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First Nations grapple with COVID-19

the Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

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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COVID 19 rates of Indigenous peoples living on reserve is one quarter of the general populations

the Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

First Nations individuals living on reserve had COVID-19 rates that were one quarter of the rate of the general population — what can be learned from this?

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First Nations Disproportionately Impacted By Opoid Overdose Crises

Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Indigenous people are being disproportionately impacted by the opioid overdose crisis during the pandemic, according to the First Nations Health Authority in B.C. But the overdose crisis is not just a story about numbers, Dr. Shannon McDonald, FNHA acting chief medical officer, said in an interview with Canada’s National Observer on Monday.

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