Ontario Regional Chief Political Office COVID-19 Updates to Leadership
“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 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.
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 website, and all information will be posted below.
There have also been additional changes to staff titles, roles and responsibilities. To keep you updated, I have provided a current list of the staff operating in the Office of Ontario Regional Chief and their contact information:
ORC Office Staff List
Chief of Staff
Director of Policy (COVID-19 Initiatives)
Policy Analyst & Researcher
Executive Assistant to the Regional Chief
Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff
Updates from the Regional Chiefs Office
September 4, 2020: Weekly Pandemic Update from Colleen Seary, Director of Policy (Covid-19)
Weekly Pandemic Update from the Ontario Regional Chiefs' Office
JUNE 3, 2020 - Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald on the delay of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls National Action Plan.
One year ago, on June 3, 2019, the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) National Inquiry delivered their final report titled “Reclaiming Power and Place.” On May 26, 2020, Minister Bennett confirmed that the National Action Plan to implement the Calls for Justice would be delayed past the June 3, 2020 release.
JUNE 1, 2020 - Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald marks the 11th anniversary of National Indigenous History Month
Today, Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald is marking the beginning of National Indigenous History Month. After continued calls by First Nations and Indigenous Peoples in Canada, in 2009, the House of Commons unanimously voted to designate June as National Indigenous History Month.
MAY 14, 2020 - ONTARIO REGIONAL CHIEF - WEEKLY MEMO TO LEADERSHIP
The work in my office continues to be guided by the higher purpose of preserving and protecting the health, well-being and lives of First Nation Members during the COVID-19 pandemic, with an overall goal of zero new confirmed COVID-19 cases in First Nation communities. This weekly memo highlights our work.
MAY 14, 2020 - SUMMARY REPORT OF THE ONTARIO REGIONAL CHIEF
Please find a summary of highlights from this week. Numerous conference calls were held with all levels of government including Indigenous Services Canada, Ontario, Ministry Emergency Operations Centre, Ontario Minister of Energy, Mines, Northern Development and Indigenous Affairs Greg Rickford, Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey, ISC FNIHB Sr. ADM Valerie Gideon, ISC FNIHB Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Evan Adams, COO Leadership Council, FNIHB, Mississaugas of Credit, Curve Lake First Nation, Kettle & Stoney Point FN, Walpole Island and Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.
MAY 11, 2020 - DRAFT Guidance on Re-Opening for Remote, Isolated and First Nations, Inuit and Métis Communities - For Discussion
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has developed a guidance document to “navigate a new normal,” meaning supports to help Canadians live safely with COVID-19 until an effective vaccine and/or therapeutics are found. While the document includes helpful, practical guidance, it is written with a view of supporting all Canadians; the realities for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada are often different from those in the rest of Canada. While the PHAC document will serve as the foundation for this guidance document, in particular components of evidence-based public health guidance, this document is meant to speak to the unique realities, cultures, and lived experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.
MAY 5, 2020 - ONTARIO REGIONAL CHIEF, RoseAnne Archibald Supports call for Indigenous and non-Indigenous leadership committee for Manitoulin Island non-essential travel ban in place
The Regional Chief of Ontario, RoseAnne Archibald fully supports Chief Debassige and the council of M'Chigeeng First Nation and the continued implementation of a non-essential travel ban, with checkpoints entering into their community.
MAY 1, 2020 - ONTARIO REGIONAL CHIEF - WEEKLY MEMO TO LEADERSHIP
As Ontario announces their efforts to open up the economy, in stages. First Nations must remain cautious as cases continue to rise in our communities, even if incrementally.
MAY 1, 2020 - SUMMARY REPORT OF THE ONTARIO REGIONAL CHIEF
Please find a summary of highlights from this week. Numerous conference calls were held with all levels of government including Indigenous Services Canada, Ontario Ministry Emergency Operations Centre, Ontario Minister of Energy, Mines and Northern Development and Indigenous Affairs Greg Rickford, COO Leadership Council, FNIHB, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, Mississaugas of Credit First Nation, Curve Lake First Nation, Kiashke Zaagiing and Clear Direction Consultants. There were often recurring topics throughout all of the calls. These will be highlighted throughout this summary.
MAY 1, 2020 - ORC OFFICE - PANDEMIC GOALS
To protect and preserve the health, well-being and lives of First Nations during the COVID-19 pandemic
MAY 1, 2020 - ORC OFFICE - STAT RESPONSE TEAM
The purpose of the STAT Teams is to ensure a rapid
response. Further, they are responsible for quick action and implementing proper measures to prevent
cluster infections and the spread of COVID-19 in the community within the first 24-hours of an
APRIL 17, 2020 - Summary Report of the Ontario Regional Chief
Please find a summary of highlights from this week. Numerous conference calls were held with all levels of government including: Minister Indigenous Services Canada Marc Miller, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, Minister of Energy, Mines, Northern Development and Indigenous Affairs Greg Rickford, Minister of Education Stephen Lecce; OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique, COO Leadership Council, Ontario Ministry of Emergency Operations Centre, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, and FNIHB.
APRIL 17, 2020 - ORC WEEKLY MEMO TO LEADERSHIP
We made it through another week during these trying and difficult times. Even though some of the statistics look disheartening across the country, First Nation communities continue to have lower rates of positive cases and overall transmission. Read more by clicking download.
APRIL 15, 2020 - ONTARIO REGIONAL CHIEF ROSEANNE ARCHIBALD: Day 36 - COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATE
Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald provides information on keeping our communities safe, including tools we can use to stop/slow the spread of COVID-19
APRIL 9, 2020 - ONTARIO REGIONAL CHIEF ROSEANNE ARCHIBALD: Day 30 - COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATE
Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald provides an Easter video message and provides information on keeping our communities safe.
APRIL 4, 2020 - ONTARIO REGIONAL CHIEF ROSEANNE ARCHIBALD: Day 25 COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATE
Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald provides video message on how to avoid bringing COVID-19 into communities.
MARCH 24, 2020 - ONTARIO REGIONAL CHIEF ARCHIBALD SUPPORTS AFN’S CALL FOR A COVID-19 STATE OF EMERGENCY
Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald supported the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) motion yesterday which led to the COVID-19 Declaration of a State of Emergency for First Nations across the country.
MARCH 24, 2020 - ORC POLITICAL OFFICE: PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Health care workers require masks, gloves and gowns to treat patients and test patients for COVID-19 which are called Personal Protective Equipment, and recently officials warning inventory in the province of Ontario is now “critically short.”
MARCH 20, 2020 - SUMMARY REPORT FROM ONTARIO REGIONAL CHIEF
Please find a summary of highlights from this week. Numerous conference calls were held with all levels of government including Indigenous Services Canada, AFN Executive Committee, Ministry of Health, COO Leadership Council, and FNIHB. Although these were separate conference calls there was recurring topics throughout all of the calls. These will be highlighted throughout this summary.
MARCH 20, 2020 - ONTARIO REGIONAL CHIEF - WEEKLY UPDATE
As of today’s date, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in our First Nation communities. We are only slightly ahead of the curve and our vigilance and quick action will keep our citizens safe in the months ahead. Meegwetch for taking the necessary precautions to protect your communities.