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Important COVID-19 Information

Information about vaccination clinics is here.

 

Wiichihitooyaahk – Helping One Another

MÉTIS NATION–SASKATCHEWAN COVID-19 SUPPORTS – UPDATE

August 27, 2021 – Since the start of the pandemic, the Métis Nation–Saskatchewan (MN–S) government has supported many families and individuals with housing, childcare, medical transportation, and emergency relief supplies.

Since March 2020, we have supported over 4,400 households, with over direct supports of $2.2 mill for post-secondary students, housing assistance, medical transportation and emergency childcare support.

Housing assistance, emergency childcare support, and medical transportation (except for Cancer and Dialysis Transportation support) are now on hold and under review. All applications for funding submitted before August 27, 2021, will be honoured in a timely manner.

 

What MN–S COVID-19 supports are currently available?

Support for Post-Secondary Students

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the lives of post-secondary students. As a result, most students are having to take their classes online while managing family life. The pandemic has increased mental and financial stress.  MN–S is offering supports to help Métis citizens who are post-secondary students during this challenging time, including rent, utility and technology subsidies. These supports are for MN–S citizens and those with citizenship applications in process. To apply, go here.

Self-Isolation and Travel Assistance for Hospital Care

Cancer and Dialysis Transportation support is still available to Métis citizens. However, the Medical Transportation Program is currently on hold while we evaluate it and make amendments. Applications submitted for the Medical Transportation Program on or after September 1, 2021 will not be considered. We apologize for any inconvenience or challenges this may cause. Please read eligibility requirements carefully as they have changed.

For more information contact MN–S Health Support Worker Madison Marwood, at 306-292-7480 or email her at [email protected]

Mental Wellness and Addictions Support

Culturally specific mental wellness and crisis supports are available for free to all MN–S citizens. Help is available for individuals or families and includes support related to crisis, trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, addictions and anger; case assessments and coordination; gambling and digital dependency; and legal and financial counselling. Help is available in both English and French languages. Options include in-person support (where available), video conferencing, or telephone. MN–S is committed to ensuring all citizens receive the support they need in all areas of good mental wellness.

Mental wellness supports are available on these toll-free lines:

1-855-671-5638 (8 am to 4 pm central time Monday to Friday)

1-877-767-7572 (24 hr crisis line)

Supports for communities in COVID-19 lockdown continue. Food hampers are available to assist Métis families in distress due to lockdowns and self-isolation because of COVID-19 outbreaks in their communities. Regions will prioritize the delivery of personal protective equipment (PPE supplies and food hampers based on need. If there is a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, please get in touch with your regional office. A list of contacts for regional offices is here.

MN–S continues to work with the regions, governments and stakeholders to identify the most urgent needs of our citizens. We are exploring ways to provide future supports and vaccine distribution.

Reducing the spread of the virus depends significantly on Métis citizens being fully vaccinated, following the Public Health orders, including wearing a mask, physical distancing, proper hand hygiene, limited social contact and self-isolation when necessary.

We will continue working with the Saskatchewan Health Authority and other partners during the pandemic to ensure all citizens have access to vaccinations in a setting where they are comfortable.

For information on vaccination clinics, visit the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) website here.

Or visit our MN–S vaccine page here.

For further MN–S information and updates on COVID-19, go here.

Métis Nation-Saskatchewan
Suite 201, 208-19th St W, Saskatoon, SK  S7M 5X8   
306-343-8285