Federal COVID-19 update in Indigenous communities, more aid for Kashechewan First Nation
In a news conference on Parliament Hill, Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller provides an update on the federal government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), focusing on the pandemic’s impact on Indigenous communities in Canada. He is joined by Valerie Gideon (the senior assistant deputy minister for the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Indigenous Services Canada) and Dr. Tom Wong (the chief medical officer of public health for Indigenous Services Canada).
The minister announces that the Canadian Armed Forces will provide additional support to the Kashechewan First Nation following a request from Ontario. The northern Ontario community of about 1,800 people is reporting 232 active COVID-19 cases, many involving children and teenagers, and is under lockdown. (June 16, 2021)