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.

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, see current list of the staff operating in the Office of Ontario Regional Chief and their contact information:

ORC Office Staff List

 

Sherry Antone

Chief of Staff

Sherry.Antone@coo.org

 

Colleen Seary

Director of Policy (COVID-19 Initiatives)

Colleen.Seary@coo.org

 

Joyce Hunter

Policy Advisor

Joyce.Hunter@coo.org

 

Rachel Arsenault

COVID-19 Initiatives Team Researcher

Rachel.Arsenault@coo.org

Samantha Lickers

Knowledge Translator

knowledgetranslator@coo.org

 

Shelley Stacey

Executive Assistant to the Regional Chief

orcea@coo.org

 

Vanessa Ominika

Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff

cosea@coo.org

 

Updates from the Regional Chiefs Office

 

November 25, 2020: Political Office: First Nations Community Cases Update

Please find attached your Wednesday pandemic update. As a reminder, the data collected in the Confirmed Cases by Community Chart is self-reported from communities themselves. The communities are informed by their local Public Health Units. Where possible, the Regional Chief or the Initiatives team follows up with Chiefs in community to confirm case numbers.

November 23, 2020: Political Office: First Nations Community Cases Update

Please note: We have added a new column to our Public Health Unit chart that reflects the current status of each region within the new Ontario colour-coded framework.

November 20, 2020: Political Office: PHU Memo

Please find attached your Friday pandemic update.

November 18, 2020: Political Office: First Nations Community Cases Update

Please find attached your Wednesday pandemic update.

November 16, 2020: Political Office: PHU Memo

Please note: We have added a new column to our Public Health Unit chart that reflects the current status of each region within the new Ontario colour-coded framework.

November 13, 2020: Political Office: First Nations Community Cases Update

Please find attached your Friday pandemic update.

November 12, 2020: Political Office: First Nations Community Cases Update

Please find attached your Wednesday pandemic update, provided on Thursday this week due to
Remembrance Day.

November 9, 2020: Political Office: PHU Memo

Please note: Our coloured Public Health Unit chart does not reflect the new Ontario colour-coded system. In the coming weeks we will be making additional changes that will better reflect the new Ontario colour-coded system.

November 6, 2020: Political Office: Weekly Cases Memo

On November 3, 2020 Ontario released the new Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework, which will replace the previous 3 Stages. The new framework takes a gradual approach while keeping schools and businesses open and avoiding closures.

November 4, 2020: Political Office: First Nations Community Cases

Please find attached your Wednesday pandemic update. Please note moving forward we will only be updating the chart below.

October 30, 2020: Political Office: First Nations Community Cases Update

This week, Ontario saw two consecutive days of record-breaking new daily cases counts. The highest number to date was 1,042 cases on Sunday, October 25th.

October 30, 2020: Ontario Regional Chief Monthly Memo

As of today there are 132 of 133 that have zero new and zero active cases. However, cases continue to rise in all Public Health areas, which could have an impact on First Nations as we move through the second wave. Tomorrow is Halloween and this is an important day for families, especially children. While many communities have different approaches to celebrating this festive day, I appreciate that everyone is planning to celebrate in a safe and enjoyable way.

October 28, 2020: Political Office: First Nations Community Cases Update

Please note moving forward we will only be updating the chart below. On a monthly basis we will provide specific information on second wave data in our monthly summary report.

October 26, 2020: Political Office: PHU Memo

Please find attached your Monday pandemic update.

October 23, 2020: Political Office: First Nations Community Cases Update

As a reminder, please note that we have changed our reporting. On Fridays we will provide an overview of new cases in Ontario for the week.

October 21, 2020: Political Office: PHU Memo

The COVID-19 Initiatives Team for the Office of the Ontario Regional Chief has recently gained a new Team Member, Samantha Lickers, as their Knowledge Translator. She will be preparing the weekly Memos and updating all charts related to COVID-19.

October 14, 2020: Political Office: COVID-19 Pandemic Update

October 14: Day 220
Please note that starting this week we have changed our reporting of First Nation cases. As we move into the second wave, we have separated the information into two separate charts, one for each wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will highlight the similarities and differences between the first and second wave.

October 12, 2020: Political Office: COVID-19 Pandemic Update

October 12: Day 218
Please note that starting this week we have changed our pandemic reporting. Instead of one weekly report with all charts, the different charts will each be reported on different days. This new schedule allows us to provide more up to date information.

October 7, 2020: Political Office: COVID-19 Pandemic Update

October 7: Day 213
There are currently 11 active cases in First Nations communities. Our recovery/resolved rate is 86%.

October 5, 2020: Discussion Paper - Research on the Second Wave 

The purpose of this paper is to compare the three modern pandemics in order to gain a better understanding of what resources and tools we will need in place for the COVID-19 second wave, as well as providing us with a general idea of the impacts the second wave will have locally, regionally and nationally. In this paper we are going to compare the Spanish Flu of 1918, SARS and H1N1.

October 5, 2020: Land-Based Learning Guide

The purpose of this guide is to provide First Nations teachers, administrators, and communities with the basic information needed to implement land-based learning ( as a method of educating students safely during the global pandemic. Overall, the goal is to provide a foundation for successful and viable LBL education for First Nations in Ontario. This guide will provide a synopsis of the benefits, challenges, and outcomes of LBL, as well as curriculum and budgetary knowledge.

September 30, 2020: Political Office: COVID-19 Pandemic Update

September 30: Day 206

There are currently 10 active cases in First Nations communities. Only 4 of those cases belong to First Nations community members. Our recovery/resolved rate is at 85%.

September 30, 2020: Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald Monthly Update

The province of Ontario is now in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic as declared by the Premier this week. Many of you may have received my memo on the second wave, which highlights potential measures to consider for the protection of your community moving forward. My office will continue to provide current and accurate information to support your efforts to keep your community and families safe.

September 29, 2020: Memo to Leadership Council & First Nations Leadership: Community House Mapping Pilot Project

The COVID-19 Initiatives Team began meeting with Clear Direction Consulting in June 2020. The purpose was to discuss the community house relationship mapping tool that Clear Direction had developed. It was also to determine if the tool could be useful to support contact tracing within First Nations communities.

September 29, 2020: Memo to Leadership Council & First Nations Leadership: Second Wave of COVID-19

The initiatives team is tracking numbers daily and is producing weekly charts. As you can see from the above bar graph on the right, there has been a rapid increase in new cases since the beginning of September and it is becoming increasingly clear that the second wave has started.

September 23, 2020: Political Office: COVID-19 Pandemic Update

September 23: Day 199
There are currently 11 active cases in First Nations communities. Only 5 of those cases belong to First Nations community members. Our recovery/resolved rate is at 91%.

September 16, 2020: Political Office: COVID-19 Pandemic Update

September 16: Day 192
There are currently two active cases in First Nations communities. We were able to maintain zero new and zero active cases for four days last week!

September 9, 2020: Political Office: COVID-19 Pandemic Update

September 9: Day 185
There are currently zero active and zero new cases! There were no new cases reported in a First Nation this week. The previously reported case has also been resolved.

 

September 2, 2020: Political Office: COVID-19 Pandemic Update

September 2: Day 176
There were no new cases reported in a First Nation this week. The previously reported case is currently still active. As of today, our recovery/resolved rate is back up to 95%.

August 26, 2020: Political Office: COVID-19 Pandemic Update

August 26: Day 169
There was one new case reported in a First Nation this week. All previously reported cases have been resolved.

August 14, 2020: Political Office: COVID-19 Pandemic Update

August 14: Day 157
There was one new case reported in a First Nation in Ontario this week in Six Nations. There are two cases previously reported cases that are still active. As of today, our recovery/resolved rate is 93%.

July 29, 2020: Political Office: COVID-19 Pandemic Update

July 29: Day 141
There was 1 new case reported in a First Nation community this week. 13 out of 14 communities who reported COVID-19 cases are now back to zero new/active cases. Further, there is only one (1) active case in First Nations in Ontario.

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
outbreak.

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.

 

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