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First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA) Releases Pandemic Planning Tool For First Nations

August 4, 2020 For Immediate Release


Ottawa, ON

The First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA) is pleased to announce the Pandemic Planning Tool for First Nations Communities. This tool is available to all First Nations communities, free of charge, to help create their own personalized pandemic plan efficiently and effectively.

COVID-19 has caused much stress and anxiety for First Nations health managers. At FNHMA, we are dedicated to supporting the work that all First Nations health managers do in their communities, especially during this unprecedented and difficult time. The creation of the Pandemic Planning Tool for First Nations Communities would not have been possible without the input and support from so many different First Nations health organizations and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN)” Marion Crowe, CEO, FNHMA.

COVID-19 has caused much uncertainty about how everyone can help protect our communities from contagious and infectious diseases now and in the future. FNHMA hopes that this new tool will help First Nations communities plan their pandemic responses.

The Pandemic Planning Tool for First Nations Communities includes the essentials of developing a Community Pandemic Plan and can complement what communities may already have in place. The tool is based on the belief that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. That is why this tool focuses on identifying risks and planning to avoid or mitigate them.

A Community Pandemic Plan is usually part of an overall Community Emergency Plan, and as such, supports a more coordinated approach.

The Pandemic Planning Tool for First Nations Communities is available for download on the FNHMA website at

This tool will serve health directors, program managers and community health representatives alike; not only to enhance their knowledge, but to hone their skills and abilities, as well as to help them continue to drive change and build healthier communities.

Get your copy today!


For more information, please contact: Kelsey Thompson
FNHMA Executive Coordinator
Tel: (343) 961-5620


Kwanlin Dün chief says overcrowding contributing to opioid deaths – APTN News

Aug 03, 2020

The chief of Kwanlin Dün First Nation says stressors like lack of affordable housing, overcrowding an a lack of treatment facilities are contributing to the high opioid death problems in the territory.

Doris Bill said the situation is extremely concerning.

“Community leaders and health officials have known for years that Indigenous people have disproportionately been impacted by the overdose crisis,” she said.

According to the territory’s coroner, 13 people have died this year in the Yukon as a result of a drug overdose.

Heather Jones said of the thirteen deaths, nine were opioid related. Five of the nine opioid related deaths were First Nations.

Jones said she has no data regarding whether the other non-opioid overdoses may also be First Nations.

“Clearly, clearly, clearly, the numbers we are seeing this year are a cause for real concern and deep sadness,” she said.

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Wildfire training workshop shared by city, Yellowknives Dene First Nation – Northern News Services

August 3, 2020

A two-day collaborative workshop aiming to help area fire fighters from the City of Yellowknife and the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN) better prepare for wildfires in Dettah, was held last Thursday and Friday.

About 20 participants took part in the workshop that included members of the city’s fire division as well as fire fighters from YKDFN. There were also representatives from the city’s public works and engineering and community services departments in attendance.

The event was an initiative that came about after Yellowknife, Dettah and Ndilo received more than $176,000 in federal funding from the Climate Change Preparedness in the North Program (CCPNP).

The two day event was intended to build training capacity between the municipality and the First Nation to fight wildfires that could directly advance on communities – what is known as wildland urban interface –  due to climate change.

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Baffinland 2020 Scholarships Deadline Extended to August 14, 2020

Education and training is an important part of Baffinland’s commitments to the North Baffin communities. We support and encourage the pursuit of post-secondary education and recognize the importance of learning and development as a pillar to the ongoing development of the North Baffin communities and all of Nunavut.

The five, $5,000 scholarships are awarded on an annual basis for Inuit enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement and pursuing a post-secondary education. The study area of scholarship recipients evolves every year to reflect the emerging needs and trends of the extractive industry in the north.

For 2020, five scholarships, in the amount of $5000 each, will be awarded in the following areas:

Open to Nunavut Inuit enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement. Priority will be given in the following order:

  1. Inuit applicants Sanirajak Igloolik, Clyde River, Pond Inlet, Arctic Bay
  2. Inuit from the Qikiqtani region
  3. Inuit from the rest of Nunavut

How to Apply

Click here for the 2020 Post-Secondary Scholarship Application form and Guidelines.

Application Deadline
The deadline for applications is now August 14, 2020. If applications are received after this deadline, they will not be considered.

For more information, please contact:

For more information regarding our scholarships, please email or reach out to one of our Baffinland Community Liaison Officers.

ᑐᓴᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᖅ ᐹᕕᓐᓛᓐᑯᑦ 2020-ᒧᑦ ᐃᓕᓴᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᐃᑲᔫᑎᖓᓐᓂᒃ

ᐃᓕᓴᕐᓂᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᔪᕈᖕᓃᖅᓴᐃᓂᖅ ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᒋᔭᐅᔪᖅ ᐹᕕᓐᓛᓐᑯᑦ ᐱᓂᐊᕐᓂᕆᔭᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐅᐊᖕᓇᖓᓂᑦᕿᑭᖅᑖᓘᑉ ᓄᓇᓕᖏᓐᓄᑦ. ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑐᐃᔪᒍᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᔭᐅᖅᑐᐃᑉᓗᑕ ᓯᓚᑦᑐᖅᓴᕐᕕᒡᔪᐊᕐᒥᑦ ᐃᓕᓴᕈᒪᔪᓂᒃᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔪᒍᑦ ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᓂᖓ ᐃᓕᑦᑎᓂᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᓂᖅ ᑐᙵᕕᐅᖕᒪᑦ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᖏᓐᓇᕐᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐅᐊᖕᓇᖓᓂᑦ ᕿᑭᖅᑖᓗᖕᒥᑦ ᓄᓇᓖᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓇᕗᓗᒃᑖᖅ.

ᐹᕕᓐᓛᓐᑯᑦ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒃᑐᑦ ᑐᓴᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᖓᓐᓂᒃ 2020 ᐃᓕᓴᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᐃᑲᔫᑎᓂᒃ ᑕᓪᓕᒪᐃᑦ, $5,000 ᐃᓕᓴᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᐃᑲᔫᑏᑦ ᑐᓂᔭᐅᖃᑦᑕᖅᑐᑦ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑕᒫᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓅᔪᓄᑦ ᐊᑎᓕᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᒪᓕᒃᖢᒍ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐊᖏᖃᑎᒌᒍᑎ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓕᓴᕈᒪᔪᑦ ᓯᓚᑦᑐᖅᓴᕐᕕᒡᔪᐊᕐᒥᑦ. ᖃᐅᔨᓴᐃᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᐃᓕᓴᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᐃᑲᔫᑎᑖᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐅᑭᐅᑕᒫᒃᑰᖃᑦᑕᖅᑐᖅ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᓐᓂᐊᕐᓗᒋᑦ ᓴᖅᑭᑉᐸᓪᓕᐊᔪᑦ ᐱᔭᐅᔭᕆᐊᓖᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ

ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᓂᐅᔪᑦ ᐲᔭᐃᓂᖃᖅᑐᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥᑦ. 2020-ᒧᑦ, ᑕᓪᓕᒪᐃᑦ ᐃᓕᓴᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᐃᑲᔫᑏᑦ ᑐᓂᔭᐅᖃᑦᑕᖅᑐᑦ:

ᐃᒡᕕᑦ ᐃᓄᖕᒥᓪᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᖃᕈᕕᑦ ᐆᒃᑐᕈᒪᔪᒥᒃ ᐃᓕᓴᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᐃᑲᔫᑎᑉᑎᖕᓂᑦ, ᐃᓕᓴᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᐃᑲᔫᑎ ᖃᓄᐃᑦᑑᖕᒪᖔᑦ ᕿᒥᕐᕈᖅᑲᐅᑕᐅᖅᑳᕐᓗᒍ ᓇᓕᐊᒃ ᓈᒻᒪᖕᒪᖔᑦ ᐃᓕᓴᕐᓂᕐᓄᑦ. ᑎᑎᕋᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕆᐊᖃᕐᓃᑦ ᒪᓕᓕᕐᓗᒋᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐆᒃᑐᕈᑏᑦ ᑎᑎᖅᑲᖅ (ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ/ᖃᑉᓗᓈᑎᑐᑦ). ᑐᒃᓯᕋᐅᑏᑦ ᐱᔭᐅᓯᒪᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᑐᑦ ᓴᒡᒐᕈᑦ 14, 2020. ᑐ

ᑭᓯᐅᒪᔾᔪᑎᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᒃ ᐱᔪᒪᒍᕕᑦ ᐃᓕᓴᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᐃᑲᔫᑎᑉᑕ ᒥᒃᓵᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑐᒃᓯᕋᐅᓯᐅᕐᓂᐊᕐᓗᑎᑦ, ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᒃᑯᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᕐᓗᑎᑦ ᐅᕗᖓ


Positive Case Confirmed At Diavik Diamond Mine

27 in isolation onsite – down from 35 after further investigation

YELLOWKNIFE 31 July 2020 – The presumptive positive case at Diavik Diamond Mine has been confirmed through validation at Alberta Precision Laboratories (ProvLab).

The individual remains self-isolated in a designated isolation area onsite and continues to show no symptoms.

35 people onsite were isolated out of an abundance of caution upon discovery of the presumptive case. Further investigation determined 8 could be safely released from isolation.

Diavik Diamond Mine has capacity to test with medical expertise onsite and will be in regular contact with public health officials as they undertake an enhanced testing program.

Diavik employees are being kept up-to-date and additional precautions are being taken onsite to avoid any possible contact with those who are isolated.

The Chief Public Health Officer has carefully assessed the situation and determined that there is no additional risk to remaining workers and all possible exposures have been effectively isolated.

Case reporting

Under Public Health Agency of Canada reporting standards, as the person lives in Alberta and tested presumptive positive upon arrival to NWT, they will be tallied in Alberta’s totals rather than the Northwest Territories’.

As a result, the NWT’s confirmed cases will remain at five in reporting on our website.

All prior cases in the NWT were residents of the territory.

There is never no risk

As the curve begins to inch upwards in other jurisdictions with some troubling new outbreaks, and as traffic grows with returning and new residents, workers, and students coming from areas with community transmission, the chance for reintroduction is also growing.

While every indication is that people generally are following the rules, compliance will never be 100% — and when the rules aren’t followed, the virus can spread very quickly.

You have control

The difference smart precautions made in this case is a good reminder of the difference precautions in your day-to-day can make when COVID-19 presents itself in your communities.

Always remember: you can increase control over your risk by taking some basic precautions.

  • Follow all self-isolation rules – and encourage your friends to as well.
  • Keep two metres, about a white water kayak or ATV, apart whenever you can.
  • Follow the rules on getting together – and get out and enjoy the summer when you do, because outside is always best.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds – and do it a lot!
  • Stay home and away from others if you’re not feeling well – even if it’s really mild.
  • Contact your local health centre to get assessed for testing – and stay away from others while you wait
  • Wear non-medical masks when you’re out and it’s tough to keep your distance.

If we all play our roles and do this together, we can keep the virus at-bay, and keep our communities safe.


QIA Call for Candidates: Community Director, Igloolik

Notice is hereby given to Qikiqtani Inuit that a by-election will be held for the position of Community Director on September 21, 2020 in Igloolik.

Nomination papers will be available August 3, 2020 and must be received by the Office of the Chief Returning Officer by August 14, 2020 before 5pm local time. Fax and electronic versions will be accepted.

To be eligible to vote you must be a Canadian citizen, a Qikiqtani Inuit enrolled with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and be at least 16 years of age on September 21, 2020.

Nomination papers available from your local QIA Community Liaison Officer or at

For more information contact:

Paul Okalik
Chief Returning Officer
Tel: 867-222-5549

Office of the CRO
Ayaya Communications
Nadia Ciccone
Tel: 867-222-1484
Fax: 1-800-417-2474


Old Crow Solar Energy Project: Integrating renewable energy sources in Canada’s North

Fri, Jul 31, 2020

As the most northwesterly community in Canada and Yukon’s only fly-in community, the people of Old Crow see and experience the effects of climate change every day, and the Vuntut Gwitchin Government (VGG) is finding innovative ways to adapt to these changes.

Situated above the Arctic Circle and hundreds of kilometers from the nearest road, at the confluence of the Old Crow River and the Porcupine River, sits the community of Old Crow. Home to the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (VGFN), this small community of 300 people is deeply connected to the land, the water and the animals in their Traditional Territory.

By virtue of its remote location, the community has, for many years, been reliant on diesel generation for power. This began to change when VGG developed a vision that would see the community transition to renewable energy generation: a solar farm installed in Old Crow. Diesel generators turned off. Elders picking berries between rows of solar panels.

While VGG worked towards solar energy in their community, a Power System Impact Study was required to make the vision a reality. Yukon University’s (YukonU) Northern Energy Innovation (NEI) team, led by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Industrial Research Chair Dr. Michael Ross, had the specialized knowledge to complete the required technical studies, and in 2017, VGG, YukonU (then Yukon College) and ATCO Electric Yukon entered into a partnership that would see the project come to life.

The purpose of the Power System Impact Study was to determine how much solar energy could be safely integrated into Old Crow’s energy system without affecting the stability or reliability of power in the community. Project leads Jason Zrum and Spencer Sumanik, both research assistants with NEI at YukonU, performed the study, which included designing the methodologies and system models, and troubleshooting for potential problems and bottlenecks as they went. The NEI team worked very closely with VGG throughout the entire process, ensuring that the study results were meaningful to the community.

Old Crow’s northern environment and unique sunlight attributes were an important consideration during system design. In the northern hemisphere, the sun typically sets towards the south, but in places like Old Crow above the Arctic Circle, the sun does not set and circles the sky throughout the day in the summer, setting towards the north in the spring and fall. As a result, the final system design saw solar panels positioned in a unique back-to-back formation to optimize space, facing east and west to make the most of the community’s summer sunlight, and angled vertically to prevent snow build up.

Along with NEI’s Power System Impact Study, VGG’s partnership with ATCO Electric Yukon allowed for the execution of the newly designed power system, integrating solar energy into the Old Crow grid. While VGG purchased the capital assets, such as the solar panels and the energy storage battery, ATCO ensures that solar energy produced is stored in the battery and used effectively and efficiently so that the community can operate diesel-off for certain periods of time, while still benefitting from safe and reliable power.

The project came full circle when the NEI team returned to Old Crow with Solvest, a northern Canadian based solar company, to train community members to maintain and operate their new solar energy system. As a result, Old Crow will be able to operate with diesel generators turned off for 95-100 non-consecutive days of the year. The solar farm sits unfenced, a valued and respected community asset, just as originally envisioned by VGG leadership. The community engagement and education element of this project contributed significantly to its success, helping Old Crow align their energy consumption needs with their environmental stewardship values, and instilling great pride within the community.

“Nothing happens without people. We’re all in this together and have to work together for a solution,” said Dr. Michael Ross. “Every step along the way we have to make sure the community benefits – that’s the whole purpose of what we’re doing. By virtue of pursuing a project that is meaningful to the community, it’s very meaningful for us [NEI]. I am very proud and fortunate to have been part of this exciting project.”

Article by Kathryn Hallett. This story was first published in the Spring 2020 issue of Yukon: North of Ordinary.


NT Government: Presumptive Positive Case of COVID-19 at Diamond Mine

Case being further investigated and validated

YELLOWKNIFE 30 July 2020 – Testing upon entry resulted in a presumptive positive case for an Alberta resident working at Diavik Diamond Mine.

The individual is currently self-isolating in a designated isolation area onsite and is doing well with no symptoms.

No further details will be provided to protect privacy.

Medical staff at the mine is working closely with public health officials to validate the test at Alberta Provincial Laboratory. Contacts at the mine site have been isolated in designated isolation areas.

No additional contacts are expected in the Northwest Territories – though the case investigation continues.

Contacts were minimized due to heightened precautions taken on charter flights to NWT mines – including direct charter flights from Edmonton to the mine site and mandatory mask use on airplanes and shuttle buses.

The individual had also spent minimal time on the work site at the time of receiving a result.

As this case continues to be validated, statistics on our website will not include this presumptive case at this time.

False Claims

Some individuals on Facebook claimed this morning that there were three cases of COVID-19 in hospital in Yellowknife.

This is false.

We would like to remind residents that spreading unconfirmed rumours serves only to spread anxiety and misinformation – and are dangerous to our collective wellbeing.

The public are reminded that the GNWT will always announce new cases as soon as possible after the circumstances of cases are determined, and patient notification is complete.

The Government of the Northwest Territories posts case and test updates daily on our website.


Nunavut residents want to see change at Winnipeg isolation hotels – CBC

Nunavut’s Health Department says it takes guests’ feedback seriously

Jul 31, 2020

There is now a second hotel in Winnipeg for Nunavut residents to isolate in before returning home from the South amid the pandemic, but some travellers say there are changes that need to be made for future guests.

Two women who recently stayed at the Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites in Manitoba’s capital told CBC News that rules and restrictions in the quarantine hotel are inconsistent.

“The rules are changing daily,” said Helen Ell-Natakok of Coral Harbour. “The government and security must not be communicating enough.”

For example, while businesses offering restaurant delivery can freely drop off orders for the guests, she said locals wanting to drop off country food and supplies could be accepted one day, and refused the next.

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Arviat daycare staff, children may have been exposed to TB: GN – Nunatsiaq News

30 July 2020

Nunavut health officials are warning Arviat families that children attending the local daycare centre may have been exposed to tuberculosis, according to a July 30 news release

Nunavut’s chief public health officer advised any staff and children who have spent time at the centre to be screened at Arviat’s health centre for the bacterial infection.

Health officials did not indicate the source of the TB infection, but noted that “a positive TB test usually means that an individual shared airspace with someone who has active TB.”

Tuberculosis enters the body when an individual breathes in the bacteria, which can cause sleeping TB—that may or may not develop into an illness. But if sleeping TB is not treated, it can lead to active TB.

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