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Check out our COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below for reliable information on the COVID-19 vaccine.
#ProtectOurPeopleMB Vaccine Campaign
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For more information visit protectourpeoplemb.ca.
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SCO Celebrates Indigenous History Month
For centuries, First Nation peoples have survived against all odds: European invasion, colonial institutions, and systemic racism.
Though our history of transformational and historical figures is not often taught in Canadian schools, they deserve a place in every history book.
That’s why, for this Indigenous History Month, SCO will celebrate our own southern First Nation “History Makers”!
Check out our History Makers here.
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:
The Moderna vaccine has been distributed to all First Nations in Manitoba for those 18 years of age and older.
The Pfizer vaccine is approved for youth 12-17 and has already begun to be delivered.
Off-Reserve Vaccine Update:
Everyone aged 12 and older are eligible to schedule an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine!
Beginning May 24, all Indigenous people aged 12 and up in Manitoba can begin booking their second dose appointments.
Please call 1-844-626-8222 to book an appointment (call centre is open seven days a week from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM) or book online in order to be vaccinated. You will be asked to self-identify as First Nations as part of the appointment-booking process. Family members and caregivers can make an appointment on a loved one’s behalf.
If you are an Elder/Senior or have mobility issues, you can use United Way’s 211 Manitoba and Transportation Options Network to help get you to your COVID-19 vaccination appointments! Once you have a confirmed appointment, call 211 to identify available options.
All Manitobans aged 12 and up who have received at least one dose of vaccine by August 2 will be eligible for the first draw. All Manitobans aged 12 and up who have received two doses by September 6 will be eligible for the second draw.
For more information, visit the #ProtectMB website.
Vaccine clinics for Indigenous people living in urban centres
The clinics will be located at:
- Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre – Win Gardner Place, 363 MacGregor Ave., Winnipeg. Call 204-599-6551 for Ma Mawi Vaccine Call Centre
- Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre, 180 Higgins Ave., Winnipeg
- Brandon Friendship Centre, 205 College Ave., Brandon
- Prairie Fusion Arts and Entertainment Centre, 11 Second St. NE, Portage la Prairie
- Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre in Thompson , 4 Nelson Rd., Thompson
Do you need to be tested for COVID-19 in Winnipeg? Visit the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Rapid Testing Centre! Book your appointment by calling 1-888-986-8152. Walk-ins welcome from Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm.
Provincial cases as of June 18, 2021:
New Cases: 189
Total Cases: 55,098 Active Cases: 2,436 Recovered: 51,547
In hospital: 258 (20 out of province)
In ICU: 80 (20 out of province)
First Nation cases as of June 17, 2021:
New Cases: 79 On Reserve: 36 Off Reserve: 43
Total Cases: 16,277 Active Cases: 989 On Reserve: 508 Off Reserve: 481
In hospital: 83 On Reserve: 28 Off Reserve: 55 41% of total hospitalizations
ICU Patients: 39 On Reserve: 9 Off Reserve: 30 42% of total ICU Patients
Total doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered to First Nation people in Manitoba as of June 10, 2021: 102,400
On reserve: 68,301 – 50.3% of on-reserve population immunized with 2 doses
The entire province of Manitoba is at Critical level (red) on the Pandemic Response System.
New additional public health order restrictions will be in effect on Saturday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. until Saturday, June 26, 2021.
Jerry Daniels is Grand Chief of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO), representing 34 Anishnaabe and Dakota communities in southern Manitoba. In January of 2020, he was acclaimed for a second term, the first time a Grand Chief has run unopposed in SCO’s history.
SCO represents 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota First Nations in what is now southern Manitoba. Browse our news archive and stay up-to-date on coverage of our work to protect, preserve, promote, and enhance the lives and rights of First Nations peoples.
Want news and updates from our communities? Interested in meeting our staff and finding out what they do as part of the SCO? Looking for in-depth information and discussion on issues important to the everyday lives of First Nations peoples? We cover all this and more in our community-focused newsletter.
Discover educational and scholarship opportunities! We also compiled a comprehensive resource list to help you search and apply for other financial support options for First Nation post-secondary students, including bursaries, awards, and the Canada Learning Bond. You can also access historical and legal information related to reconciliation, residential schools, and Treaty Rights here.
Southern First Nations of Manitoba
Find your community in our interactive map of the 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota First Nation member-communities in southern Manitoba!