The COVID-19 emergency assistance provided by the Canadian military has ended in the community of Shamattawa. At one point there were 370 known cases among the community's on-reserve population of 1,300. That number is now under 30 active cases and declining still.
Timeline of military assistance:
On December 4, 2020, about six Canadian Rangers from the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (4 CRPG) were activated in the Shamattawa First Nation to assist local officials in COVID-19 relief efforts. Canadian Armed Forces assistance complemented and enhanced support drawn from provincial and local resources.
The Rangers provided:
Support to the local community in the production and distribution of real-life-support requirements such as food, firewood and care packages
Assistance with the dissemination of information from community, provincial, and federal entities related to personal protective health measures and layered risk mitigation strategies for the community
Logistical and general support including, but not limited to transportation assistance, resupply and humanitarian assistance
Integrated into the local Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) command post in the community.
On December 9, 2020, the CAF dispatched a liaison and reconnaissance team of 11 Regular Force members from CFB Shilo, Manitoba to assess the situation alongside community and provincial partners.
On December 12, the CAF initiated the deployment of additional CAF members into Shamattawa FN, Man., to support a request for assistance.
As of December 13, this contingent included:
A team of approximately 40 CAF personnel to assist in the establishment of an Alternative Isolation Area (AIA) and other community support tasks. The team was composed of CAF members from 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry from Shilo, Man. and multi-purpose medical assistance team (MMAT) of 17 CAF members composed of nurses, medical technicians, and one general duty member to assist other healthcare support tasks. Personnel from the MMAT were from the 1 Canadian Forces Health Services Group in Edmonton, Alta.
On December 26, 2020, based on the improvement of the situation within the community, the CAF contingent was reduced by 19 members.
On December 31, 2020, the CAF support the Shamattawa First Nation ended successfully.