Indigenous communities severely affected by COVID-19

An increase in COVID-19 cases in Indigenous communities was observed by the Department of Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) this month, with nearly 2,253 positive cases as of November 12.

Nearly 892 cases are active and 17 people have died, according to data from Indigenous Services Canada reported in a statement Friday.

In Quebec, 28 positive cases have been confirmed in Nunavik and all those affected have now recovered, the ministry said.

This increase would be linked to several large private and public gatherings where respect for health instructions, such as social distancing and wearing a mask, has not been respected.

At the provincial level, the First Nations of Manitoba are among the most affected by the second wave of the pandemic.

“We are paying close attention to the current epidemics in Manitoba […] We are actively working with communities and leaders to ensure the necessary resources are in place to prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19, and we are ready to deploy additional resources, if necessary, ”SAC said in his press release.

The federal government announced last November 10 funding of $ 61.4 million to support aid in the province.

A funding request process has also been put in place through the Indigenous Communities Support Fund.

“Funding is available to First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities as well as Indigenous organizations serving Indigenous people in urban centers and off reserve,” said Indigenous Services Canada.

Joe Savikataaq, Premier of Nunavut, meanwhile confirmed in a statement Friday evening that a new case was found positive in the Kivalliq region, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the province to four.

“The Kivalliq region will be placed in containment as a precautionary measure,” he added.

The federal government has allocated nearly $ 285.1 million to support public health initiatives in Indigenous communities to fight COVID-19.

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