COVID-19 Resources

*Based on the advice of public health authorities, the LFMO office is closed and staff will be working remotely until July 1, 2020.* 

There is plenty of uncertainty surrounding the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Whether you’re wondering if you or a loved one has symptoms, if you’re curious about employment support or if you don’t know where to turn, Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak has gathered some resources for you.

Letter from President Omeniho

Good day everyone:

 

I would like to inform everyone about where LFMO is at and some of the moves that we have made to keep our staff and our communities safe during these times.

 

As of March 12, 2020, LFMO has instituted a work-from-home policy for staff and we have postponed/cancelled all of our face-to-face engagements and public meetings. As of now, we have extended this date until June 1, 2020. We are working with the Government of Canada to be able to address any issues related to our obligations and priorities. As of this time, we will continue to work remotely to pull together all of our reports and required commitments.  Stay in touch with our website and social media because in addition to the work that we are involved in we will be looking at working through other mechanisms to try and continue to engage Metis women in the Metis Nation in the near future.

 

We understand that these are very trying times for everyone and we truly pray that our communities and families will remain strong and resilient. It is important that we encourage our communities to turn towards reliable sources of information about COVID-19, such as the Canadian Public Health Agency and the Provincial Health Agencies. We are encouraging our Métis community to reach out and help one another. Check in on people via phone and make sure our family and loved ones are okay. People struggle from Post-Traumatic Stress and Mental Wellness during these times, but it is our time to shine. Be kind to one another.

 

Our staff can be contacted via their emails:

 

Lisa Pigeau — Lisap@metiswomen.org

Tamsin Fitzgerald – Tamsinf@metiswomen.org  

Torri Weapenicappo — Torriw@metiswomen.org

 

I also can be reached at melanieo@metiswomen.org.

 

Please stay safe and we look forward to life returning to normal when it can.

 

Respectfully,

 

Melanie Omeniho

President

Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak / Women of the Métis Nation

#3-340 MacLaren Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 0M6

The Government of Canada has developed a wide variety of resources for Canadians to access. Please click below to view updates, statistics and the self-assessment tool.

 

For COVID-19 updates from the Métis Nation, please click below:

 

For COVID-19 updates from each Métis Nation, please click your province below:

 

For information, support and statistics from each province of the Métis Homeland, please click your province below:

 

For seniors, families, those unable to work, those experiencing unemployment and more, please click below to apply for support during this time.

 

If you are feeling overwhelmed or are in crisis and need to talk to someone right away, emotional support through Hope for Wellness is available for all Indigenous people living in Canada. Please click below or call 1-855-242-3310 from anywhere in Canada, 24/7.

 

Please remember to stay connected to your loved ones during this time. Whether it’s a phone call, text message or video chat, reach out to others during this time of isolation and social distancing.

LFMO will continue to call for a gendered, distinctions-based and intersectional response to COVID-19.  Please click here to read our press release.

 

 

For consistent LFMO updates on COVID-19, please follow our social media pages below. Maarsii.

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