DATE: January 25, 2022
Please see the link below for the most recent COVID-19 information for MB First Nations.
- FIRST NATIONS HEALTH AND SOCIAL SECRETARIAT OF MANITOBA (FNHSSM)
- MANITOBA GOVERNMENT NORTHERN REGION COVID INFO
Get your booster dose
To ensure the strongest immune response possible, the timeline between the second and third dose is being shortened for some individuals. Anyone aged 50 or older or those aged 18 or older who live in a First Nations community who received their second dose a minimum of 5 months ago are now strongly encouraged to receive their third dose. A six month timeframe between second and third doses continues to be recommended for most other eligible Manitobans.
NEW: A fourth/booster dose is recommended for moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals. This should be given at least six months after the last dose received.
Province expands strongest families institute program to provide mental health services to all Manitobans
The Manitoba government is expanding the Strongest Families Institute (SFI) skill-based programs to serve Manitobans of all ages as an ongoing effort to support pandemic-related anxiety and mental health issues as well as promote mental well-being. SFI provides accessible, evidence-based, bilingual e-mental health services for children, youth, adults and families. In 2019, SFI was contracted by the Manitoba government to provide mental health services to children and youth. The program is now expanding to offer services to adults.
The organization’s ICAN (Conquer Anxiety and Nervousness) program provides adults with life skills to overcome anxiety, depression and stress, providing strategies to help cope with major life stressors. The program is available in two formats:
- one-on-one or group-based telephone coaching, supported by a handbook or secure online format with a convenient app connection and other resources; or
- self-directed with no coaching to allow the person to work through the program at their own pace in a secure online or app format.
Adults can self-refer to the SFI program by completing an online form at https://login.strongestfamilies.com/signup/ican/page/1/ or by calling 1-866-470-7111.
Children and youth continue to require a referral to access SFI programs. Parents, guardians and caregivers can call their regional health authority, the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre or their primary health-care provider for a referral.