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Senator Mary Jane McCallum appointed as new Brandon University Chancellor

May 6, 2021

A First Nations woman who is a dentist, passionate health care and social justice advocate, and a Canadian Senator is Brandon University’s new Chancellor.

Senator Mary Jane McCallum was unanimously confirmed by the BU Senate and will take the oath of office ahead of BU’s Convocation later this month. An official installation ceremony will be held at a later date.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled,” said BU President Dr. David Docherty, who is also Vice-Chancellor. “Senator Mary Jane McCallum inspires us all, she is full of energy and action, and we will greatly benefit from her knowledge and experience as Brandon University works towards Reconciliation and continues to grow. We are deeply honoured to have Senator McCallum agree to serve as our Chancellor.”

The Chancellor is the formal head of Brandon University and they are chosen for their ability to provide high-level vision, guidance and wisdom. They are a member of both the university’s governing bodies, the Board of Governors and the Senate, and they preside over each Convocation, where they bring greetings and advice to the graduating students as well as officially conferring the degrees. The Chancellor also serves as a general ambassador for the university, supporting and promoting BU’s mission and values.

Chancellor McCallum will be the first Indigenous person to serve in the role for Brandon University, as well as BU’s first female Chancellor.

“The honour I am receiving is not through individual effort but represents a culmination of all the people who have been involved in my life and the profound impact they have had on me. My character has been shaped through demonstration and by the sharing of teachings and ceremonies; through conversations; through stories; through hard times and good times with Indigenous and non-Indigenous people alike,” Chancellor McCallum said.

“As your new Chancellor, I greatly look forward to the opportunity to meet with students, faculty, alumni and members of the wider Brandon University community. I know these encounters will continue to shape and influence me in a positive way and I look forward to learning all that I can from each of you. In return, I also look forward to imparting my own reflections and insights, too, in what I know will be a mutually enriching experience.

“In accepting the position of Chancellor for Brandon University, the honour is not only for me but all the people in Canada who have — and who will — walk this earth journey with me. I carry you all with me today.”

Chancellor McCallum is of Cree heritage and is a citizen of the Barren Lands First Nation in Brochet, Manitoba. She attended the Guy Hill Residential School in The Pas for 11 years. She is an advocate for social justice who, over the course of her distinguished career, has provided dental care to First Nations communities across Manitoba.

She received a Dental Nursing Diploma at the Wascana Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in 1977 and a Dental Therapy Diploma at the School of Dental Therapy in 1979, before earning a Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Manitoba in 1990.

From 1979 to 1997, she was involved in the dental field in various capacities, including as a dental therapist in northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba communities and as an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba running a dental clinic in Churchill and overseeing students completing their practicum. From 1996 to 2000, she worked on an interchange with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs as the Regional Dental Officer for the province.

From 1992 to 1996 and from 2003 to 2010, Dr. McCallum worked in her home community of Brochet, where she managed community health programs, including a children’s dental program, a diabetes program, and prenatal program, and volunteered for several committees, including a housing committee, a school committee, and an education committee. She also ran a monthly dinner and meeting with the Elders to discuss social issues affecting the community.

Dr. McCallum worked as an independent contractor for the federal First Nations and Inuit Health Branch providing services in northern Manitoba before returning to the University of Manitoba in April 2002 to lead the Aboriginal Dental Health Programs.

From 2004 until 2020, she continued to work to provide vital dental and health services before officially retiring from dentistry in April 2021. She remains a non-practicing member of the Manitoba Dental Association.

In addition to her professional endeavours, Senator McCallum leads workshops and presentations in which she shares her personal experience as a residential school survivor in an effort to raise awareness and understanding.

Chancellor McCallum and her husband have two daughters, and she also has a son.

She became a Senator on Dec. 2, 2017, and she sits with the Independent Senators Group.

Chancellor McCallum steps into the role previously held by Michael Decter, who completed a double term as Chancellor. First appointed in 2013, he was reappointed in 2017. The Brandon University Act limits Chancellors to two terms.

“All of us at Brandon University have drawn enormously on Michael Decter’s guidance and wisdom over the past years, and owe him every thanks,” said Dr. Docherty. “We are presenting Senator McCallum with a robust Chancellorship and eagerly anticipate the great things she will bring to the role.”

Among Senator McCallum’s first official duties as BU Chancellor will be conferring degrees upon the university’s newest graduates at Spring Convocation, set for May 27.

For more information, please contact:

Rob Henderson
Marketing Communications Officer
204.727.9762
[email protected]

Grant Hamilton
Director, Marketing and Communications
204.571.8542
[email protected]

To receive any BU publication in an alternate format: [email protected]

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SCO demands Justice and a fully Public and Transparent Inquiry into the Suspicious Death of William Ahmo

We Continue to See Our People Become Victims of Public Institutions – Grand Chief Daniels

May 6, 2021

ANISHINAABE AND DAKOTA TERRITORY, MB — The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) is calling for an immediate and fully transparent public inquiry into the death of William Ahmo, a citizen of Sagkeeng Anicinabe First Nation. William Walter Ahmo, 45, was in custody of the Headingley Correctional Institute (HCI) at the time of his passing. New information released this week from the Ahmo family’s lawyer points to egregious human rights violations and a brutal beating at the hands of HCI correctional officers.

“William’s tragic and needless death happened nearly three months ago, yet neither Manitoba corrections nor the RCMP have released any credible information to the public,” stated SCO Grand Chief Jerry Daniels. “Our people are being killed at the hands of colonial and racist institutions and there is no accountability, no transparency, and certainly no justice.”

It was back in February that RCMP officers were called by officials from HCI about an incident between correctional officers and William, which left him seriously injured and unresponsive. They took him to the Health Sciences Centre (HSC) where he was treated while remaining under guard in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). William died one week later.

Earlier this week, new information came to light publicly for the first time in the case when the Ahmo family’s lawyer detailed allegations of William’s brutal beating by HCI correctional officers, allegedly starting with racist jokes that angered him.

Reportedly, the offensive and demeaning jokes led to an argument between the correctional officers and William, escalating into an hours-long standoff between him and the HCI officers. A serious incident response team then came into the unit in full tactical gear, throwing stun grenades and using gas canisters on William despite the fact there was no riot. They then allegedly beat him until he was unresponsive.

“We know there is video surveillance of the event, we know there is an autopsy report, yet nothing, not one shred of real evidence has been shared with us or the leadership of Sagkeeng Anicinabe First Nation,” continued Grand Chief Daniels. “Several weeks ago, we saw a police officer finally held to account in the racially motivated killing of George Floyd in the US, a conviction which relied on video evidence. Unfortunately in this case, while we know there is video evidence, it’s in the hands of a colonial government, which has so far chosen to avoid scrutiny by withholding key information.”

A public inquiry can be conducted to determine the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death along with deciding if the death warrants further investigation. If it is determined that the fatality warrants an investigation, that process should commence immediately. Already in 2021, six people have died in custody, including another citizen of Sagkeeng Anicinabe First Nation, Dwayne Simard, who died at Stony Mountain Institution on March 1, 2021.

“Our people are grieving these two deaths. They weren’t just inmates, they were fathers, brothers, sons, and our dear friends” said Chief Derrick Henderson of Sagkeeng Anicinabe First Nation. “Our people are not getting the answers they deserve. They are being treated as less than human and denied their basic human rights. The systemic injustices that we face take a harsh toll on the families and we can’t stop fighting until true justice is served.”

In what is now Manitoba, approximately 75 per cent of all people in custody at provincial and federal institutions are Indigenous, despite making up 18 per cent of the adult population. Worse still, 70 per cent have not had their day in court and have not yet been convicted of the crime for which they have been accused of committing, including William Ahmo.

“This senseless loss of life has got to stop. As we fight for justice every day, we also see the gaps widening for First Nation people. These public institutions must be accountable to all people, first and foremost the First Peoples of this land who have suffered too much and for far too long. We cannot stand for anything less – our lives matter,” concluded Grand Chief Daniels.

SCO will continue to do everything we can to support the Ahmo family during this difficult time. They remain in our thoughts and prayers.

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The Southern Chiefs’ Organization represents 34 First Nations and more than 80,000 citizens in what is now called southern Manitoba. SCO is an independent political organization that protects, preserves, promotes, and enhances First Nations peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.

For Media Inquiries:
Vic Savino, Communications Officer, Southern Chiefs’ Organization
(204) 881-4512 | Email: [email protected] www.scoinc.mb.ca

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Brandon University will host a virtual Convocation to celebrate graduating students

Students who persevered during the pandemic to complete their degrees in a most unusual fashion will be celebrated this month during a virtual Convocation at Brandon University.

“What a year this has been, and we are extremely proud of everyone who was able to focus on their education in the face of so much tumult,” said BU President David Docherty. “A university education includes mastering specific subject matter, as well as developing the critical thinking skills, judgment, and mental quickness that will serve our graduates well in their successful futures. Never has that been on more consistent display than this year. Our grads are worthy of every celebration.”

The virtual Convocation will feature video versions of all of the traditional elements of an in-person Convocation, pre-recorded and beamed directly to students, their families and friends, and the rest of the community.

“Convocation is a culmination of each student’s academic journey and is a significant moment where they are officially conferred their degrees. It is extraordinarily special,” said University Registrar, Andrea McDaniel, whose office helps coordinate Convocation. “Just like everything else over the past year, we have had to reimagine it due to the pandemic, and we are finding new ways to demonstrate our pride and to help our newest graduates celebrate their accomplishments.”

In some ways, Convocation 2021 actually expands the ceremony, as new technology broadens what’s possible. For example, each faculty at BU will have its own virtual ceremony, rather than some faculties being combined into a single in-person ceremony. This also means Convocation will celebrate more valedictorians — a total of six, rather than the two or three that BU can typically honour.

“We have such great students, with touching and inspiring stories,” McDaniel said. “It is so worthwhile to be able to highlight a few of those who have demonstrated excellent academic performance and made meaningful contributions to Brandon University. I encourage everyone to take a few minutes, when our virtual Convocation is launched, to watch the videos, and to be inspired by the passion and energy that’s on display.”

Degree parchments will be mailed out to graduating students in the weeks following the virtual ceremony.

After the degree conferral portion of the ceremonies, each graduating student will be named individually in a virtual procession. Our video Convocation will also include presentation of significant awards, greetings from the BU Alumni Association, Indigenous greetings, an Indigenous honour song, and the granting of honorary doctorate degrees.

While in-person ceremonies are impossible this year, as they were last year, Brandon University is committed to inviting all graduates whose Convocation was impacted by the pandemic to a future in-person Convocation, once it is safe to do so.

The university is also extending virtual Convocation into the real world as much as possible. Partnerships with Imperial Photo and with Gaspard give graduating students the opportunity to rent cap and gown, to get their portraits taken, and to have lawn signs that celebrate their accomplishments. Brandon University is also adding special keepsakes to the parchment packages that are being mailed out to graduates following Convocation.

More information for graduating students is available at BrandonU.ca/Convocation.

Brandon University’s video Convocation will be released on Thursday, May 27.

For more information, please contact:

Andrea McDaniel
University Registrar
204.727.7310
[email protected]

Grant Hamilton
Director, Marketing and Communications
204.571.8542
[email protected]

To receive any BU publication in an alternate format: [email protected]

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MB Government: COVID-19 Bulletin #423

May 6, 2021

Public health officials advise that four new deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a female in her 50s from the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• a male in his 50s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern; and
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.1 per cent provincially and 10.4 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 363 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, six cases have been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 357 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 40,442.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 15 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 34 cases in the Northern health region;
• 28 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 23 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 263 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 2,732 active cases and 36,724 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 123 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 62 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 185 hospitalizations;
• 40 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 12 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 52 ICU patients;
• 3,947 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 681,038; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 986.

Additional data on variants of concern is updated from Tuesday to Saturday at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. Data related to COVID-19, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site.

Ongoing reviews of active case information has allowed for the removal of an additional 206 cases from ‘active’ to ‘recovered’. This provides a more accurate reporting of ‘active’ cases.

An outbreak has been declared at Lakeshore General Hospital in Ashern. The facility has been moved to the Critical (Red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Other possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

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For more information:

  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-794-0732.

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Northern Pulp withdraws environmental assessment application – The Pictou Advocate

May 6, 2021

Northern Pulp Nova Scotia has withdrawn its environmental assessment application for the effluent treatment facility at Boat Harbour.

A press release from the company quotes Graham Kissack, vice-president, Environment, Health, and Safety, and Communications as saying, “The withdrawal of the environmental assessment registration puts an end to previous plans and approaches and is an important step toward the future of the mill and rebuilding relationships with local residents, special interest groups, and First Nations!’

The company’s previous proposal, that would have seen effluent treated on the mill property at Abercrombie Point before being piped to and disbursed in the Northumberland Strait, was not met with any amount of favour from a number of groups including Pictou Landing First Nation residents, on whose land Boat Harbour sits, local fishers, as well as the town of Pictou.

Since hibernating the mill in January 2020, Northern Pulp has engaged with stakeholders and is developing a plan to transform the mill to address their issues and concerns.

Read More: https://pictouadvocate.com/2021/05/06/northern-pulp-withdraws-environmental-assessment-application/

MKO Remembers and Honours Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Two Spirit, and Gender-Diverse People on May 5th

Treaty Five Territory, Thompson, MB – Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Inc. is remembering and honouring the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, Two Spirit, and gender-diverse people today, May 5, which is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls in the United States.

“Today, on May 5, I send my heartfelt condolences to all those who have been impacted by the national crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, Two Spirit, and gender-diverse people,” said Grand Chief Garrison Settee.

In 2017, the Montana Congressional Delegation introduced a resolution, which was passed unanimously, to designate this as a day to remember missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, Two Spirit, and gender diverse. This is an epidemic affecting Indigenous people in the United States, Canada, and around the world. The initial concept for the national day was created as a result of the community organizing of Malinda Limberhand of the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Lame Deer, Montana, United States, in memory of her daughter, Hanna Harris, who was 21 years old when she went missing. Hanna’s birthday was on May

In Canada, the second anniversary of the release of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Final Report and the 231 Calls For Justice is quickly approaching. The Calls for Justice are legal imperatives—they are not optional. All governments must have the political will to support and be accountable for the mechanisms required for the implementation of the 231 Calls for Justice. The actions from the implementation process must be felt on the ground to result in transformative change.

“Each person has a role to play in order to end all forms of gender-based violence against Indigenous women, girls, Two Spirit, and gender-diverse people,” said Hilda Anderson-Pyrz, Manager of MKO’s MMIWG Liaison Unit.

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For more information:
Melanie Ferris, Communications Officer
Phone: 204-612-1284
Email: [email protected]

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The AMC marks May 5th as National Day of Awareness for MMIWG

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) issues this statement to mark the 2021 National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIGW). To mark this important day, the AMC demands movement on the national MMIWG action plan and implementation of all 231 National Inquiry Calls for Justice.

“Last year, on the first anniversary of the release of the National Inquiry’s Final Report, the AMC expressed disappointment that little progress had been made and that the National Action Plan as called for in the Final Report had yet to be started,” said AMC Grand Chief Arlen Dumas. “At the time the Assembly expressed disappointment that the Federal government would not meet its June 2020 deadline for release of the National Action Plan. This happened while First Nations women, girls and LGBTQRS2 citizens in Manitoba continued to be subjected to violence and have their human rights violated as an effect of cultural genocide.”

It has been two years since the release of the Final Report and, despite some positive signs, there is still no substantive progress by the Federal government to ensure that First Nations women, girls and LGBTQRS2 are protected and that no further acts of genocide are perpetuated.

“On May 5th and every day the AMC stands with MMIWG survivors and family members in their calls for remembrance and awareness of their loved ones,” said Grand Chief Arlen Dumas. “The AMC also stands with survivors and family members in their calls for the immediate development of the National Action Plan for implementation of the 231 Calls to Justice of the National Inquiry into MMIWG. Lives are at stake and the longer the federal government stalls the delivery of the National Action Plan the more our women, girls and LGBTQS2 will be in danger and subject to colonial violence in Manitoba and elsewhere in this country.”

“It will soon be two years since the release of, Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls,” Grand Chief Dumas added, “and this government continues to find excuses and stall the implementation of the National Action Plan. There was a commitment to the Calls for Justice in the recent federal budget, and I commend the Federal government for the First Nations budget commitments, but there is no Federal recognition of the National Inquiry’s findings that the treatment of First Nations women and girls in this country amounts to genocide. We are all going through COVID-19 together but the work by the Chiefs continues to get done. The Federal government cannot continue to use COVID-19 as an excuse for not delivering on this critical component of the National Inquiry.”

“There is also still no commitment from the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations on a new target date for releasing the Plan. The AMC finds this completely unacceptable on any day, let alone today. It especially egregious on the National Day of Awareness and while First Nations women and girls in Manitoba continue suffer the effects of colonial violence and cultural genocide, that a Plan promised a year ago is still not delivered. Today would have been a great day to release the National Action Plan. It would have been symbolic and a strong sign of this government’s commitment to reconciliation; however, like so many of this government promises to First Nations, it is simply more rhetoric, more excuses and just another lost opportunity to give expression to the Calls for Justice,” concluded Grand Chief Dumas.

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For more information, please contact:

Stacia Franz
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 204-292-1504

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SCO launches survey on National Day of Awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit, and Gender-Diverse Relatives

May 5, 2021

ANISHINAABE AND DAKOTA TERRITORY, MB — Today, on Red Dress Day, the Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) is calling for the immediate implementation of the Calls for Justice stemming from the historic National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Red Dress Day, or the National Day of Awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), is marked every year on May 5th as a call for Canadians to never forget the ongoing national tragedy. SCO is launching a survey today to identify southern First Nations’ priorities around the Calls for Justice and to advocate for accountability and action by governments and stakeholders.

“I want to start by offering heartfelt condolences to all those personally affected by the national tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, Two Spirit, and gender-diverse people. The National Inquiry’s final report clearly demonstrates that the human rights and Indigenous rights abuses committed and/or condoned by the Canadian state represent genocide against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people,” said SCO Grand Chief Jerry Daniels. “This is an ongoing tragedy and we can’t afford to wait for a National Action Plan any longer. We call on all of our Treaty partners and institutions to introduce effective legislation and policies that will address the National Inquiry’s Calls for Justice.”

The National Inquiry released its Final Report in June 2019, almost two years ago, yet there has been very little progress or outreach since then. The Final Report included 231 Calls for Justice, based on the Truth and testimony of thousands of family members and survivors and on existing Indigenous and human rights law, which created a tangible roadmap for action for all Canadian governments, institutions, and individuals. They include many Calls aimed at governments, including working in partnership to develop and implement a National Action Plan with annual reporting to address violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people and creating an accountability mechanism in the form of an Ombudsperson.

The Calls for Justice focus on areas including culture and language, health and wellness, justice, policing, corrections, media and social influencers, education, child welfare, natural resource extraction and development, human security, and human and Indigenous rights. They also include eight Calls for individual Canadians, highlighting the role we all play in giving life to the Calls for Justice and ending the MMIWG epidemic.

“The Calls for Justice were painstakingly developed, with years of input from people across the country including those who have lost loved ones and are most affected by the violence and loss of life as well as experts. We know the Calls will lead to positive and lasting change,” stated longtime advocate and former co-chair of the MMIWG Manitoba Coalition, Sandra Delaronde. “There can be no more stalling, the time has come to put the Calls for Justice into motion. To do otherwise is insulting to the individuals and families we are honouring on this important day.”

SCO acknowledges the $2.2 billion announced in last month’s federal budget earmarked for the National Action Plan.

Meanwhile, the latest provincial budget commits less than a million dollars to increase supports for family violence prevention initiatives and for families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, ensuring they remain a low priority.

“The lack of financial and policy commitments by the Pallister government only serves to exacerbate the fractured relationship with our provincial Treaty partner,” said Chief Deborah Smith, Chief of Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. “I call on this administration to live up to its own Path to Reconciliation Act, and to do whatever it takes to put an end to the loss of our precious community members.”

“We all have a role to play when it comes to finally ending this national tragedy,” concluded Grand Chief Daniels. “All Indigenous women, girls, two-spirit and gender-diverse people are sacred. They are mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins, aunties, grandmothers, granddaughters, partners, friends and leaders. All governments and Canadian institutions need to step up now and fully implement the Calls for Justice.  We cannot wait any longer – lives depend on it.”

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The Southern Chiefs’ Organization represents 34 First Nations and more than 80,000 citizens in what is now called southern Manitoba. SCO is an independent political organization that protects, preserves, promotes, and enhances First Nations peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.

For Media Inquiries:

Vic Savino, Communications Officer, Southern Chiefs’ Organization
(204) 881-4512 | Email: [email protected]
www.scoinc.mb.ca

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Manitoba has Administered More Than 500,000 Doses to Protect Against COVID-19

Manitoba continues to make progress in the largest immunization campaign in the province’s history, as more than 500,000 doses have been administered and more than 40 per cent of people aged 18 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, Health and Seniors Care Minister Heather Stefanson announced today.

“Our vaccination rollout has come a long way. Half a million doses is a significant milestone we can all celebrate,” said Stefanson. “This is a total team effort from eligible Manitobans participating to our immunizers, navigators, planning teams and those who volunteer at our super sites. We’re moving forward because of this dedicated approach.”

To date, a total of 510,022 first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. This represents 40.1 per cent of all adults in Manitoba aged 18 or older.

“This milestone is one of many we will accomplish as we work to protect not only ourselves, but those around us,” said Dr. Joss Reimer, medical lead of the Vaccine Implementation Task Force. “Working together, we can help reduce the risk and the spread of COVID-19. A single immunization is the beginning to thousands of others.”

There are currently six super sites operating in Winnipeg, Selkirk, Brandon, Morden and Thompson, with others scheduled to open in Dauphin, Steinbach and Gimli later this month. Five urban Indigenous clinics have also begun providing immunizations, providing better access to people who might otherwise face barriers. Vaccines have also been delivered to personal care homes and congregate living facilities by focused immunization teams and pop-up clinics continue to be offered in communities and First Nations across the province.

“Our channels of distribution continue to be fine-tuned to best serve and protect Manitobans,” said Johanu Botha, operations lead of the Vaccine Implementation Task Force. “More super sites will be opening in the near future, in addition to the existing clinics and visits by our Focused Immunization Teams. This is the largest immunization program in the history of our province, and our strategy and tactics are ever changing as more vaccine supply comes to us via the federal government.”

Earlier today, the Manitoba government announced expanded vaccine eligibility to adults aged 45 or older. In response to authorization of the Pfizer vaccine to children aged 12 and up, the province has committed to a plan that will make first-dose appointments available to all eligible people by May 21.

To learn more about Manitoba’s vaccine campaign, to read stories about people who have chosen or committed to be immunized, or to sign up to be notified when it is your turn, visit https://protectmb.ca.

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For more information:

  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-794-0732.

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MB Government: COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin #74

Eligibility to be immunized at a super site or pop-up clinic has been expanded to include individuals aged 45 or older and Indigenous people aged 18 and older. Manitoba expects that eligibility will expand to include all people aged 18 or older by May 21.

In addition, all adults aged 18 and older who live or work in specified jobs in these priority communities continue to be eligible to make an appointment:
• Prairie Mountain Health – Brandon East End and Brandon Downtown;
• Winnipeg Regional Health Authority – Inkster West, Fort Garry South, Seven Oaks West, Downtown East, Point Douglas South, Inkster East, Point Douglas North, Downtown West, River East South, St. Vital North and Seven Oaks East; and
• Interlake–Eastern Regional Health Authority – Powerview-Pine Falls.

All adults who live or work (in any role) in the Northern Regional Health Authority, as well as Churchill, are also eligible. A map and other information about community-based eligibility is available at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibility-criteria.html#community-based.

Eligibility also includes people aged 18 and older who:
• are pregnant;
• are a client of Community Living disABILITY Services;
• work in any health-care setting including outpatient settings; or
• work as a front-line police officer or firefighter.

Eligibility for the AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine includes individuals aged 40 or older and people aged 30 to 39 with priority health conditions. A complete list is available online.

Appointments

People will be able to begin booking second-dose appointments on May 22. Individuals who are immune-compromised or have other prioritized health conditions will be able to book their appointments first. More details on this process will provided in the coming days.

A second super site will soon be opening in the Interlake–Eastern Regional Health Authority at the Gimli Recreation Centre.

Pop-up clinics are scheduled in Winnipeg next week and in other locations throughout the province during the week of May 17. Appointments can be made by calling (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC).

Appointments are also currently available at super sites in Dauphin, Steinbach, Winnipeg (RBC Convention Centre and Leila), Brandon, Thompson, Selkirk and Morden. Eligible individuals can book their appointment online at https://protectmb.ca with an email address and health card number, or by calling (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC).

Appointments are also available at urban Indigenous pop-up clinics led by community organizations in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson and Portage la Prairie.

The AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine is available at medical clinics or pharmacies. Find available doses and how to make an appointment with the COVID-19 Vaccine Shot Finder, located at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.html.

Vaccine Administration

To date, 510,022 doses of vaccine have been administered in Manitoba.

This week, Focused Immunization Teams will be visiting five congregate living facilities to provide first-dose immunizations.

Vaccine Supply and Distribution

To date, a total of 650,640 doses of vaccine have been delivered to Manitoba. This includes:
• 425,880 doses of Pfizer vaccine;
• 140,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine; and
• 84,260 doses of the AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine.

This week Manitoba expects to receive 7,020 doses of Pfizer vaccine.

Workforce

As of May 3, 2,526 people have been hired to assist with Manitoba’s vaccination efforts including immunizers, clinic managers, clinical leads, system navigators and observers. This is in addition to 1,288 staff who have been assigned to COVID-19 immunization efforts from regional health authorities, bringing the total of new hires and existing staff to 3,814.

Additional Information

All data in this bulletin is current as of May 4, unless noted otherwise.

Anyone who has been in Manitoba for one month or more can receive the vaccine at no cost if they meet provincial eligibility requirements.

People in Manitoba can now access interpreter services in over 100 languages when they are booking their COVID-19 vaccine appointment by phone. Callers can also request spoken language or American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation services at one of the province’s supersite locations.

When attending a vaccine appointment, people are reminded to bring their completed consent form (available online at https://protectmb.ca), wear a short-sleeved shirt, wear a mask, and bring their health card or other form of identification. To help support good physical distancing on site, people should arrive no more than 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment time.

More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/vaccine and https://protectmb.ca. For regular updates, visit https://protectmb.ca and sign up for the weekly
e-newsletter.

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For more information:

  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-794-0732.

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