COVID 19 INDEX

ALIGN appreciates the difficulties agencies are facing as this second wave of Covid-19 is presenting with far more challenges than the first. Please remember to address concerns to the [email protected] as inquiries are being monitored.

Staff Shortages – We want to remind you again about the Rapid Response Team that is available to assist Agency Directors/CEOs problem solve around urgent staff shortages due to illness and or space issues. Before calling please ensure that you have done everything in your power to secure the assistance you need. If you need urgent assistance, please contact Rhonda at 780 233-5459

 PPE  see below

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ALIGN hosted BILL C-92 Virtual Workshop Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge
Presentation Materials
Bill C-92 -From Compliance to Connection Dr. Hadley Friedland and Koren Lightning-Earle
(Bill C-92: An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families, is the first federal legislation on the subject of Indigenous Child and Family Services)BILL C-92

UofA
University of Alberta – Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge
The Wahkohtowin Lodge responds to the expressed needs of Indigenous communities and organizations who want effective strategies to identify, rebuild and develop law and governance structures that resonate within their own legal and governance traditions. Specifically, this resource has a wealth of information and updates on Bill C-92.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)
Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021. This subsidy will provide payments directly to qualifying renters and property owners, without requiring the participation of landlords. If you are eligible for the base subsidy, you may also be eligible for lockdown support if your business location is significantly affected by a public health order for a week or more. Read More

ALIGN NEW CHILD INTERVENTION STUDY GUIDE
ALIGN Introduction to Child Intervention In Alberta – Self Study Guide
This is a 9 module online, self directed orientation for folks new to the work with children and families in Alberta.

Alberta Government
Pandemic and 2021 Certificate of Recognition (COR)
Alberta.ca OHS eNews: Special edition Emerging issue: COVID-19 exposure in workplace common areas December 22, 2020
Excerpt – COVID-19 is highly contagious. Alberta OHS incident monitoring shows an emerging trend for COVID-19 exposure related to the failure of controls in workplace common areas. When a hazard cannot be eliminated, it needs to be controlled. The hierarchy of controls must be followed…   Read Full eNews including overviews how COVID exposures can increase in the work place and practices that may reduce those risks.

ABNN
The Changing Story of the Pandemic  Fall Sector Survey Shows Nonprofit Challenges are Evolving – READ FULL REPORT
In the survey conducted in November, results indicated that many of the challenges nonprofits had predicted in the spring surveys, such as a decrease in financial resources and capacity, have come true. Other trends have also emerged, such as concerns for staff mental health, the growing complexity of clients’ needs and delivery, and an increase in demand for service
November/December 2020 Pulse Check Survey – Report #3
As the challenges from COVID-19 continue, governments, funders and the sector itself need information about the impacts of the pandemic and what is most needed by nonprofit organizations at this time.
Alberta-wide: Pulse Check #3: Impact of COVID-19 on Alberta’s Nonprofit & Voluntary Organizations
Edmonton Zone: Pulse Check #3: Impact of COVID-19 on Edmonton Nonprofits & Voluntary Organizations

Altacare
6Ideas to Consider for Collectively Addressing COVID-19in Group Care and Family-Based Services

ACDS
Impact and Insights: COVID-19 and Alberta’s Community Disability Services Sector
March 2020: This important ACDS paper—informed by numerous data sources—synthesizes how service providers in the Community Disability Service sector were impacted during the first six months since the COVID-19 public health emergency was declared.
COVID-19 Leadership Webinar Recording:
 

On November 5, 2020, ACDS hosted a webinar for leaders across the sector to discuss the learnings from COVID-19 outbreaks at four agencies. (Member login required to view webinar recording)
Reopening Community Access Programs Tool (Updated June 10):

This tool will assist organizations with risk assessment and planning for reopening day programs. This document will be updated as new information becomes available, including any guidance or restrictions issued by Community and Social Services (CSS) or Alberta Health.

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Build a COVID-19 Toolkit
Now available for download or distribution.  Select workplace health and safety guide to tip sheets and posters.
COVID-19 Health and Safety Resources

Child Care Now Coalition
The Role of Early Learning and Child Care in Rebuilding Canada’s Economy after COVID-19 Report commissioned by the Child Care Now coalition.
Implementing a new national child care system would generate several important benefits for Canada’s economy as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and recession, according to new research from… Read more

Child Welfare League of Canada
Guidance note: Maintaining connections for children and youth in the context of COVID-19
Within Canada’s child welfare system, the majority of children and youth are placed in family settings, with foster or kinship families or in customary care. Many of these caregivers are older and at increased risk of complications due to COVID-19. Some children and youth, including those with disabilities or requiring specialized care, are taken care of in group settings, alongside peers and caregivers who may have underlying health conditions that also put them at risk. Thus, the limitation of in-person family visits is a key consideration in protecting wider communities of care for children and youth

City of Calgary
Maintaining business during an infectious disease outbreak document business continuity checklist specific to infectious disease outbreaks that can be customized for the size of your organization..toolkit

HRPA – Human Resources Professional Association
Human Resources Professional Association members plan amidst new COVID-19 realities
Article – The New Normal Will Require A Total Reset In HR Practices And Policies According To HRPA Survey

INTEGRAL.ORG
Recovery Pathways Check List helps frame possible futures, assess organizational capacities and identify areas for development

Imagine Canada
Key insights from charities and nonprofits convening on federal COVID-19 support measures

INESSS
INESSS Rapid Response COVID-19 and the Social Safety Net around Children and Youth at Risk of Abuse, and Youth Protection Practices
The aim of this response is to conduct a summary review  of the published data and to mobilize key knowledge in order to  provide information to policy makers and to health and social service professionals in Quebec..

PROSPER Strategies
Coronavirus Crisis Communications Best Practices for Nonprofits
The following checklist is provided to help organizations identify key communications best practices and actions surrounding coronavirus.

Policy Bench, Fraser Mustard Institute of Human Development, University of Toronto.
Child Welfare and Pandemics Literature Scan Report Canadian CW report Published 2020 This literature scan identifies and synthesizes existing literature examining the effects of pandemics and the identification of policy solutions to mitigate their effects on a well defined group of Canada’s population—children in the care of Canada’s child welfare system.

Stanford Social Innovation Review

Three Things Non-Profits Should Prioritize in the Wake of COVID-19

The Connections First Project
Podcast Episode 1: Pregnancy During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Pregnancy can be a stressful time for expecting mothers at the best of times. But what if you layer on a particularly stressful event, like a global pandemic such as COVID-19? What happens to stress levels then? And what does that mean for the health of pregnant moms and their soon to be born children? Dr. Gerald Giesbrecht, one of the lead Principal Investigators on the Pregnancy During the COVID-19 Pandemic Study, joins us to discuss the study and its implications.
Podcast Episode 2: Natural and supportive relationships matter for children
Dr. Suzanne Tough join us to talk about her research and leadership on the “Connections First” research project that addresses this very idea of the vital importance of providing healthy supportive environments for children and youth.

The Alliance for Child Protection and Humanitarian Action’s 
Technical Note: Protection of Children during the Coronavirus Pandemic, Version 2 (English & French) highlights child protection risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic with the aim of supporting child protection practitioners in their response. 

University of Alberta Faculty of Extension: 
Workplace Wellness Leadership Series (each course is 3 days, held in Calgary or Edmonton, offered alone or as a part of the OHS Diploma)

University of Toronto’s Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development’s 
Literature review, Child Welfare and Pandemics: Literature Scan  Tools for those delivering services to children, youth, and families during the coronavirus pandemic

University of Alberta Faculty of Extension: 
Workplace Wellness Leadership Series (each course is 3 days, held in Calgary or Edmonton, offered alone or as a part of the OHS Diploma)

ViTreo Group Inc.
COVID-19 Organizational Crisis Preparation Be Prepared For Disruptions And Mistakes

Youth Homelessness Demonstration Lab
Research Brief #1 – Engaging Families & Natural Supports Jacqueline Sohn / Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Demonstration Lab

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Alberta Government

Ministerial Order no. SA:009/2020. The Order suspended the obligation to convene an in-person AGM as stipulated in section 149(1) of the Companies Act (Alberta) and section 25 of the Societies Act (Alberta). This suspension overrides the normal requirements for holding an AGM which are described below. The Order does not preclude a corporation, company, or society from conducting a meeting, including an AGM, through remote means, such as videoconference, teleconference, or other means.

Alberta Nonprofit Network (ABNN)
Report – COVID-19 Impact on the Nonprofit Sector Report.
The Alberta Nonprofit Network (ABNN) conducted a broad impact survey between March 30 and April 5, 2020 to learn about the current and potential impacts and needs of the non-profit sector. Over 450 leaders in the non-profit sector responded to the survey.

BoardSource
What Non-profit Board Members Should Be Doing Right Now to Address the COVID-19 Situation
As the world responds to the threats of COVID-19, many nonprofits and their boards are wrestling with difficult questions and decisions. In these uncertain times, as the situation rapidly changes, the board needs to provide steady and adaptive leadership in partnership with and in support of the CEO.

 CCVO
How to: Allow for Virtual Meetings at your Non-Profit
Helpful templates and checklists for your use as well as a summary of programs that are available to help employees during this difficult time.

ECVO
AGM and Annual Returns

Government of Canada
Delaying Annual General Meetings
Federally incorporated charities and nonprofits unable to hold virtual AGMS, or those that do not wish to, can submit an online form to Corporations Canada to delay their AGM beyond the normally required date.

Imagine Canada
Covid-19 Measures – Implications for Sector Organizations Last updated: October 21, 2020 This Chart summarizing federal government relief measures will be regularly updated as the federal government announces new measures that will impact the charitable and nonprofit sector.
The Imagine Canada Sector Monitor: Charities & the COVID-19 Pandemic details the experiences of charities since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the impact of physical distancing, mandatory closure of non-essential businesses, and myriad other changes to the operating environment.  

impact8 Inc
So you want to run Annual General Meeting (AGM) via video-conference this year? Published on June 3, 2020 Judy Hansen Partner at impact8 Inc. How our world has changed! For the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, most Canadian jurisdictions, (e.g. Alberta, BC, Ontario), have issued Ministerial Orders allowing non-profit groups to hold Board Meetings and AGMs remotely by teleconference or videoconference, even if your bylaws/incorporating documents do not mention the possibility…

Miller Thomson
How to hold members’ and directors’ meetings despite COVID-19: A provincial overview
Scroll down on page to view Alberta particulars.

MLTAIKINS
Annual Requirements and COVID-19 – Relief and Options for Non-Profit Organizations in Western Canada by Celia Valel, Kristél Kriel, Aaron Vogel May ,2020
Provincial non-profit legislation imposes a number of obligations on non-profit and charity organizations, such as the requirement to hold an annual general meeting (AGM) and file annual returns

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ALIGN hosted BILL C-92 Virtual Workshop Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge
Presentation Materials
Bill C-92 -From Compliance to Connection Dr. Hadley Friedland and Koren Lightning-Earle
(Bill C-92: An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families, is the first federal legislation on the subject of Indigenous Child and Family Services)BILL C-92

UofA
University of Alberta – Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge
The Wahkohtowin Lodge responds to the expressed needs of Indigenous communities and organizations who want effective strategies to identify, rebuild and develop law and governance structures that resonate within their own legal and governance traditions. Specifically, this resource has a wealth of information and updates on Bill C-92.

Recognize The Tireless Efforts Of Community Service Sector Workers
Help ALIGN, CWLC, and the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies recognize the tireless efforts of community service sector workers who continue to ensure children, youth and families are cared for and supported throughout the pandemic. Every week, we will profile individuals who stand out for their leadership, creativity and care. Nominate your staff, volunteers or peers by submitting their name and photo (with consent) along with the organization they are working for, and tell us, in a few short words, how they made a difference for children, youth and families. If possible, please also share the persons social media accounts, oralternatively the accounts of the organization they are being recognized for.Send nominations to [email protected] with #COVIDcaring ” in the subject line. See poster here: https://conta.cc/2WzypZQ

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Alberta Health Services
“Outbreak Management for Vulnerable Populations”

AHS Coordinated COVID-19 Response  
AHS is providing this toll-free line for Congregate Living Setting Operators (which group care is considered): COVID-19 Coordinated Response Line 1-844-343-0971 .
Use this line directly if you have a resident with COVID-19 symptoms, you need assistance or guidance in managing symptomatic residents, or you have any COVID-19 related questions or concerns. Anyone (that means residential and group care workers) among these groups experiencing symptoms is urged to use the AHS online assessment tool for health-care workers, enforcement and first responders.

Alberta
Guidelines for COVID-19 Outbreak Prevention, Control and Management in Congregate Living Sites

How to care for a COVID-19 patient at home pdf
Protecting Congregate Care Residents Overview
Licensed Supportive Living, Long-Term Care And Hospice Settings
Operational And Outbreak Standards
Residential Addiction Treatment Centres
Home Supports
Resources
The Protection for Persons in Care Act (PPC Act)
PDF – Abuse Prevention and Response Protocol (PDD)
Abuse Prevention and Response Protocol
Abuse Prevention and Response Protocol Report Forms
Abuse Prevention and Response Protocol Training Manual for Trainers
Abuse Prevention and Response Protocol Training Overheads (PowerPoint Format)
Webcast

AHS online assessment tool for health-care workers, enforcement and first responders .

  • Medical masks and respirators must be kept for health-care workers and others providing direct care to COVID-19 patients. Those who choose to wear a non-medical face mask should:
  • continue to follow all other public health guidance (staying two metres away from others, wash hands regularly, stay home when sick)
  • wash their hands immediately before putting it on and immediately after taking it off (in addition to practising good hand hygiene while wearing it)
  • ensure it fits well (non-gaping)
  • not share it with others
  • avoid touching the mask while wearing it
  • change masks as soon they get damp or soiledMasks for Caregivers

CMOH Order 08-2020 “Covid-19 Suspected, Probable and Confirmed COVID-19 Outbreak Standards” for all congregate care settings is particularly important and attached here: CMOH order 08-2020 : 2020 COVID-19 response. Appendix

“These standards set expectations for any site that has identified a resident or staff member who is reporting a suspected, probable or confirmed COVID-19 outbreak.

  1. A suspected COVID-19 outbreak is defined as:
  2. One resident or staff member who exhibit any of the symptoms of COVID-19
  3. A probable COVID-19 outbreak is defined as:
  4. Two or more individuals (staff or residents) who are linked with each other who exhibit any of the symptoms of COVID-19
  5. Individuals who are linked means they have a connection to each other (e.g. share a room, dine at the same table, received care from the same staff member, etc.)
  6. A confirmed COVID-19 outbreak is defined as any of the following:
  7. Any one individual confirmed to have COVID-19, including:
  8. Any resident who is confirmed to have COVID-19
  9. Any staff member who is confirmed to have COVID-19.”

AHS online assessment tool for health-care workers, enforcement and first responders .

Alberta Nonprofit Network (ABNN)
Report –
COVID-19 Impact on the Nonprofit Sector Report.
The Alberta Nonprofit Network (ABNN) conducted a broad impact survey between March 30 and April 5, 2020 to learn about the current and potential impacts and needs of the non-profit sector. Over 450 leaders in the non-profit sector responded to the survey.

AASP
Infographic: Manage your workplace hazards
Infographic: Ensure your organization is following HSC Membership Best Practices!
Government of Alberta New Employment Standards Rules in Effect November 1
Infographic: Leadership & Management Commitment

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety
Browse this site for helpful guidance, advice and tools to help you plan, prepare, prevent and protect against infectious disease outbreaks.

Child Welfare League of Canada
Guidance note: Maintaining connections for children and youth in the context of COVID-19
Within Canada’s child welfare system, the majority of children and youth are placed in family settings, with foster or kinship families or in customary care. Many of these caregivers are older and at increased risk of complications due to COVID-19. Some children and youth, including those with disabilities or requiring specialized care, are taken care of in group settings, alongside peers and caregivers who may have underlying health conditions that also put them at risk. Thus, the limitation of in-person family visits is a key consideration in protecting wider communities of care for children and youth.

First Nations Health Authority
Safety First: Let’s Protect Our Children From Ingesting Hand Sanitizer
A message from Dr. Unjali Malhotra and Dr. Kelsey Louie, FNHA Office of the Chief Medical Officer
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we’ve all been buying and using hand sanitizer much more frequently to protect ourselves and our children. Because of this, it is important to keep in mind that the alcohol content in hand sanitizer can cause alcohol poisoning, and that we need to always keep it out of reach of children and pets. Drinking even a small amount can be dangerous and cause alcohol poisoning…

Government of Canada
Risk mitigation tool for child and youth settings operating during the COVID-19 pandemicObjective: This tool will assist school boards and operators of child and youth settings in considering risks to children/youth, staff and volunteers during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemicc, and provide examples of strategies that may be implemented to mitigate potential risks.

INESSS
INESSS Rapid Response COVID-19 and the Social Safety Net around Children and Youth at Risk of Abuse, and Youth Protection Practices
The aim of this response is to conduct a summary review  of the published data and to mobilize key knowledge in order to  provide information to policy makers and to health and social service professionals in Quebec..

NCCD Children’s Research Centre
Child Welfare Safety Assessment and Planning During COVID-1

Policy Bench, Fraser Mustard Institute of Human Development, University of Toronto.
Child Welfare and Pandemics Literature Scan Report Canadian CW report Published 2020 This literature scan identifies and synthesizes existing literature examining the effects of pandemics and the identification of policy solutions to mitigate their effects on a well defined group of Canada’s population—children in the care of Canada’s child welfare system.

Signs of Safety
Creating Rigorous, Sustainable Safety Plans when Parents, Children and Safety Network Members are Physically Isolated

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Alberta.ca
Webinar: Respiratory viruses in the workplace

This recorded webinar gives employers, supervisors and workers information about minimizing risk from respiratory viruses in the workplace

Alberta.ca OHS eNews: Special edition Emerging issue: COVID-19 exposure in workplace common areas December 22, 2020
Excerpt – COVID-19 is highly contagious. Alberta OHS incident monitoring shows an emerging trend for COVID-19 exposure related to the failure of controls in workplace common areas. When a hazard cannot be eliminated, it needs to be controlled. The hierarchy of controls must be followed…   Read Full eNews including overviews how COVID exposures can increase in the work place and practices that may reduce those risks.

Alberta OHS
Occupational Health and Safety Toolkit
COVID-19 Incidents reporting to Alberta Occupational Health and Safety 
Right to Refuse Dangerous Work
Recorded Webinar – Operating during a pandemic
This recorded webinar video covers the following topics: responsibilities for employers, supervisors, and workers workers’ rights hazard assessment, mental health…
Multi Language Toolkit re. COVID-19 with collaborators Dr Sahil Gupta, and Dr Samuel Vaillancourt, Unity Health, Toronto, and Dr Jaspreet Khangura, Alberta Health Services.

ACDS
Staff Safety Toolkit App: This app provides information and resources to strengthen the health and safety of staff within the CDS sector in Alberta. This app provides easily accessible content and resources in one place, with reference to the ACDS Safety Toolkit.

Alberta Human Rights Commission
Best practices in human rights in Alberta.
Discrimination and COVID-19
Employment
Services and housing
Masks

Alliance of Nonprofits for Insurance &Nonprofits’ Insurance Alliance of California
Arrive Safe and Sound

Tips to Help With Your Nonprofit’s Vehicle Safety Program. This booklet is a guide to help your driving supervisor and safety committee develop an auto safety program that works for your organization. Each topic includes a brief review of policy considerations and ideas for developing appropriate procedures.

AASP
Infographic: Manage your workplace hazards
Infographic: Ensure your organization is following HSC Membership Best Practices!
Government of Alberta New Employment Standards Rules in Effect November 1
Infographic: Leadership & Management Commitment

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety
Browse this site for helpful guidance, advice and tools to help you plan, prepare, prevent and protect against infectious disease outbreaks.Build a COVID-19 Toolkit Now available for download or distribution.  Select workplace health and safety guide to tip sheets and posters.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Resources

CS Safety and Hazard Assessments Relaunch Resources
PPE Infographic for Service Providers
Staff Safety PPE Checklist
Staff Safety Practice Guidance for CI
CI Staff Safety Guidance and Pandemic Hazard Assessment PPT
CS Generic CI Field Level Hazard Assessment
GOA Formal Hazard Assessment
CS Facilities CI Field Level Hazard Assessment
(See PPE Tab for Additional Resources)

Gallagher
Employee Communication Key Component in Maintaining Duty of Care Toward Employees (2020)
Protect Your Employees from the Latest Pandemic (2020)
Nonprofit Practice Responds to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

FuseSocial, IntegralOrg and ECVO
Employer Resource Kit

 

GeoPro
Work Alone Safety System
An all-in-one employee check-in, emergency alerting and monitoring solution. Whether your workforce is 10 or 1000, GeoPro can be quickly deployed to ensure the safety and protection of employees working alone – absolutely anywhere. Together with your choice of lone worker device or employee safety app for Android or iOS, our hosted emergency app and man down monitoring system is simply the easiest and most effective way to monitor employee well-being and respond to safety concerns. GeoPro helps employers minimize risk and address their duty of care for employees working alone.

Integral.org
Rethinking Risk Management: Lessons Learned and a Need for a New Approach September 22, 2020 Leslie Tamagi

 
 

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Donor Perfect

COVID -19 Fundraising Template Kit for Nonprofits

Amy Eisenstein
8 Steps For Successful Fundraising During The Coronavirus Crisis Coronavirus is spreading. The economy is declining. And there’s continued political turmoil. Any one of these three issues could be viewed as a recipe for disaster in terms of your fundraising. And here we are… experiencing all three at once. Your donors are anxious. Your board members are freaking out. It’s up to you to lead the way. So what’s a fundraiser to do?..

Capital Campaign Toolkit
Recorded Webinar: How to Keep Your Campaign Plan Moving Forward in Uncertain Times 
Recorded Webinar: How to Manage Your Capital Campaign in Uncertain Times 

Harvard Business Review
Non-Profit Fundraising in the Time of Coronavirus
Nonprofits face a conundrum in times of crisis, and especially during the present pandemic. They rely on gifts for their survival, and indeed might fail if they can’t muster enough..

ViTreo Group Inc.
Fundraising in the Time of COVID-19

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Homelessness Learning Hub

Trauma Informed Tool-Kit and Guides
Trauma of all sorts — physical, emotional or sexual — is known to be both a cause and a result of homelessness. This means that staff and volunteers working with people experiencing homelessness need to create and implement trauma-informed services in order to provide the best possible care.The following collection of resources can be applied to programs supporting youth and adults in Housing First and Prevention programs. 

Lived Experience Lab
Youth Homelessness: Mental Health and Substance Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic Naomi Thulien et al. / Lived Experience Lab, A Way Home Canada, Covenant House Nov 2020
The pandemic has exposed Social Determinants of Health inequities that Canadian front-line providers and youth with current and past experiences of homelessness are struggling to navigate. This CIHR-funded report explores front-line provider practice adaptations for mental health and substance use during COVID-19 for youth with current and past experiences of homelessness.

Youth Homelessness Demonstration Lab
Research Brief #1 – Engaging Families & Natural Supports Jacqueline Sohn / Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Demonstration Lab

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ALIGN Presentation Materials
BILL C-92 Virtual Workshop Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge
Presentation Materials: Bill C-92  -From Compliance to Connection Dr. Hadley Friedland and Koren Lightning-Earle Bill C-92: An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families, is the first federal legislation on the subject of Indigenous Child and Family Services

ALIGN CONNECTIONS
Newsletter For Indigenous Children, Youth and Caregivers

Alberta Human Rights Commission
Best practices in human rights in Alberta.
Discrimination and COVID-19
Employment
Services and housing
Masks

Art for Aid
Indigenous Language Posters
Wash your hands posters In response to COVID-19, these posters in PDF format, are free to download and print for your community or school use

Blood Tribe Communications, along with DerRic Starlight’s Nuppets
COVID-19 safety videos
Listen to Granny video 1 (Blood Tribe Communications)
Listen to Granny video 2 (Blood Tribe Communications)
Listen to Granny video 3 (Blood Tribe Communications)

Canada Red Cross
COVID-19: Resources for Indigenous Youth
The COVID-19 pandemic has made many of us feel worried and uncertain about the future. Here are some tips and tools for self-care, keeping in touch, staying safe online, and helping friends.

Use these resources to give you some inspiration to stay connected through daily questions and activities with your family!

First Nations Health Authority
Safety First: Let’s Protect Our Children From Ingesting Hand Sanitizer
A message from Dr. Unjali Malhotra and Dr. Kelsey Louie, FNHA Office of the Chief Medical Officer
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we’ve all been buying and using hand sanitizer much more frequently to protect ourselves and our children. Because of this, it is important to keep in mind that the alcohol content in hand sanitizer can cause alcohol poisoning, and that we need to always keep it out of reach of children and pets. Drinking even a small amount can be dangerous and cause alcohol poisoning…

GCIndigenous
Physical distancing: Stop the spread of COVID-19 in Indigenous communities
Help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Indigenous communities by taking steps such as avoiding gatherings and staying 6 feet away from others. Physical distancing can keep your family and your community healthy and safe.

Government of Canada
Indigenous Videos and Resources
These awareness resources are created for Indigenous communities in Indigenous languages by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Indigenous Services Canada and various Indigenous organizations

Government of Canada
First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line.
The Hope for Wellness Help Line was established as a specific resource for First Nations and Inuit to provide immediate, culturally competent telephone counselling, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is available in English, French and upon request in Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut.

Indigenous Climate Action & Idle No More
Recording Indigenous Communities and COVID-19

 

NACM
Sexual and reproductive health during COVID-19
NACM has developed a poster and video series for Indigenous communities around sexual and reproductive health during COVID-19. This information is available in English, French, Plains Cree and Inuktitut.Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority
COVID-19 awareness resources (Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority)

UofA
University of Alberta – Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge

The Wahkohtowin Lodge responds to the expressed needs of Indigenous communities and organizations who want effective strategies to identify, rebuild and develop law and governance structures that resonate within their own legal and governance traditions. Specifically, this resource has a wealth of information and updates on Bill C-92.

WE MATTER
Feel Good Thursdays

Indigenous youth can tune in at the same time every week for chats on mental health, creative workshops, interviews with cool folks, and more! Follow them for details.

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Alberta OHS

Info Sheet- Working From Home During A Pandemic
Outlines best practices employers an workers can follow if working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Business Insider
5 remote work tools for nonprofits

CCVO
How to: Allow for Virtual Meetings at your Non-Profit
Helpful templates and checklists for your use as well as a summary of programs that are available to help employees during this difficult time.
Template: Telework Policy (.docx)
Template: Telework Response Form (.docx)

CMHA Alberta
Working from Home and Maintaining  Mental Health

CPHR Canada
Article – A New Way To Work
“Employers need to ensure there is a work-safe protocol in place, with specific guidelines, and that employees are provided with the proper equipment and materials when interacting with clients—including, of course, masks and …

HR Reporter
Video – Managing remote staff during crisis
Managing remote staff during crisis
Video – Navigating the New Normal: The benefits of a hybrid approach to remote and in-person work (1)
Carolyn Byer, Head of HR at Microsoft Canada will discuss the value of a hybrid approach to work and how new technology can be leveraged to overcome some of the challenges HR leaders face when adopting a hybrid approach to work
Video – Navigating the New Normal: Bridge the remote and in-office employee experience 2
Carolyn Byer, Head of HR at Microsoft Canada discusses how HR professionals can leverage new technology solutions to best support the wellbeing, productivity and overall success of both in-office and remote workers adjusting to the ‘new normal

FuseSocial, IntegralOrg and ECVO
Employer Resource Kit

Whole Whale
Nonprofit Work From Home Policy Template & Tips (+ Product Discounts!) by Megan Anhalt Whole Whale
Remote working and telecommuting are not a new concept, but it may be new for many nonprofits and for-good companies suddenly adopting a work from home (WFH, for short) policy due to the Coronavirus. Below is a version of the Whole Whale WFH policy as a template to borrow and build on for your organization. 
Nonprofit work from home policy template and tips 

TechSoup Canada
Nonprofit resources for remote work

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Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Division, in partnership with Mental Health Works and BounceBack Ontario,

 Return to the workplace: A psychological toolkit for heading back to work

ECVO
Returning to the Workplace provides information on remote work, temporary layoffs, secondments

McMillan
Establishing the New Normal: Return to Work Considerations in the COVID-19 Era 
The Impact of COVID-19 on your Workforce in Canada
May 1 Update: COVID 19: Temporary Relief of Corporate Requirements for Shareholder and Director Meetings 

Wellness Works
Webinar Recordings
Return to Work Plan: Focus on Employees’ Mental Health, with Lori Casselman, CEO and CRO of Wello Virtual Healthcare
Skills for the “New Normal” with Paula Allen,  Senior Vice President of Research, Analytics and Innovation and Jackie Delfosse, Senior Consultant with Morneau Shepell
Leading our People and Organizations Through to the Next Normal with Lori Schmidt, President of LMG Consulting and Victoria Grainger, Founder and CEO of Wellness Works Canada.

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Help is available to Albertans dealing with family violence, partner abuse, sexual violence, child abuse, elder abuse, pet abuse, or financial abuse. Please consider sharing these supports among your personal and professional networks.

AB Ministry of CSS
 Safety Chat is available if making a phone call can put you at risk. Speak to someone about resources for dealing with family violence at alberta.ca/SafetyChat, available daily 8am-8pm.

Alberta Government Plan for Youth Suicide Prevention 2019 – 2024
Building strength, inspiring hope : a provincial action plan for youth suicide prevention 2019 – 2024
Alberta has a provincial youth suicide rate that is 1.3 times the national average. Recent reports by the Child and Youth Advocate, the Alberta Mental Health Review Committee and the Ministerial Panel for Child Intervention have called upon the Government of Alberta to take a leadership role in preventing youth suicide. In response, the government has worked closely with youth, communities and stakeholders to develop a suicide prevention plan for youth under the age of 25. The building strength, inspiring hope: a provincial action plan for youth suicide prevention takes a comprehensive, long-term strategic approach by building on effective activities and programs already underway and support the development of new stakeholder identified initiatives to meet the needs of the youth and families they serve. Read Full Report

Alberta Health Services
“Outbreak Management for Vulnerable Populations”

Help In Tough Time

ACHIEVE
Free 1 Hour Webinar Managing Your Stress During COVID-19

Beacon
Stronger Minds is a free digital program for all Canadians – to support your mental well-being through the COVID-19 crisis. Get guidance that’s created to help with the specific emotional well-being concerns stirred by the pandemic, through easy-to-digest resources from our team of caring clinical psychologists

CASA
Video CASA and Dr. Dorothy Badry Present: “Your Mental Health” Webinars | Session 5: The Changing Face of Loss & Grief in COVID

Centre for Suicide Prevention
Research Roundup  2020
This latest research roundup includes a timely review of a vastly under-represented segment of those involved in suicide prevention—persons with lived experience.

Child Trends
 “Trauma-informed strategies for supporting children and youth in the child welfare system during COVID-19”. Article by Rebecca Vivrette and Jessica Dym Bartlett’s

Community Mental Health
Community Mental Health Action Plan (ALIGN  participating in this planning group ) The purpose of the Action Plan is to ensure that everyone involved in mental health and addiction in Edmonton and Area has the opportunity to maximize collective resources, leverage opportunities to respond to existing gaps, foster innovative approaches and identify a continuum of integrated supports and services.

Download the Community Mental Health Action Plan:
Mental Health Training Framework Addendum: COVID 19/Crisis Response
COVID 19 Resources for Individuals, Staff and Organizations
Shared Wisdom Story: How the Family Centre Increased Access to Mental Health Services and Saved Money, too
Blog Post: How 211 Can Help During a Pandemic
For social-based organizations, information sharing is central to effective planning, policy development and service delivery. By working together, service providers can more effectively plan and serve Albertans by sharing appropriate personal and health information
Information Sharing Guide for Social-based Service Design and Delivery
Information Sharing Toolkit for Social-based Service Design and Delivery
6 Principles for Getting Information Sharing Right

CTRI
FREE E-MANUAL- Wellness Strategies Stress, Compassion Fatigue, and Resilience
This 53-page manual will help participants identify personal stress factors and introduce them to practical methods for successfully managing stressAlso view CTRI Video – Wellness Strategies

Government of Canada
First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line.
The Hope for Wellness Help Line was established as a specific resource for First Nations and Inuit to provide immediate, culturally competent telephone counselling, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is available in English, French and upon request in Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut.

Homeless Hub
homeless hub – Youth Homelessness: Mental Health and Substance Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Pandemic-Proof: Synthesizing Real-World Knowledge of Promising Mental Health and Substance Use Practices for Young People Who Are Experiencing or Have Experienced Homelessness During the COVID-19 Pandemic..Read Full

Homelessness Learning Hub
Trauma Informed Tool-Kit and Guides
Trauma of all sorts — physical, emotional or sexual — is known to be both a cause and a result of homelessness. This means that staff and volunteers working with people experiencing homelessness need to create and implement trauma-informed services in order to provide the best possible care.

The following collection of resources can be applied to programs supporting youth and adults in Housing First and Prevention programs. 

Hull Services
Video – Building Resilient Communities in the midst of COVID-19
Dr. Emily Wang sits down (virtually) with Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D for an in-depth discussion on the human need for emotional closeness during a time of isolation and physical distancing, and how the decisions we make at this time will impact our society both in the short term as well as the long term.

Lived Experience Lab, A Way Home Canada, Covenant House
Youth Homelessness: Mental Health and Substance Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic Naomi Thulien et al. / Lived Experience Lab, A Way Home Canada, Covenant House Nov 2020
The pandemic has exposed Social Determinants of Health inequities that Canadian front-line providers and youth with current and past experiences of homelessness are struggling to navigate. This CIHR-funded report explores front-line provider practice adaptations for mental health and substance use during COVID-19 for youth with current and past experiences of homelessness.

Mental Health Co-Pilots
Mental Health Co-Pilots 
A new free mental health service in Alberta who do not provide counselling, but are committed to being a bridge between individual’s and skilled mental health professionals. From identifying an individual’s needs, to choosing a professional, navigating insurance and sliding scales to following up and ensuring it is an adequate fit; your Copilot is with you every step of the way.

Minnesota Assoc Children’s Mental Health
Minnesota Association Children’s Mental Health to support conversations with children and families around racism, mental health  and the traumatic events happening over the past while;

Neurosequential Network
COVID-19 Stress, Distress & Trauma Series Trauma expert, Dr. Bruce Perry

PAX Tools™ improves cooperation and emotional and behavioural self-regulation, while having fun. As a result, adults and children/youth experience less stress and enjoy more time together. What Is Pax Tools
PAX Tools & Facilitator Training     

Policywise
Mental Health & Psychosocial Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic

PolicyWise has developed a series of infographics to outline key lessons learned from research and Alberta’s own experience with psychosocial response and recovery.” These infographics could be useful as your agency begins the slow recovery from Covid-19:

The Connections First Project
Alberta led initiative focused on understanding how natural supports can influence well-being among children in their middle years.
Podcast Episode 1: Pregnancy During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Pregnancy can be a stressful time for expecting mothers at the best of times. But what if you layer on a particularly stressful event, like a global pandemic such as COVID-19? What happens to stress levels then? And what does that mean for the health of pregnant moms and their soon to be born children? Dr. Gerald Giesbrecht, one of the lead Principal Investigators on the Pregnancy During the COVID-19 Pandemic Study, joins us to discuss the study and its implications.
Podcast Episode 2: Natural and supportive relationships matter for children
Dr. Suzanne Tough join us to talk about her research and leadership on the “Connections First” research project that addresses this very idea of the vital importance of providing healthy supportive environments for children and youth.

The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate
Communicating Digitally With Children (under 10)
Communicating Digitally With Young People (10+)

We Matter Campaign
We Matter Campaign – Feel Good Thursdays
Indigenous youth can tune in at the same time every week for chats on mental health, creative workshops, interviews with cool folks, and more! Follow them for details.

Wellness Works
Webinar Recordings
Small but Impactful Things to Support Mental Health at Work with Brandy Payne, Workplace Mental Health Consultant

Wellness Together Canada
Wellness Together Canada , an online portal intended to provide Canadians with free resources, tools and professional support services to help with mental health.

Wood’s Homes
Online fatigue during COVID-19 By Justine Marengo, Wood’s Homes Clinician

Workplace Health & Performance  Resource Site
Mental Health First Aid Kits
Resources, Education and Tools
Events, Webinars
Training

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Alberta Health Services

Multi Language COVID 19 Toolkit re. COVID-19 with collaborators Dr Sahil Gupta, and Dr Samuel Vaillancourt, Unity Health, Toronto, and Dr Jaspreet Khangura, Alberta Health Services

Occupational Health and Safety Toolkit provides detailed information about Alberta OHS legislation and what your organization must have in place to ensure a safe workplace
COVID-19 Incidents reporting to Alberta O

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety
Toolkit An interactive training video with accompanying templates – provides an introduction to OHS legislation and to policies and procedures your organization needs to implement to be compliant.
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Build a COVID-19 Toolkit
Now available for download or distribution.  Select workplace health and safety guide to tip sheets and posters.
COVID-19 Health and Safety Resources

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
Return to the workplace: A psychological toolkit for heading back to work This toolkit provides guidance on how to support the mental health of individuals as they plan safe transitions back into their workplaces and to help employers as they develop policies and procedures for supporting staff returning to the work environment

City of Calgary
Maintaining business during an infectious disease outbreak document business continuity checklist specific to infectious disease outbreaks that can be customized for the size of your organization..toolkit

FuseSocial, IntegralOrg and ECVO.
Employer Resource Ki

Integral.org
Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Toolkit – an interactive training video with accompanying templates – provides an introduction to OHS legislation and to policies and procedures your organization needs to implement to be compliant

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Alberta Education

Alberta Health School Attendance Daily Health Checklist
Please do assessment before going to school, child care or other activities.:

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Alberta Health Services
AHS Language Translations Services For COVID-19 Related Information
Multi Language COVID 19 Toolkit

Alberta Government
Phone in 24-hour Family Violence Information Line at 310-1818 provides anonymous help in more than 170 languages

Government of Canada
Indigenous Videos and Resources
These awareness resources are created for Indigenous communities in Indigenous languages by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Indigenous Services Canada and various Indigenous organizations

Government of Canada
First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line.
The Hope for Wellness Help Line was established as a specific resource for First Nations and Inuit to provide immediate, culturally competent telephone counselling, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is available in English, French and upon request in Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut.

Health Literacy Project
COVID-19 Facts in 35 languages

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CCVO
How to: Allow for Virtual Meetings at your Non-Profit
Helpful templates and checklists for your use as well as a summary of programs that are available to help employees during this difficult time.

Google Meet
Google Meet – Help your team stay securely connected with enterprise-grade video conferencing built on Google’s robust and secure global infrastructure. Meet is included with Google Workspace, Google Workspace Essentials, and G Suite for Education.

LogMeIn
 “Emergency Remote Work Kits” available for free for three months. Those kits are designed for nonprofits, schools, and healthcare organizations that aren’t already customers. Include GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar — where users can host presentations for up to 3,000 users —
Miller Thomson

Microsoft
Teams Meeting – Instantly go from group chat to video conference with the touch of a button. Teams of 2 or 10,000 can meet in one place, no matter how many places they’re in.

NCCD Children’s Research Centre
Family Team Meetings Guidance for Facilitators

Tech Soup Canada
COVID-19: How Nonprofits Can Establish Effective Telecommuting Practices

Zoom
Zoom – This offer is for organizations that require 2 or more hosts or that require select add-ons for their Zoom plans

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Alberta Government Family Violence Info

– Phone in 24-hour Family Violence Information Line at 310-1818 provides anonymous help in more than 170 languages.

– Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence is available at 1-866-403-8000, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

– People fleeing family violence can call local police or the nearest RCMP detachment to apply for an – —- Emergency Protection Order, or follow the steps in the Emergency Protection Orders Telephone Applications (COVID-19).

AB Ministry of CSS
Safety Chat is available if making a phone call can put you at risk. Speak to someone about resources for dealing with family violence at alberta.ca/SafetyChat, available daily 8am-8pm. (by phone Family Violence Info Line at 310-1818._

Pandemics and Violence Against Women and Children
Assists researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to help inform further evidence generation and policy action while situating VAW/C within the broader need for intersectional gender- and feminist-informed pandemic response.

End Violence Against Children
Protecting Children During Covid-19 Resources To Reduce Violence And Abuse

University of Western Ontario’s Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children
Resources pertaining to COVID 19 and violence against women and children.

Learning Network
Backgrounder: COVID-19 & Gender-based Violence in Canada:  Key Issues and Recommendations
This backgrounder examines how COVID-19 may create pathways and barriers leading to gender-based violence and violence against women and children.  It highlights key recommendations for responding to these issues, with a specific focus on the Canadian context.

UN Women
COVID-19 and Ending Violence Against Women and Girls
This brief highlights emerging evidence of the impact of the recent global pandemic of COVID-19 on violence against women and girls. It makes recommendations to be considered by all sectors of society and also considers the economic impact of the pandemic and its implications for violence against women and girls in the long-term.

United Nations
Domestic Abuse: How to respond?
Working from home during an extended period may heighten stress and anxiety. Although being with immediate family members and loved ones could alleviate feelings of isolation, confinement may aggravate pre-existing inter-familial tensions where long-term abusive patterns are now exacerbated. Confinement may also create new tensions, resulting in domestic abuse…
Violence against women and girls data collection during COVID-19
This brief paper summarizes principles and recommendations to those planning to embark on data collection on the impact of COVID-19 on violence against women and girls.

World Health Organization
COVID-19 and violence against women What the health sector/system can do
 Violence against women remains a major threat to global public health and women’s health during emergencies. Violence against women is highly prevalent. Intimate partner violence is the most common form of violence…
Gender and COVID-19
WHO calls on its Member States and all global actors to guide investments in quality and gender-sensitive research on the adverse health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19. Countries are advised to incorporate a focus on gender into their COVID-19 responses in order to ensure that public health policies and measures to curb the epidemic take account of gender and how it interacts with other areas of inequality. In particular

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Alberta.ca K to 12 learning during COVID-19
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Alberta Health School Attendance Daily Health Checklist
Please do assessment before going to school, child care or other activities.

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OCYA – If a child or youth disagrees with either the approval or denial of at-home learning, they may contact the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (OCYA) for assistance. Young people who are receiving services under CYFEA and PSECA may contact the OCYA at any point in time to discuss issues or concerns and seek advocacy supports. The OCYA ensures that the young person’s rights, viewpoint, and choices are considered at a time when decisions are made on their behalf. Contact: Toll-free: (800) 661-3446 or Email: [email protected]

NORTHERN ALBERTA – Call: (780) 422-6056; SOUTHERN ALBERTA Call: (403) 297-8435

Sector News

ALIGN CONFERENCE 2021
WE’RE GOING VIRAL!

We have another exceptional line up of presenters who will stimulate our learning and enhance our ability to help children and families.

Fridays Jan. 15 – Feb 5, 2021
9AM – 11AM

Member Agency Careers Apply Now!

View Alberta human service sector career opportunities with ALIGN Member agencies.

Find career opportunities across the province in both non-profit and for-profit agencies and organizations serving vulnerable children and families.

Visit the Career Page now & apply!

Call To Action

Contribute to Special Issue Journal focusing on COVID-19/Child Welfare

Contribute To ALIGN’s CONNECTIONS Newsletter For Indigenous Children and Youth, and their Caregivers

Reminder to Members! Send in your agencies  training events and let ALIGN help you promote them.

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