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COVID-19 Bulletin #557

January 21, 2022

Information about COVID-19 in Manitoba is updated weekdays at 12:30 p.m. on these DataMB dashboards:

  • Case data:
  • COVID-19 vaccination coverage:

Key Updates

  • Only symptomatic individuals or those advised by public health should visit a COVID-19 provincial testing site. Rapid antigen tests will continue to be used for the majority of people visiting a provincial testing site. Those who are at higher risk of severe illness as well as some groups who have tested positive on a rapid antigen test will still be eligible for PCR testing. Detailed information on updated COVID-19 testing eligibility can be found at:


Public health officials advise 15 new deaths in people with COVID-19 are being reported today:

  • a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region (reported Thursday);
  • a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region (reported Thursday);
  • a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region (reported Thursday);
  • a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region an linked to the outbreak at Actionmarguerite St. Joseph (reported Thursday);
  • a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Oakview Place personal care home (reported Thursday);
  • a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region (reported Thursday);
  • a female in her 50s from Southern Health Santé-Sud (reported Thursday);
  • a male in his 60s from the Interlake-Eastern health region (reported Friday);
  • a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region (reported Friday);
  • a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region (reported Friday);
  • a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region (reported Friday);
  • a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region an linked to the outbreak at Actionmarguerite St. Boniface (reported Friday);
  • a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Vista Park Lodge (reported Friday);
  • a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region an linked to the outbreak at Victoria General Hospital, unit 4 south (reported Friday); and
  • a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region (reported Friday).


Outbreaks have been declared at:

  • Health Sciences Centre, unit PX3, Winnipeg; and
  • Brandon Regional Health Centre, 300 surgical unit, Brandon.

Outbreak declared over at:

  • Health Sciences Centre, unit GA5, Winnipeg.


The RBC provincial vaccine clinic is open for walk-in appointments.

Manitobans who are eligible for a third dose or booster are urged to get one. The booster dose is readily available to everyone over age 18 in Manitoba. It is most important that those who are 50 and over get immunized with a third dose right away, because this age group is experiencing – and will continue to experience – more severe outcomes, including hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths.

Manitobans who live in First Nations communities, have diabetes, or are immunocompromised are urged to get a third dose. A complete listing of the medical conditions that would classify a person as immunocompromised can be found at

Delivering the second round of vaccines to children ages 5 to 11 gets underway this week. It is recommended by Health Canada, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization and public health that the second dose be administered eight weeks following the first dose.

As of today, a total of 67,528 first doses have been given to children ages five to 11, or 54 per cent of that age group.

Manitobans are encouraged to get their second and third doses as quickly as possible. While COVID-19 vaccine appointments continue to be available at regional or provincial vaccine clinics, for many people the fastest way to be immunized is at a nearby medical clinic, pharmacy or urban Indigenous clinic. Check the online vaccine finder or a medical clinic or pharmacy near you that provides the COVID-19 vaccine to find the next available opportunity to be immunized. The timeline between second and third doses and eligibility criteria information can be found at

Eligible individuals can book their appointments online, by calling (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC) or by contacting their local pharmacy or medical clinic directly. Visit for some of the available options.

More Resources

  • Vaccine campaign in Manitoba: and
  • Data related to COVID-19, variants of concern, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data:
  • Up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba:

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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 and Engagement: [email protected].
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-451-7109.


2023 NAIG Coaches & Sport Managers Needed!

NAIG 2023 Coaches Needed!

Team Manitoba is still looking for coaches! Apply now! Deadline to get your applications in is January 23.

*Preference will be given to Indigenous applicants

Application Deadline: January 23, 2022 at 11:59pm

Sports Manager Application: Click HERE

Coach Application: Click HERE


Portage CRC: Urban Indigenous Vaccine Clinic

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Norway House RCMP respond to fuel spill

On January 19, 2022, at approximately 8:20 am, Norway House RCMP received a report of a semi-trailer having rolled onto its side on Provincial Road 373, located near the Ross Island ferry crossing entering the community of Norway House. The truck was reported to be hauling diesel fuel and that the fuel was leaking onto the frozen river.

Within a short period of time, two more trucks hauling diesel fuel had rolled at this location and that one of them was also leaking fuel onto the ice.

Provincial Road 373 has now been closed and the clean-up process has begun.

Norway House RCMP along with the Province of Manitoba continue to investigate.


Contact information

Sgt. Paul Manaigre, Media Relations Officer
RCMP Media Relations

[email protected]
Twitter @rcmpmb | @GRCManitoba |

File number: 2022-75123


Bell Let’s Talk ramps up mental health support for Indigenous families and communities

$250,000 partnership supports Canadian Red Cross Friendly Calls program for Indigenous communities in Manitoba and around Canada

WINNIPEG, MB, Jan. 20, 2022  – Bell Let’s Talk and the Canadian Red Cross today announced a $250,000 partnership to enhance access to crisis support for people living with mental health challenges in Indigenous communities with the expansion of the Friendly Calls program.

The Canadian Red Cross Friendly Calls program helps address feelings of isolation and loneliness, which have intensified for many throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The program pairs a trained Red Cross volunteer with a youth or adult who is feeling isolated or lonely for a social conversation, and connects them with mental health resources available in their community to help meet their needs. This support will help the Red Cross to work with regional Indigenous organizations, including the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, to develop and expand the Friendly Calls program later this spring to serve the unique experience of Indigenous people around the country with a focus on cultural safety and community accessibility. All Canadian Red Cross volunteers and staff are diversity trained and receive cultural competency training with attention to issues that are specific and significant to First Nations.

The Indigenous-specific Friendly Calls programming is being co-designed with partners, including Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers. Program development has included the support of long-standing Canadian Red Cross partners like the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, ensuring effective and appropriate programming consistent with community-identified needs and priorities.

“Bell Let’s Talk is pleased to build on our existing partnership with the Canadian Red Cross to bring new mental health resources to Indigenous families that need them now more than ever. The Canadian Red Cross has a proven track record of supporting culturally safe health and wellness programming in consultation with Indigenous communities and leaders and we look forward to supporting the growth of their important work to help more people living in rural and remote areas have access to critical mental health care and support.”

–  Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk

“The Canadian Red Cross collaborates with hundreds of Indigenous communities across Canada every year, developing and providing culturally safe and relevant programming to help people. This support from Bell Let’s Talk will enable the Red Cross to broaden our efforts with the Friendly Calls program and help further this culturally safe and community-led assistance.”

–  Shelley Cardinal, Director of Indigenous Relations for Canadian Red Cross

“The continuing impacts of COVID-19 on the mental health of Indigenous communities in Manitoba are significant and represent an added layer of challenge on top of the many compounding issues facing Indigenous youth and their families. From pandemic response to vaccination campaigns to emergency preparedness efforts, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs has a strong working relationship with the Canadian Red Cross. We look forward to supporting the development of their Friendly Calls program for Indigenous communities in partnership with Bell Let’s Talk.”

–  Grand Chief Arlen Dumas, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

In 2020, Bell Let’s Talk and the Canadian Red Cross announced a $700,000 donation to help support the mental well-being of Canadians during COVID-19 with a significant expansion of the Friendly Calls program in communities with increased demand for mental health services. Today’s announcement is a major commitment from this donation to support the accelerated and community-led delivery of mental health programming in Indigenous communities in Canada. To become a volunteer for the Friendly Calls program, please click here.

Bell Let’s Talk Day is January 26 – Join the conversation!
On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell donates 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for every applicable text, local or long distance call, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk, every Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video, and every use of the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat lens. All at no cost to participants beyond what they would normally pay their service provider for online or phone access.

About Bell Let’s Talk
The largest-ever corporate commitment to mental health in Canada, Bell Let’s Talk is focused on 4 key action pillars – Anti-stigma, Care and Access, Research and Workplace Leadership – and is part of Bell for Better. Since its launch in 2010, Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 1,300 organizations providing mental health services throughout Canada, including hospitals, universities, local community service providers and other care and research organizations. To learn more, please visit

About the Canadian Red Cross
Here in Canada and overseas, the Red Cross stands ready to help people before, during and after a disaster. As a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – which is made up of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and 192 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies – the Canadian Red Cross is dedicated to helping people and communities in Canada and around the world in times of need and supporting them in strengthening their resilience.

Media Inquiries:

Morgan Shipley
Bell MTS
[email protected]

Canadian Red Cross

English Media: 1-877-599-9602
French Media: 1-888-418-9111

Stacia Franz
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
[email protected]


MKO Urges Province to Transform Health Care to Assist Citizens in Leaf Rapids

Treaty Five Territory, Thompson, MB – Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Inc. is issuing the following statement in response to the urgent need for reliable, accessible, and ongoing health services for the citizens of Leaf Rapids in Northern Manitoba.

Grand Chief Garrison Settee states:

“I continue to be very concerned about the situation in Leaf Rapids. I commend and recognize the citizens of Leaf Rapids who have come forward to share their reflections with my office regarding the ongoing closure of their health centre.

I especially recognize Dennis Anderson for bringing this critical situation to the public’s attention through his advocacy and Elizabeth Charrier for taking the time to send me a detailed letter on behalf of herself and 64 other Leaf Rapids citizens. The letter clearly explains their concerns around the ongoing lack of access to health care.

On January 18, 2022, representatives from Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak and Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin met with leaders from the Northern Regional Health Authority to seek answers and to discuss the re-opening of the Leaf Rapids Health Centre. It was a positive meeting which included an acknowledgement that work needs to be carried out to transform the health service delivery model in Leaf Rapids to a primary care model in the longer term.

In the shorter, more immediate term, we have pressed for urgent action on the re-opening of the Leaf Rapids Health Centre. We expect an announcement from the Northern Regional Health Authority about the re-opening to be made public soon. The citizens of Leaf Rapids have the right to access health care services.

Although not an ideal solution, for emergency situations, the health centre remains closed with the option for a clinic assistant in Leaf Rapids to arrange a telehealth virtual appointment with a Thompson physician three mornings a week for Leaf Rapid citizens. The assistant can also book a phone call appointment that one can attend from home. Residents can call 204-473-2441 to book an appointment. The clinic assistant is on site from Monday to Friday.

As citizens living in Leaf Rapids have pointed out, the availability of health services in the community is a longstanding issue that existed long before the pandemic. Leaf Rapids is a unique community since it lacks a Mayor and Council who could help to oversee the response to emergencies in the community. The town has an administrator who does not live within Leaf Rapids. I urge this administrator to call a state of emergency for Leaf Rapids.

The closure of the Leaf Rapids Health Centre has resulted in the 580 citizens of the Town of Leaf Rapids being unable to reasonably access the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and related supplies, the Rapid Antigen Tests, and the specified standard for medical grade masks required under the applicable public health orders. In addition, the closure of the Leaf Rapids Health Centre denies access of the citizen of Leaf Rapids to the monoclonal antibody treatments for persons who display the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 that are otherwise available and are being provided at provincial health centres and hospitals.

MKO plans to address the lack of PPE, masks, and rapid tests within the community. Our organization will work to source these items on an urgent basis. An MKO staff member will personally deliver the supplies directly to the community since transportation is an issue. The Leaf Rapids post office is currently closed and there is no bus service into the community.

Although I continue to be concerned for the citizens of Leaf Rapids, I am reassured to know Dr. Barry Lavallee and Dr. Yvette Emerson of Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin are providing guidance to the Northern Regional Health Authority on finding solutions to transform the health care system in Leaf Rapids. These leaders will join me next week in a Facebook Live session to provide information and seek input and direction from Leaf Rapids residents.

I look forward to witnessing the implementation of First Nations-led solutions, supported by adequate resourcing, to improve access to health care in Leaf Rapids.

I continue to urge the provincial and federal governments to make collaborative investments to stabilize and create long-term solutions for providing accessible health services in Northern Manitoba.

One week ago, I wrote to the Honourable Audrey Gordon asking for an urgent meeting regarding the situation in Leaf Rapids. I have not received any response or acknowledgement of my letter. I am once again urging our Minister of Health to meet with my office to discuss and plan next steps in support of the health and well-being of our Northern Manitoba citizens.

All Manitoba citizens have the right to access equitable and quality health care. The absence of access to health care services puts human lives at risk. MKO will continue to stand with the community of Leaf Rapids and advocate for solutions in addressing systemic failures.”


For more information:

Melanie Ferris, MKO Communications
Phone: 204-612-1284
Email: [email protected]


U of M health-care students asked to go to First Nations to help with COVID-19 response – CTV News

19, 2022

Health-care students and residents at the University of Manitoba are being asked to go to First Nations communities to support their health-care workforces amid an expected surge of the Omicron variant.

Melanie MacKinnon, executive director of Ongomiizwin—Health Services at the university, said in the coming weeks, First Nation communities will need help as they deal with the highly contagious Omicron variant.

She said there are 25 nursing stations serving First Nations communities, many of which are in remote locations.

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Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations meets virtually with First Nations leadership and partners in Manitoba

From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

News release

January 20, 2022 — Ottawa, ON — Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, completed a series of discussions with First Nations leadership in Manitoba this week to discuss their priorities and the important work being done to strengthen relationships and build trust with First Nations in the province.

On Monday, January 17, Minister Miller met with Treaty Commissioner Loretta Ross, of the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, to discuss public education, focused research and partnership opportunities with First Nation communities and organizations to best advance the Treaty relationship.

Minister Miller then had a conversation with Grand Chief Arlen Dumas, of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC), to discuss topics such as the COVID-19 pandemic response, impacts of residential schools and ways to continue to work together in a manner that allows AMC to support First Nations groups.

Also, the Minister met with the Keewatin Tribal Council for a conversation on topics such as self-determination, COVID-19, housing and economic development opportunities.

Minister Miller also had many productive discussions with the Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief for Manitoba Cindy Woodhouse, including Treaties, enhancing provincial relationships and mutual interests in relation to children and families and, recognizing the work still needed to be done.

Furthermore, Minister Miller met with Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) Grand Chief Jerry Daniels to discuss the priorities of SCO member First Nations – which include continuing to build up their strong relationship, Nation rebuilding, children and families.

The Minister then met with Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Garrison Settee on issues most relevant to northern Manitoba First Nations. Discussions included continuing work to address the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, by-law enforcement and the Sixties Scoop.

On Tuesday, January 18, Minister Miller met with the newly elected Grand Chief Scott Harper of the Island Lake Tribal Council to discuss the Tribal Council’s interests and priorities for their Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination discussion table.

The Minister then met with leadership of Fox Lake Cree Nation on the First Nation’s Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination discussion table and their Treaty Land Entitlement Claim.

Lastly, Minister Miller met with the Treaty Land Entitlement Committee, along with representatives of Entitlement First Nations signatory to the Treaty Land Entitlement Framework Agreement. Together, they engaged in meaningful, frank, and difficult conversations on the best ways to fulfill the Treaty Land Entitlement claims in Manitoba.

While the Minister had meetings with First Nations over the past two days, he looks forward to working with other Indigenous partners as well as provincial and territorial governments to determine priorities and action plans to advance reconciliation.


“The conversations and discussions with First Nation leaders in Manitoba about the priorities for their communities will support our important work together. The discussions on Treaty Land Entitlement, and many other crucial topics, were informative – and I look forward to achieving progress and strengthening our nation-to-nation relationships.”

The Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

Quick facts

  • The Manitoba Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE) Framework Agreement was signed on May 29, 1997, by the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba and the TLE Committee of Manitoba Inc., on behalf of 19 (but now 21 due to band division) Manitoba First Nations with outstanding Treaty Land Entitlements. Canada continues to work with the Treaty Land Entitlement Committee of Manitoba Inc. and Entitlement First Nations to modernize its approach to additions for reserves.
  • As of December 31, 2021, ISC has committed $261 million in support towards First Nations and Indigenous organizations in Manitoba to address the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes all ISC funding programs, with most being delivered through the Indigenous Community Support Fund.

Associated links


For more information, media may contact:

Justine Leblanc
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations
[email protected]

Media Relations
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
[email protected]


Standing Hearing for Inquest into Death of Eishia Hudson

A standing hearing will take place on Friday, Feb. 11 to determine who can participate in the upcoming inquest into the death of Eishia Hudson, age 16, of Winnipeg.

Before the inquest begins, the judge will decide who can participate in the process and question witnesses. Individuals and groups may make an application to be granted standing and should contact Dayna Steinfeld, inquest counsel, at 204-809-5958 or [email protected] by Jan. 21.

The standing hearing will be held virtually at 10 a.m. on Feb. 11. After contacting inquest counsel, individuals or groups wanting to appear to make an application for standing will need to contact the provincial court trial co-ordinator to obtain the link to the virtual session. For more information, contact Jhess Lett Pagtakhan at [email protected].

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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 and Engagement: [email protected].
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-451-7109.


First Nations people in Manitoba account for 25% of COVID-19 hospitalizations – CBC

Jan 19, 2022

Pandemic response team lead says First Nations people still at higher risk for severe illness

First Nations people in Manitoba account for 25 per cent of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the province, and 40 per cent of cases in ICU as of Jan. 18, according to the Manitoba First Nations COVID-19 Pandemic Response Co-ordination Team.

“It’s not surprising. We’ve been hovering around 40 to 50 per cent at different waves throughout the pandemic,” said Melanie MacKinnon, who leads the team.

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