Confirmed cases of COVID-19 On First Nations reserves, as of December 21 Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is aware of

Press Release

On First Nations reserves, as of December 21 Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is aware of:

  • 52,263 confirmed positive COVID-19
  • 837 active cases
  • 2,422 hospitalizations
  • 50,865 recovered cases
  • 561 deaths

Case numbers per region:

  • British Columbia: 6,307
  • Alberta: 14,399
  • Saskatchewan: 13,790
  • Manitoba: 11,787
  • Ontario: 4,251
  • Quebec: 1,310
  • Atlantic: 419

Since the beginning of the pandemic, ISC is aware of 13,471 COVID-19 confirmed cases due to variants of concern in First Nations communities, with the following breakdown by type:

  • 3,144 alpha
  • 16 beta
  • 162 gamma
  • 8,110 delta
  • 2,014 indeterminate with variant of concern traits
  • 25 omicron

Two omicron cases are in First Nations communities in Eastern Canada and 23 cases are in First Nations communities in Western Canada. Omicron has been detected in a total of 7 First Nations communities.

For breakdowns for general population in Canada  consult Variants of concern.

Provincial chief public health officers work with ISC’s regional medical officers and nurses to provide medical support as needed when a positive case is reported.

As of December 14:

  • the rate of reported active cases of COVID-19 in First Nations people living on-reserve was going down since mid-January 2021 and reached its lowest point during the first week of August at 84.2 cases per 100,000. Since then, it started to rise again and is currently 198.9 per 100,000 or 2 times the respective rate in the general Canadian population
  • the COVID-19 case fatality rate among First Nations people living on a reserve is 69% of the case fatality rate in the general Canadian population
  • 97% of First Nations people living on a reserve who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered

For more details on case numbers in First Nations communities, visit:

For the total number of confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 across Canada, visit:

For the case notification process:

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