Coronavirus (COVID19) Metis Nation BC Response
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The health and safety of our people is MNBC’s top priority.
To assess your risk of contracting or transmitting Covid-19, please take this self-assessment https://covid19.thrive.health
Please maintain a good hand washing technique and social distancing of up to 2 meters or 6 feet, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms; you have recently travelled to any location that has an active travel advisory related to COVID-19, or you know or suspect you have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, please call 811 for appropriate health information.
Please also note that when calling 811 you may experience longer than usual service wait times as volume of inquiries has increased.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation, please take good care of yourself, your family and your extended Métis family.
***CRISIS SUPPORT, please call the Métis Crisis Line 1-833-METIS-BC (1-833-638-4722) if you are in crisis. This line is manned 24hr a day and 7 days a week. In collaboration with KUU-US Crisis Services, the Metis Crisis Line is a place where you can talk, trust and feel safe!
****811 HEALTHLINE - COVID-19 Self Assessment (Medical, Mental Health, Healthy Eating Information)
***SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH DURING COVID-19 - Information.pdf
***AVOID BEING SCAMMED - There are so many scams circulating online, by phone, text, and even door to door targeting our most vulnerable during these challenging times. Never give your personal information or banking information to anyone. Scam Information https://antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/features-vedette/2020/covid-19-eng.htm
Please visit the government of Canada website for consistent and up to date information to avoid scams.
Updates March 27, 2020
COVID-19 MNBC Newsletters
COVID-19 Advisory from MNBC Citizenship Registry - Serving Our Citizens and Applicants in Response to COVID-19
In light of recent and ongoing developments related to COVID-19, for your safety and ours, all MNBC offices will be temporarily closed to the public effective immediately. Due to these developments, our Citizenship Registry is unable to print and mail Citizenship cards to our Citizens until further notice. We will continue to accept, and process applications received online by email, or ground mail, while our team works on enhancing the online submission of applications.
For more information, documents and resources, please visit our citizenship PAGE
~ MNBC Citizenship Registry Team
COVID-19 Advisory from MNBC Executive Director
(Surrey, BC) - March 16, 2020 - Métis Nation BC Executive Director public advisory regarding MNBC office closures to public >>> read more
COVID-19 Updates and Advisories from MNBC President
(Surrey, BC) - March 25, 2020 - Métis Nation BC President provides COVID-19 update >>> read more
(Surrey, BC) - March 17, 2020 - Métis Nation BC's President, Clara Morin Dal Col letter to Métis Communities and citizens >>> read more
(Surrey, BC) - March 12, 2020 - Métis Nation BC President's updated letter to postponing all non-essential meetings and events >>> read more
(Surrey, BC) - March 12, 2020 - Métis Nation BC President Clara Morin Dal Col advises all non-essential meetings and events should be postponed >>> read more
Public Service Announcements about COVID-19 in Indigenous languages
The best way to protect yourself and your community is by preventing the spread of germs.
Wash your hands often, cough and sneeze into your arm, throw out used tissues right away, clean and disinfect shared surfaces and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
For more information about the novel coronavirus visit Canada.ca/coronavirus or call the Government of Canada's toll free line at 1-833-784-4397.
HELPFUL Links and Resources:
Please visit Canada’s Public Health website to familiarize yourself with the latest updates Canadian Government COVID-19 information and updates
COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool - Determine your risk with this online tool released March 17th, 2020
BC’s Self-assessment tool: https://covid19.thrive.health/
Mental Health and Wellness - Please see information from the Canadian Mental Health Association – BC Division on staying mentally well during this time period in regards to Covid-19.
Register for free for Bounce Back J a self-directed course to help you manage low mood, anxiety and depression.
More information on managing stress and anxiety:
Download a free app like Mindshift on your phone, to help you relax, meditate and monitor your mood in an online private diary. Find out more here: https://www.anxietycanada.com/resources/mindshift-cbt/
Employment Insurance information on Covid-19:
Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits provide up to 15 weeks of income replacement and are available to eligible claimants who are unable to work because of illness, injury or quarantine, to allow them time to restore their health and return to work. Canadians quarantined can apply for Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits. Specific questions regarding EI Part I are encouraged to refer to My Service Canada Account (MSCA), the Service Canada Website, contact the EI Call Centre at 1-800-206-7218 or go to an in-person Service Canada Centre. If affected by COVID19, or under quarantine, then special measures may apply. Please refer to https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html or contact EI directly at 1.800.206.7218.
To find out if you are eligible, and to apply, visit the EI sickness benefits page.
Ministry of Education K-12
Ministry of Education released a set of public-facing FAQs, located on their safe and healthy schools website. The FAQs can be found here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/administration/kindergarten-to-grade-12/safe-caring-orderly/bc-ministry-of-education-questions-and-answers-continuity-of-learning-k-12-education_system.pdf.
Helpful resources for Kids:
- The importance of handwashing - https://youtu.be/3TJJNsUmDQ0 - a paid advertisement by Lysol but different coloured glitter shows how germs can be transmitted and the effectiveness of soap. A less messy option is the Pepper experiment.
- Virtual Field Trips, there are many resources being shared online to keep kids entertained inside including https://thecanadianhomeschooler.com/a-virtual-field-trip-across-canada/ https://blog.discoveryeducation.com/blog/category/virtual-field-trips-2/