Coronavirus (COVID19) Metis Nation BC Response
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The Health and Safety of Our People is Métis Nation British Columbia's Top Priority!
Get the FACTS - Coronavirus/COVID-19 Facts
>>>ASSESS YOUR RISK of contracting or transmitting COVID-19, take the self-assessment
>>>MAINTAIN GOOD HANDWASHING TECHNIQUES and SOCIAL DISTANCING of up to 2 meters or 6 feet, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
***CALL 811 - If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and 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 note when calling 811 you may experience longer than usual service wait times as volume of inquiries increase.
- No cost supports, available to Indigenous people https://www.fnha.ca/Documents/FNHA-COVID-19-Mental-Health-and-Cultural-Supports.pdf
- Canadian Mental Health Association – BC Division on staying mentally well during COVID-19 https://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/infosheet/covid-19-and-anxiety Register for free for Bounce Back - a self-directed course to help you manage low mood, anxiety and depression.
- New virtual mental health supports for COVID-19 on the way https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/virtual-supports-covid-19 (BC Gov't News Release)
- Managing stress and anxiety https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html
- Free App for your phone, to help you relax, meditate and monitor your mood https://www.anxietycanada.com/resources/mindshift-cbt/
>>> 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/
KEEP MOVING during COVID!
ISPARC Announces the “Series 2” of FitNation Home Workouts Series!
Please make yourself aware of other scams that are circulating during COVID. For accurate updates please visit the Government of Canada WEBSITE
INVESTMENT SCAMS What is investment fraud in the age of COVID-19?
The RCMP wants to make our citizens aware of the common themes of investment fraud being reported.
View in browser: English - http://bc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=2087&languageId=1&contentId=64454
***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 - Scams are circulating online, by phone, text, and even door-door, targeting our most vulnerable during these challenging times. Never give personal or banking information to anyone. Protect Yourself From Financial Fraud Download - 5 Tips on how to protect yourself from fraud and scams.
Call - Dial 2-1-1 on Vancouver Island/Gulf Islands and in the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Squamish-Lillooet, and Sunshine Coast regional districts to talk with an Information & Referral Specialist. This service is free, confidential, multilingual, and available 24/7.
TTY - Access for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community in BC is available by dialling 604 875-0885.
Text - Text the name of your city to 2-1-1 on Vancouver Island/Gulf Islands and in the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Squamish-Lillooet, and Sunshine Coast regional districts to chat with an Information & Referral Specialist. This service is free, confidential, and available 7 days a week between the hours of 8 AM PST and 11 PM PST.
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Métis Nation BC - COVID-19 Newsletters
Weekly updates, support and informative; helpful resources.
May 21, 2020, Issue #11
Métis Finance Corporation of British Columbia (MFCBC) "Here to Help"
Métis Finance Corp Supporting Métis Businesses
Helping BC’s Métis businesses get back to business.
Metis Financial Corporation of BC offers financial services, including COVID-19 Emergency Fund loans (Nelson Star-Jun. 1, 2020 1:30 a.m) read article.
Métis Financial Corp of BC Supports Prince George Métis Business in Fight Against COVID-19
(Prince George Citizen-APRIL 21, 2020 12:25 PM): A forgivable loan from the Métis Financial Corporation of B.C. is helping a local network of 3D printer owners produce and provide free personal protective equipment to healthcare workers and first responders throughout B.C. and beyond. read article.
MFCBC RELIEF FOR METIS ENTREPRENEURS DURING COVID-19
Loans available up to $40,000 with up to $10,000 forgivable for eligible entrepreneurs
For more information, please visit: https://www.mfcbc.ca
Métis Nation BC Advisories, Updates & Emergency Supports
Edited: April 24th *** COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Rent Supplement Program for Métis Citizens Currently Renting their Homes (Application) Frequently Asked Questions -- MNBC recognizes that the MNBC Emergency Rent Supplement Program may not cover all costs associated with renting and therefore encourages all applicants to also apply for the BC government’s temporary rent supplement of up to $500 per month. The BC Government supplement, alongside the MNBC Emergency Rent Supplement Program, will provide MNBC citizens facing financial hardship with potentially a combined $750. The application for the BC Government Rental supplement can be found on the BC Housing website: https://www.bchousing.org/COVID-19. Please SUBMIT MNBC Rental Program Application to firstname.lastname@example.org
Edited: April 24th *** COVID-19 Education Support for Families Grant (Application) Frequently Asked Questions -- MNBC is offering financial assistance of $500 to Métis families with school age children to support the costs associated with online learning which may include but is not limited to, the purchase of a computer or tablet, covering home internet bills, or the purchase any other school supplies to be able to continue their education during this time while schools are shut down. The Education Support Grant program will be administered until funds are no longer available on a first come, first served basis. To benefit from the Education Support Grant program, your child must be a Métis Nation BC citizen or be eligible for citizenship, and must be enrolled in grades K-12 in British Columbia. If you qualify, the Education Support Grant will be paid directly to you electronically. Payment is limited to one per household. >>> read more ***Please SUBMIT APPLICATIONS to email@example.com
COVID-19 Updates and Advisories from MNBC President
- May 2020 Update -Download President's Monthly E-Newsletter
- April 17, 2020 - Download President's Update on COVID Emergency Supports
- March 25, 2020 - Download President's Update on COVID-19
- March 17, 2020 - Download President's Letter to Métis Communities and Citizens
- March 12, 2020 - Download President's Updated Letter to all non-essential meetings and events
- March 12, 2020 - Download President's Advisory regarding non-essential meetings and events
MNBC President Morin Dal Col's Monthly E-Newsletters
(Surrey, BC) - March 16, 2020 - Métis Nation BC advisory regarding office closures to public > read more
(Surrey, BC) - March 16, 2020 - COVID-19 Advisory from MNBC Citizenship Registry
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.
The MNBC Citizenship Registry Team is here to help. Please continue to contact our staff, by phone or email, for assistance. Thank you for your patience and support with our dedicated staff as we continue to navigate through these unprecedented times.
For more information, documents and resources, please visit our citizenship PAGE
Replacement or Renewal Requests
~ MNBC Citizenship Registry Team
Keep Learning K-12
Métis Nation BC's Ministry of Education encourages your child's learning and continued education.
It is important for children and students K-12 to continue their education during this crisis.
Click HERE for related updates, resources, suggestions and supports for parents and students to keep learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Resource Directory for Post Secondary Indigenous Students – Emergency Assistance
Your Métis Communities Care!
Member Information, Updates, and Supports from your community.
Metis National Council Daily Updates
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Temporary Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers
To support parents who are essential service workers during the response to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Province is launching a new process.
This process will match parents, who are working on the front lines of B.C.’s COVID-19 response and have children up to five years of age, with child care in their communities.
Essential workers can now fill out a new “parent” form to identify their need for urgent child care. Forms can be accessed by calling 1 888 338-6622 and selecting Option 4, or online: www.gov.bc.ca/essential-service-child-care
>>>Prime Minister Announces Support for students and new grads affected by COVID-19
>>>The govt’s new COVID-19 emergency benefit for students will provide more than $75 million to specifically increase support for First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Nation students. https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/pm-trudeau-announces-new-covid-19-emergency-benefit-for-students-1.4906564
>>>Canada Emergency Response Benefit - apply online http://ow.ly/3PdP30qtXlT
>>>Employment Insurance - read the latest update
Important information on how to access Federal benefits.
In response to the COVID-19 situation, the government has introduced the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit as part of Canada’s Economic Response Plan.
>>>The Canada Emergency Response Benefit is available and can be accessed here.
>>>Employment Insurance and Pension applications can be made online at https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/portfolio/service-canada.html
COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Benefits for Individuals
The Government of Canada has designed and launched a series of measures to provide timely and direct support to Canadians in response to COVID-19. These measures will help meet the financial needs of people across the country and help ensure that everyone can pay for essentials like housing and groceries during this difficult time.
See the following subject selection on benefits provided, such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, increased Canada Child Benefit, special Good and Service Tax Credit payment, and Canada Emergency Student Benefit. (updated)
- A quick reference guide for individuals detailing the various benefits available and how to apply.
- A quick reference guide on benefits available tailored specifically for students.
- Individual scenarios, which provide some examples of what benefits First Nations, Inuit, and Métis individuals and families might receive based on their living situation.
- A fact sheet on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, which includes specific information for First Nations living on reserve.
- Frequently asked questions on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
- An infographic on accessing the GST/HST credit and Canada child benefit.
- A guide on how to register for a MyAccount with the CRA, through which you can access your tax information quickly and easily.
For more information on the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, visit Canada.ca/economic-response-plan.
Service Canada can help!
If an individual that you support requires assistance with one of our critical services and benefits they can complete a service request form at Canada.ca/service-canada-e-service. Once the service request is submitted, a Service Canada representative will contact the individual within 2 business days at the phone number they indicate.
If your community members or individuals within your network do not have access to the internet or face other barriers, a Service Canada Outreach Support Centre will ensure they get access to the critical benefits they need. The outreach support center can be accessed by calling 1-877-631-2657. Outreach workers are available to assist from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday.
For accurate updates and information please visit the Government of Canada WEBSITE
CORONAVIRUS NOTICE: Legal aid now by phone only
- To apply for legal aid
- Child protection services at Parents Legal Centres
- Family duty counsel and family advice lawyers
- General information about legal aid
- online and other phone services:
Apply for legal aid by phone.