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Resources to Assist First Nations in Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic
National • English, French • Pandemic planning, Emergency Response, Law
As the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases is rising across Canada, First Nations are responding to protect their community members and encourage actions to prevent the spread to their communities. We have prepared this blog in an effort to provide general assistance to First Nations seeking information about pandemic planning, funding considerations and some legal issues to keep on top of. We are not providing public health advice or information, and encourage First Nations to obtain such information from reliable sources such as the Public Health Agency of Canada. We also encourage First Nations to work with their own public health staff (some First Nations may have funding through the Communicable Disease Control Program of Indigenous Services Canada for their own public health nurses) to educate community members about taking preventive measures and responding to potential cases of people infected with the virus.