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Dear Friends

In consultation with Archbishop Mark MacDonald and the Primate, Archbishop Linda Nicholls, PWRDF has been monitoring the situation in Indigenous communities across Canada as they tackle the pandemic. PWRDF has responded with $50,000 to support northern Indigenous communities coping with recent COVID surges.

The Indigenous People’s Alliance of Manitoba-North (IPAM-N) will use the funds to purchase and distribute face masks and supplies for cleaning and disinfecting.

Recently, the Tataskweyak Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba declared a state of emergency due to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant. “Our health staff are tired and overwhelmed,” wrote Bishop Larry Beardy, the Indigenous Suffragan Bishop of Mishamikoweesh’s Northern Manitoba Area Mission. “The cases are exploding in our communities. Please pray for the sick, and all in the communities.”

You can support this response with an online donation (click here). You can also call us at 416-822-9083 or leave a voicemail toll-free at 1-866-308-7973 and we will return your call, or send a cheque to PWRDF, 80 Hayden Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON, M4Y 3G2. Please mark "Indigenous COVID response" in the memo field.