As a mechanism to support Leadership, the Office of the Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald will hold weekly calls to provide updates, hear concerns, and share all information as it becomes available. These weekly calls were initiated by the Leadership Council comprised of the Grand Chiefs and the Independent First Nations Chiefs.
“Again, while the risk of transmission currently remains low, we must ensure that all proactive, preventative measures are taken to minimize risks to our communities, particularly our most vulnerable community members, Elders, those with chronic illness and those with compromised immune systems,”Ontario Regional Chief, RoseAnne Archibald
As COVID-19 continues to evolve with the potential to impact our communities several concerns and opportunities have been raised. We are committed to working together with all of you in keeping our nations protected, supported and embraced, while not possible physically, then with our spirit, as we do everything possible to combat COVID-19 and its impacts.
While FNIHB-OR is responsible for working with communities in updating community plans/annexes/pandemic plans we know that there are many communities who through lack of capacity have no current plans in place. The Chiefs of Ontario recognizes that Pandemic Plans should be in place before a pandemic event we are stressing that First Nation communities address pandemic planning in parallel to the “real time” process of protecting your communities.
To support you in this endeavour Chiefs of Ontario Health Sector and Communications Department will be providing you with updates and a daily guide to the coronavirus outbreak. Get the latest news, tips on prevention and all other information distributed to First Nations leadership and communities by the Political Office and the Chiefs of Ontario through this blog, and all information will be posted below.
COVID-19 Updates – Thursday, March 26, 2020
Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips delivered the March 2020 Economic and Fiscal Update in the Legislature on March 25, 2020. Attached is a briefing outlining the key points in announcement: