COVID-19 UPDATES:

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.

Provincial cases as of January 15, 2021:
New Cases: 191
Total Cases: 27,145     Active Cases: 2,907     Recovered: 23,478
In hospital: 118     In ICU: 16

First Nation cases as of January 14, 2021:
New Cases: 167     On Reserve: 86     Off Reserve: 81
Total Cases: 6,874     Active Cases: 2,032     On Reserve: 1,637     Off Reserve: 395
In hospital: 49   On Reserve: 22   Off Reserve: 27   42% of total hospitalizations
ICU Patients: 8   On Reserve: 4   Off Reserve: 4   50% of total ICU Patients

Cautious

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.

For more information on the current restrictions, read the Changes to Public Health Orders Backgrounder Information.


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.


Top 10 Ways to Make 2021 the Year of Reconciliation!

SCO is proud to unveil its New Year’s Resolution Campaign, drawing attention to 10 longstanding issues that the federal and provincial governments must take action on in order to advance reconciliation in a meaningful way!

Check out our Top 10 Resolutions list.


CALLING ALL SOUTHERN FIRST NATION FOODIES AND CHEFS!

What are your favourite Anishinaabe and Dakota recipes?

SCO is collecting recipes to create an SCO-community traditional cookbook, and we need your help!

Share with us your favourite traditional recipes, starting with fish and seafood. Photos of your finished product are welcome! Tag @SCOIncMB or email your recipes with your name and community to media@scoinc.mb.ca and we will send you a special gift for your contribution!


COVID-19 Pathfinders

COVID-19 Pathfinders

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.

COVID-19 Benefits

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.

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Weekend read from @SenSincmurr!

He warns 🇨🇦 of major obstacles to #reconciliation, calling on “regular” Canadians to help root out colonial mythologies of white supremacy by making sure places like schools don’t perpetuate them.
#cdnpoli #FirstNations
https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/residential-school-deniers-white-supremacists-biggest-barrier-to-reconciliation-says-murray-sinclair/

TOP 10 #NewYearsResolutions!

In the spirit of Truth & Reconciliation, we highlight 10 issues governments must address!

#5 for the 🇨🇦 gov is:

Honour @NCTR_UM's Calls to Action, incl. funding for #Indigenous languages.

Check out our Top 10: https://scoinc.mb.ca/2021-new-year-for-reconciliation!

#cdnpoli

Congrats Ebb & Flow First Nation!

They've achieved a remarkable feat 🤩

They were able to offer all of their vaccines in one day for the priority groups, including as Elders over 70!

CHI-MIIGWETCH to our Elders for their essential role in the vaccination process.
#FirstNations

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Another COVID milestone, for Pinaymootang First Nation!

Pinaymootang Elders over 70 lead the way by receiving their first #COVID19 immunizations this week!

Anyone interested from Pinaymootang can call the Health Centre at 204-659-5786.

Way to go Pinaymootang 👏
#FirstNations

Elders leading by example!

Congrats to Sagkeeng First Nation on your first vaccinations yesterday, beginning with Elders over 70!

BIG MIIGWETCH to these amazing Elders for stepping up in the fight against #COVID19 💪

#FirstNations #Manitoba #Indigenous #Vaccine

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Attention All First Nation Hunters

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 huntingrights@scoinc.mb.ca.
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.


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

To contact our NIHB Navigator, click here for email or call 204-946-1869, extension 120. For more information, visit Non-Insured Health Benefits Navigator.

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.