Government of Canada COVID-19 Update for Indigenous Peoples and Communities
March 24, 2021 — Ottawa, Traditional unceded Algonquin Territory, Ontario — Indigenous Services Canada
Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is closely monitoring the number of COVID-19 cases reported in First Nations communities across the country. Overall, active case counts continue to decline, with 1,083 active cases reported as of March 23, 2021.
Even after being vaccinated, everyone must continue to follow public health measures, including minimizing in-person interactions with people from outside your immediate household, avoiding closed spaces and crowded places, wearing a mask, and washing your hands frequently.
In First Nations communities, as of March 23, ISC is aware of:
- 24,161 confirmed positive COVID-19
- 1,083 active cases
- 22,804 recovered cases
- 274 deaths
There is a total of 48 confirmed positive cases in Nunavik, Quebec, with only 6 of those being active. As of March 23, the Government of Nunavut is reporting no active cases of COVID-19.
As of March 22, 2021, more than 5.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been distributed across the country. As of March 23, 2021, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is aware of 226,790 doses administered in 610 communities. This represents 74 doses administered per 100 adults living on First Nations Reserve, in Inuit Nunangat and the Territories. This is over 4 times that of the overall Canadian adult population.
Vaccines continue to roll out and there are many examples of success so far. For example, in the Northwest Territories, half of the adult population has now received at least one dose of the vaccine. In Nunatsiavut, over 78% of the population have received their second dose.
In Alberta, Indigenous people aged 50 and older began booking vaccination appointments last week, no matter where they live in the province.
In addition, ISC is working closely with Public Safety and the Canadian Armed Forces along with First Nations partners and other service providers to expand on and accelerate the vaccine roll-out in First Nations communities in Manitoba. The teams will provide support in a number of ways, including administering COVID-19 vaccines, providing logistical support, and coordinating the delivery of goods and supplies.
- Distributing Vaccines (vaccine rollout chart updated weekly)
- Prime Minister announces new supports for Indigenous peoples and communities
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Indigenous communities
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Prevention and risks
- COVID-19 guidance for schools Kindergarten to Grade 12
- Risk mitigation tool for gatherings and events operating during the COVID-19 pandemic
- COVID-19 update in Nunavut
- Government of Canada is providing immediate assistance to First Nations in Manitoba to address the COVID-19 pandemic
- Government of Canada Releases Supporting Canadians and Fighting COVID-19: Fall Economic Statement 2020
- Government of Canada is providing immediate assistance to Indigenous communities and organizations in Alberta and Saskatchewan to address the COVID-19 pandemic
- Government of Canada is providing immediate assistance to Territorial government, communities and Inuit partners in Nunavut to address the COVID-19 pandemic
- Fighting COVID-19 - Fall Economic Statement 2020
For more information, media may contact:
Office of the Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Indigenous Services
Indigenous Services Canada
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