July 1, 2021: With over 70% of Alberta’s population vaccinated, all provincial restrictions were lifted, and life returned to a version of pre-pandemic normalcy. Some municipalities are continuing with the mask mandate so please be aware of what bylaws are still in effect in your area.
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ’s and Resources
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Where can I get a vaccine?
You can book your appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by calling Alberta Health Services at 811, visiting alberta.ca/covid, or by calling your local pharmacy. Anyone who is 12 years of age and older is eligible to receive a vaccine. If you are uncertain about the vaccine please consult a doctor before booking your appointment.
2020 was quite a year! We have summed up our programs, initiatives, and efforts as our Nation navigated some of the most unexpected circumstances in our history. In January 2020, the world was hit with a novel coronavirus, which changed the way we delivered programs and services to our Citizens.
March 2020: First confirmed case of COVID-19 is announced in Alberta.
March 12, 2020: The first provincial health restrictions were issued and implemented.
March 17, 2020: Alberta declared a local state of public health emergency. For staff and Citizen safety, MNA offices close to the public.
April 6, 2020: In response to our Citizens needs, President Audrey Poitras announces our Interim COVID-19 Support Plan, which included four financial programs available to Métis Albertans:
- Citizens, Families, and Seniors Direct Support Plan
- Child Wellness Benefit Program
- Emergency Rent Supplement Program
- Benevolent Fund Top-Up
May 8, 2020: With the shift to online learning, many Métis families experienced various obstacles. In response, we partnered with our affiliate Rupertsland Institute to provide 175 students with Chromebooks to help with the transition to online learning.
May 11, 2020: Our community was set back even further when parts of our Northern communities flooded. In addition to President Poitras announcing Phase 2 of our COVID-19 Support Plan adding the Citizens, Families & Seniors Direct Support Program, we also offered flood support relief for Regions One and Six.
May 20, 2020: Without the ability to gather, grow, and connect, we realized one group that suffered in isolation was our youth. President Poitras announced the MNA Youth Emergency Benefit Program. This program offered Métis citizens aged 13 to 18 and their families $250/month for the months of May, June, and July, up to a maximum household payment of $1,500.
In efforts to keep our youth connected, our Youth Team continued to provide key supports and services like our Keeping it Riel podcast, home wellness kits, and virtual book clubs, cultural tutorials, virtual camps, and more.
August 1, 2020: Masks became mandatory in Edmonton and Calgary after the cities introduced bylaws enforcing the provincial restrictions.
August 14, 2020: This was a hard day for us because gathering is what we do best. Unfortunately, with provincial restrictions in full force, we announced we would not be hosting our Annual General Assembly.
August 15, 2020: Supporting education is very important to the MNA and because of the challenges students faced during the pandemic we once again offered our Gear Up for School program for the 2020-21 school year! With school going back into session in the fall, we recognize many parents/guardians must decide whether their children will return to face-to-face instruction at school or continue learning at home. This program supported children and families in all scenarios of back-to-school learning.
August 20, 2020: With masks in high demand, Citizens were having a tough time getting their faces in them we advocated and pushed for our own stock. We were successful and hosted Drive Thru Mask Distribution events in all six MNA Regions!
September 4, 2020: One million COVID-19 tests are completed in Alberta.
December 8, 2020: The province announced new health restrictions banning in-person dining and outdoor gatherings, which would remain in place over the holidays.
December 14, 2020: We launched our “Countdown to Christmas” where we released a culturally, Christmas-themed video everyday leading up to the holidays. We also held a “COVID Christmas Contest” where we gave away 5 $100 pre-paid Visas to those who participated on our Facebook and Instagram channels. You told us how you would be spending Christmas while maintaining public health measures like limited gatherings, staying home instead of traveling, and so on.
December 27, 2020: To better understand how the pandemic impacted the Metis community, we launched the first-ever Misi Yehewin (Big Breath) COVID-19 Survey. Your responses helped ensure Métis people are represented properly in research and helped tailor our pandemic response to better suit the needs of the community. Understanding these experiences will help guide the design of effective and culturally responsive initiatives to promote recovery and healing.
January 9, 2021: The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are approved for use in Canada and Alberta launches its vaccine rollout plan.
January 25, 2021: Continuing support for our Citizens was essential in getting our Nation through the pandemic. We moved into Phase 3 of our COVID-19 Supports, offering MNA Citizens:
- Child & Family COVID-19 Relief Program
- Harvesters Relief Support
- Emergency Housing Rent Subsidy
January 27, 2021: MNA Director of Health, Reagan Bartel, and University of Alberta Assistant Teaching Professor and Registered Nurse, Keith King, hosted the very first Vacci-Nation Talks. This was a series of Zoom meetings where MNA Citizens could attend a short presentation and ask any questions they may have about the vaccines and how they came to be. We held six Vacci-Nation Talks from January to April which were well attended and answered many questions from Citizens.
February 1, 2021: Through feedback from the Misi Yehewin (Big Breath) COVID-19 Survey, our community voiced their need for accessible emotional and mental support. In response, we launched the MNA Wellness Program, through a new partnership with Alberta Blue Cross and Homewood Health. Our community can receive up to twelve hours of FREE counselling services. All counsellors are trained to provide culturally sensitive, professional, and confidential counselling services.
March 20, 2021: We launched the second wave of our Misi Yehewin COVID-19 survey which included focused questions about vaccines and mental health. This second round of responses helped us better understand what supports and services MNA Citizens need.
March 27-30, 2021: Through our advocacy efforts, we made history! We host the first ever Métis-led COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Edmonton Inn and Conference Center with great feedback from our community. We were able to vaccinate over 1300 people over four days, and our Auntie-Virus mascot made her debut along with her evil archnemesis COVID “The Vid” 19. Check out our IGTV channel on Instagram for all of Auntie-Viruses adventures!
April 23, 2021: MNA Director of Health, Reagan Bartel, was featured alongside Dr. Maria Ospina in MétisTalks. They gave a presentation on the preliminary findings of the first round of the Misi Yehewin (Big Breath) COVID-19 Survey.
May 15-16, 2021: Our first vaccine clinic was so successful we decided to host more! We held our second Métis-led COVID-19 Vaccine clinic in Lac La Biche and vaccinated over 150 community members.
May 17, 2021: Our community continued to face hardships due to the pandemic so to help, we launched the Child and Family COVID-19 Support Program (CFCSP) to provide support for Métis families experiencing increased costs due to child-care, household utilities, technological support, and overall well-being. Through the CFCSP, Citizens could access a one-time funding of $500 per child aged 3-18, up to a total amount of $2,500 per household/family.
May 25, 2021: With the economic hardships our community faced, sometimes putting food on the table was a struggle for many. In efforts to support our Citizens we launched our Kihtehayahak Nikan Ka Micisowak (Elders Eat First) and Aashta La Taab (Set the Table) programs. Those who applied received a $200 grocery card to fill their fridge in these difficult times.
May 26, 2021: We hosted our fourth Métis-led COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Fort McMurray. Over two days we were able to vaccinate over 350 people.
May 29-30, 2021: : We hosted our third Métis-led COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Calgary at the Region 3 office. In one day, we were able to vaccinate over 250 people.
June 18-20, 2021: We hosted our fifth Métis-led COVID-19 vaccine clinic, back where it all began, at the Edmonton Inn and Conference Center. Over three days, we were able to vaccinate over 1000 people.