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.

Did you know that 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: COVID-19: Accessing Financial Benefits and Support – Overview of Support Available

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 updates

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:
COVID-19 and Ceremonial/Spiritual Practices:
Assembly of First Nations CoronaVirus Factsheet: