COVID-19 in Indigenous communities: What you need to know

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The number of vaccinations against COVID-19 is steadily increasing in First Nations and Inuit communities, with just over 29,000 doses administered this week according to the latest data from Indigenous Services Canada (ISC).

The federal department is set to give an update on the coronavirus situation in Indigenous communities at a news conference Wednesday morning.

As of June 11, a total of 549,123 vaccine doses were administered in 687 First Nations and Inuit communities. The number includes 203,770 second doses, representing 41 per cent of the population aged 12 and older who are now fully vaccinated.

Active cases

As of June 14, there were 899 active cases of the virus in First Nations. The majority of new infections have been reported in Manitoba, Ontario, and Alberta. 

Most recently, Canadian Rangers are helping in Kashechewan First Nation in northern Ontario as it deals with a COVID-19 outbreak.

Since the pandemic began, there have been a total of 31,105 cases in First Nations communities. A total of 352 First Nations people living on reserve have died from the virus, with six deaths reported in the last week. 

The total number of hospitalizations has climbed to 1,404, and the number of First Nations people who have recovered from the disease is now at 29,854.

Total cases in First Nations communities per region reported as of June 14:

  • British Columbia: 3,138
  • Alberta: 8,733
  • Saskatchewan: 7,408
  • Manitoba: 8,497
  • Ontario: 2,566
  • Quebec: 741
  • Atlantic: 22

Pandemic stories


What are the symptoms of COVID-19? 

  • New or worsening cough.
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
  • Temperature equal to or over 38 C.
  • Feeling feverish.
  • Chills.
  • Fatigue or weakness.
  • Muscle or body aches.
  • New loss of smell or taste.
  • Headache.
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting).
  • Feeling very unwell.

If you think you may have COVID-19, please consult your local health department to book an appointment at a screening clinic. 



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