jerry Daniels says government support is arriving ...
The national First Nations Tax Commission's chief commissioner Manny Jules, seen here with Southern Chiefs' Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels, helped ...
Road blockades originally planned for later this month by Manitoba's Southern Chiefs Organization are now being put on hold. The SCO planned seven ...
The Southern Chiefs Organization recently took a trip to Cuba and they were doing it for their health. Grand Chief Jerry Daniels and other representatives were ...
Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs Organization made the announcement at a media conference Friday in Havana, where a delegation of ...
"(Cuba's) doctors perform very well on very limited amount of resources," Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs' Organization told the Free Press from ...
Grand Chief of the Southern Chiefs' Organization, Jerry Daniels, said part of the reason for being down in Cuba was to discuss the potential for having Cuban ...
"We need to continue to let Manitobans know we haven't been treated as partners," Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs' Organization said earlier ...
Lake Manitoba First Nation Chief Cornell McLean, who chairs the six-member ... participated in (along with other Southern Chiefs Organization members) as an ...
The Southern Chiefs Organization are calling on the government to recognize the rights of first nations people.
Manitoba's Southern Chiefs Organization say the true blockade in Canada is ... Speaking at a press conference Friday, SCO Grand Chief Jerry Daniels said that ...
Southern Chiefs Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels speaks to media after announcing the organization plans to block road access at major arteries in and out ...
... delivered Friday by the leader of Manitoba's Southern Chiefs' Organization. ... to First Nations in Manitoba, millions of acres," Grand Chief Jerry Daniels told a ...
The Southern Chiefs Organization says the blockades will last two hours on March 20, and are aimed at drawing attention to the plight facing Indigenous people.
WINNIPEG -- The Southern Chiefs' Organization is looking for Indigenous artists to bring attention to the violence against Indigenous women, girls and people ...
... conception or the development on an idea around any sort of land development or investment,” said Southern Chiefs' Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels.
Grand Chief Jerry Daniels (standing) of the Southern Chiefs' Organization fist bumps Chief Cornell MacLean after speaking at a public event hosted by the ...
Grand Chief Jerry Daniels, of the Southern Chiefs' Organization, said the province has no choice whether or not to meet with them. "We want to make one thing ...
Southern Chiefs Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels said in a news release he welcomes the announcement but wonders why the change is not immediate.
Southern Chiefs' Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels says “institutionalized racism” is the reason the numbers keep climbing. “We have to come in and ...
Dennis Ward Face to Face Jerry Daniels has a lot of priorities for his second term as the grand chief of the Southern Chiefs' Organization (SCO) in Manitoba.
... custody, the grand chief of Manitoba's Southern Chiefs' Organization (SCO) says Indigenous people need to be at the forefront of efforts to reform the system.
The Southern Chiefs' Organization (SCO) gathered together with leadership from ... "With the acclamation of Grand Chief Jerry Daniels, the election wasn't held," ...
... and some First Nation communities in Southern Manitoba compared to others, and that's part of what Southern Chiefs' Organization is helping to resolve.
Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of Southern Chiefs' Organization will serve three more years as leader. He was acclaimed on Thursday, January 9. The swearing-in ...
WINNIPEG -- The Southern Chiefs' Organization (SCO) named its next Grand Chief on Thursday, and for the first time in the organization's history, the candidate ...
The Southern Chiefs' Organization (SCO) of Manitoba is calling out the Quebec, saying it's “very disturbed” the province is challenging the constitutionality of Bill ...
'There's lots of hypotheticals' surrounding Bill C-92, says Southern Chiefs' Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels. The federal bill is intended to address ...
The Southern Chiefs' Organization is voicing its displeasure over the province's throne speech, saying it fails to address many areas that could help Indigenous ...
That's why she organized the Winter Storm Benefit Concert at the Pyramid Cabaret ... All proceeds are going to the Southern Chiefs Organization's 2019 winter ...
For instance, a study — spearheaded by the Southern Chiefs' Organization (SCO), the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), and the Rural Development ...
“People are just looking for warmth and something to eat,” Jerry Daniels, grand chief of the Southern Chiefs Organization, told CBC News. “The necessities are ...
The Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO), which said Sunday that it's imploring Indigenous Services Canada to respond to the needs of these communities ...
The Southern Chiefs Organization, which represents 34 southern First Nations, says many communities are in dire need. "We implore Indigenous Services ...
But there's still a lot of work to do, said Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs' Organization. "I think that's symbolic and I think it's important, but I think ...
Manitoba's Southern Chiefs' Organization is calling for an end to the controversial birth alert policy in the province's hospitals. On Wednesday, the Southern ...
The Southern Chiefs' Organization (SCO) is calling for an end to the use of birth alerts. On Wednesday, the organization unanimously passed a resolution at the ...
Last Friday, members of the Southern Chiefs Organization and a handful of supporters ... SCO Grand Chief Jerry Daniels told The Sun that day that he would like ...
The Southern Chiefs' Organization signed a memorandum of understanding with Macdonald Youth Services on Wednesday that will let the two work together on ...
The conference was co-organized by the Southern Chiefs Organization and the ... First Nations leaders and elders, and featured guest speakers like Chief Lee ...
According to the RCMP, the Southern Chiefs' Organization (SCO), which represents 34 southern First Nation communities in Manitoba, is expected to hold a ...
The goal, Southern Chiefs' Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels said, was to raise awareness about various issues that affect Indigenous people. "We want to ...
... sixth of seven peaceful dances planned by the Southern Chiefs' Organization. ... "It has been well received on the ground," Grand Chief Jerry Daniels said on ...
Attention All First Nation Hunters
It’s never been more important to get your flu shot!
Southern Chiefs' Organization is encouraging everyone to get their free flu shot this year. First Nation people are at higher risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and mortality during a pandemic like COVID-19. With the flu season approaching, it’s up to all of us to do our part to prevent the spread of ALL illnesses, and to help protect everyone around us.
The best way to protect against the flu? Get the flu shot!
For more information, check out our Flu Shot resources 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.