Tag Archives: COVID 19

First Nations grapple with COVID-19

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As of July 31, the percentage of First Nations individuals living on reserve reported positive for COVID-19 was one-quarter of the rate of the general Canadian population, according to Indigenous Services Canada (ISC). “The work that communities have done, to ensure the safety of their citizens, of their Elders and of their communities generally has been phenomenal,” says Dr. Shannon McDonald, who is the Chief Medical Officer at the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA). McDonald is Metis and Anishinabe, and introduces herself as a guest on Tsawout territory. But as COVID-19 cases continue to increase across B.C., several First Nations have also announced increasing numbers of positive COVID-19 cases.

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Small ship operator’s beach clean-up

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“If we can go out and clean up – helping another set of communities like the Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xai’Xais and Gitga’at – we can certainly start cleaning up our community. That’s what I’d really like to see coming out of this,” said Jonas Fineman

He was one of nine eco-tour captains who had just returned from a beach clean up along BC’s central coast. 

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only two new cases in North Vancouver Island last week

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Though the numbers are still rising, there are still fewer deaths and and hospitalizations in the second wave of COVID 19. There were 968 cases reported in British Columbia last week. The majority were in the Fraser and North Coast Health Regions.  Vancouver Island continues to report the lowest numbers in the province and there were only two new cases in North Vancouver Island last week.

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Election 2020: Dedicated to Indigenous voting

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Mikelle Sasakamoose wants more Indigenous people to vote. She volunteers her time to help run BC First Nations Rock the Vote, a Facebook page dedicated to Indigenous voting.  

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Election 2020: BC’s economic challenge

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“ … The challenge is the economics that is going to come home fairly quickly.  We’ve had too many people off business; off work. The bills are building and we must address that,” said BC Liberal candidate Norm Facey, in the only interview he granted Cortes Currents.

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