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The Talon: Special Covid-19 Resource Edition #2


Welcome to Shared Value Solutions' biweekly funding and news digest. We hope this edition finds you well. Our hearts go out to everyone who is in isolation, or sick, or anxious about what will come next. We hear you and we are with you. 


This special edition of the Talon includes a round up of some of the best health and wellness resources we've come across in the past weeks, along with some articles to inspire you and perhaps spark some new and creative ideas. 


If you have resources, ideas, wisdom or requests to share, please send them to us and we will push them out through our channels.

Stay safe and well, everyone!

Health and Wellness Resources

There are many resources available that can help communities plan and prepare for not only emerging issues, like COVID-19, but also for other health issues that can impact community well-being.

Six Nations of the Grand River released this helpful reminder on how to stop the spread of COVID-19
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Ontario launches interactive COVID-19 self-assessment website

Ontario has launched an interactive self-assessment tool to improve COVID-19 screening measures.

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The "COVID-19: First Nations Community Guide on Accessing Additional Supports"

A guide from Indigenous Services Canada on accessing supports and resources.

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Shawanaga First Nation Covid-19 Community Handbook

Shawanaga First Nation has put out a helpful COVID-19 Community Handbook, full of useful graphic and information suitable for posting. Sharing with permission from the authors. 
Shawanaga First Nation Coronavirus Handbook


For Kids: Mighty Bubble, the hand washing hero
We also know from community health work we've done that getting kids to get excited about handwashing is important for stopping viruses and germs. Here's a link to a fun and catchy YouTube video some of us put together a few years ago for communities around Flin Flon, Manitoba - a kid's super hero named Mighty Bubble who shows kids how and when to wash their hands - developed with help from health and learning experts:



News Digest 


Treaty 3 grand chief uses Anishinaabemowin to ease COVID-19 anxieties 

Grand chief Francis Kavanaugh of the Grand Council of Treaty #3 is easing anxiety for Elders by speaking to them in Anishinaabemowin about the risks of COVID-19. 

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Almonte vodka producer delivers hand sanitizer to Ottawa Hospital

The Almonte-based distillery that produces “Vodkow” has served up a batch of hand sanitizer for Ottawa’s largest hospital.

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Indigenous educators volunteer to teach short K-8 lessons online amid school  closures


Indigenous educators are volunteering their time to help educate students online as schools in many provinces and territories are closing in efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. 

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How virtual beading circles are empowering Indigenous women 

Tania Larsson-a Gwich'in jeweler based in Yellowknife, Canada-kicked off a series of virtual beading circles last week.

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Indigenous jingle dress dancing goes 'viral' on social media to help heal the world

The jingle dance is being performed on social media platforms across Canada and the United States to heal and offer prayer for the world facing the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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There's a massive free catalogue of Indigenous films online - and we have 6 picks to get your started

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Winnipeg company cranks out ventilator parts amid COVID-19 pandemic 

"Everybody wants a ventilator. Everybody": BomiMed owner

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Mining companies helping with hospital supplies

Northern Ontario mining companies are answering hospital calls for personal protective equipment supplies.

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Bauer gets green light to make protective medical gear

Hockey equipment maker to adapt visor production for medical staff, first responders

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A new breed of heroes steps up in the crisis

Everyone is suddenly talking about the importance of supply chains.

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'Just absolutely amazing': Thank-a-trucker starting to roll during pandemic

Online groups and individual businesses are going the extra mile to thank truckers

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Kitchener company using 3-D printers to make Face Shields for healthcare workers

InkSmith is changing gears to help out front line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NASA astronaut Chris Hadfield shares tips for self-isolation

Video called Astronaut's Guide to Self Isolation intended to help those struggling with working from home or just feeling stir-crazy during the pandemic

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Indigenous Funding Programs

Canadian Council on Aboriginal Business: Indigenous Women Entrepreneurship Fund

The Indigenous Women Entrepreneurship Fund is a micro-finance program open to Indigenous women-owned businesses who may lack access to conventional financing.

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Reconciliation Circle Update SVS_Illustration_RGB_Nest

Over a year ago, a group of Indigenous employees came together to create the Reconciliation Circle at SVS. Our group has grown to include both Indigenous and non-Indigenous employees. Valuing the diversity of our team and striving for inclusion, for all employees, is at the root of why we do what we do.


Elder Wisdom:

In these difficult times, we received some beautiful wisdom from Elder Marilyn Capreol from Shawanaga First Nation:


"If you are ever feeling in a state of panic or anxiety – especially regarding COVID-19 – find a local park or natural area, take a blanket or towel and go visit. Take of your shoes and socks and just stand on the earth to rebalance your system. If it’s cold, let the cold serve as a welcome shock to the system to help yourself come back into balance."

Over the coming issues of The Talon, we'll be updating you with stories from the Reconciliation Circle - what we're up to, what we're talking about. Please share any ideas you might have for what we could get up to!


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About Us: Shared Value Solutions

We are a Canadian B Corp, and we assist Indigenous communities with support throughout regulatory processes surrounding major development projects like mines, hydroelectric facilities, transmission lines, highway expansions, oil and gas pipelines, natural resource transport applications and nuclear power. 


We have deep context and experience behind the recommendations we provide, having worked for our clients on almost every major project in Canada over the last 10 years. For us, it’s all about building long-term relationships with our clients. We want to get to know you and what you want to do so we can help you move your plans forward. 



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