National Chief Perry Bellegarde Statement on COVID-19

The Assembly of First Nations is pressing Canada to ensure the unique situation and needs of First Nations are addressed in its preparedness planning. There are many factors such as remoteness, over-crowded housing, lack of access to drinking water and more that require a dedicated plan and response. The AFN is connecting with officials at Indigenous Services Canada, the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch and the Public Health Agency of Canada to get daily updates. The AFN has provided a basic Fact Sheet to First Nations and will disseminate any new and important information on COVID-19 through all our communications channels – the AFN website, AFN social media accounts, and directly to First Nations leadership and other partners. We want to ensure First Nations leadership has direct access to health officials and resources in their region.

National Chief Perry Bellegarde

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Perry Bellegarde’s
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Ahkameyimok Podcast series with National Chief Perry Bellegarde

October 22, 2020

Chief Mike Sack – Attacks on the Mi’kmaq Lobster Fishery

October 16, 2020

New Green Party Leader – Annamie Paul

October 1, 2020

Policing, Health and Orange Shirt Day w Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler

September 24, 2020

Why First Nations Traditions, Language and Knowledge Matter More Than Ever – Dr Dan Longboat

September 18, 2020

Brad Regehr – The First Indigenous President of the Canadian Bar Association

September 10, 2020

Residential Schools: Consigned to History — with Chief Dennis Meeches

September 03, 2020

COVID-19 and Back to School with Marion Crowe

August 28, 2020

Saving the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge – with Gwich’in Grand Chief Bobbie Jo Greenland-Morgan

August 19, 2020

Erin O’Toole – Federal Conservative Leadership Candidate

August 07, 2020

Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney

July 23, 2020

Dr. Dan Longboat – The Importance of First Nations Traditions, Language and Knowledge Now

July 10, 2020

Kevin Loring – Artistic Director – Indigenous Theatre, National Arts Centre

July 2, 2020

Reggie Leach – The Riverton Rifle

June 25, 2020

Navajo Nation: America’s Worst COVID Outbreak

June 19, 2020

Rodney Levi: Shot Dead by the RCMP

June 12, 2020

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki – Policing, Racism and First Nations

June 05, 2020

Dr Kerry Black: The Big Reset and First Nations.

May 29, 2020

DR EVAN ADAMS: First Nations COVID successes and preparing for the second wave.

May 14, 2020

COVID HOTSPOT:  la loche, saskatchewan

May 8, 2020

COVID-19 and First Nations Youth

May 4, 2020

Marc Miller – Federal Minister of Indigenous Services

April 24, 2020

Urban First Nations
and COVID-19

April 16, 2020

Ahead of the COVID Curve in the Pasqua First Nation

April 9, 2020

COVID-19 and the First Nations Response

Regional Contact Information for First Nations

AFN Regional Offices

Marlene Poitras

Terry Teegee

RoseAnne Archibald

Ghislain Picard

Bobby Cameron

Kluane Adamek

FNIHB Regional Medical Officers

Dr. Evan Adams
British Columbia

Dr.Ibrahim Khan

Dr. Nnamdi Dubuka
Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority

Richard Budgell
Quebec – No RMO

Marie-Noelle Caron
Public Health Physician working out of the FNQLHSSC.

Dr. Eilish Cleary

Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health (CCMOH)

Dr. Theresa Tam
Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

Dr. Bonnie Henry
Provincial Health Officer, British Columbia
Chair, Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health

Dr. Brendan E. Hanley
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Yukon
Vice-Chair, Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health

Dr. Janice Fitzgerald
I/Chief Medical Officer of Health, Newfoundland and Labrador

Dr. Heather Morrison
Chief Public Health Officer, Prince Edward Island

Dr. Robert Strang
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Nova Scotia

Dr. Jennifer Russell
Chief Medical Officer of Health, New Brunswick

Dr. Horacio Arruda
Director of Public Health and Assistant Deputy Minister
Ministry of Health and Social Services, Québec

Dr. David Williams
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario

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Dr. Brent Roussin
Chief Public Health Officer, Manitoba

Dr. Saqib Shahab
Chief Medical Health Officer, Saskatchewan

Dr. Deena Hinshaw
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Alberta

Dr. Michael Patterson
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Nunavut

Dr. Kami Kandola
Chief Public Health Officer, Northwest Territories

Dr. Evan Adams
Chief Medical Officer, First Nations Health Authority, British Columbia

Dr. Tom Wong
Chief Medical Officer, Public Health, Indigenous Services Canada

Dr. Valerie Gideon
Senior Assistant Deputy Minister,
First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Indigenous Services Canada

Keith Conn
Assistant Deputy Minister,
First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Indigenous Services Canada

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