Message to the Snuneymuxw community regarding the COVID-19 Disease - Update Nov. 23, 2020

Nov. 23/20

Dear Snuneymuxw,

To-date, there has been no test positive case within our Snuneymuxw community, but the pandemic is teaching us that now more than ever, all of us must heighten the use of protective measures in our daily lives. Due to the rising number of positive cases in the province, Dr. Bonnie Henry has ordered everyone in British Columbia to stay at home as much as possible, and only leave your house for work or essential needs. As we cope with the ongoing challenges of Covid-19, I want to thank you all for your community spirit and community strength to continue to persevere through these challenging times.

Some of the ways our Nation is reducing the risk of transmission within our community is through the activation of the Covid Task Force, the Covid Safety Plan, the Covid-19 Bylaw and the Governance Pandemic Plan. These plans, policies and procedures enforce safety measures within the workplace and community, and they also identify additional protective measures that would be activated if there is a test positive case in our community. If you have any questions, concerns or comments about the Snuneymuxw responses to the Covid pandemic, please call our new Emergency Response Coordinator, Samara Aitken at 250-740-2300 during regular business hours (8am-4pm, Monday-Friday), or email emergencyresponse@snuneymuxw.ca at anytime.

Last Thursday (November 19, 2020) Dr. Bonnie Henry issued a new province-wide order. All individuals, places of work and businesses in B.C. must significantly reduce social interactions and travel. Under this new order, no social gatherings of any size with anyone other than your household or core bubble are permitted. This includes outdoor gatherings. Please respect this order, as it will help keep our community, our families, and our Elders safe. It is sometimes difficult to stop visiting with friends and family, especially during stressful times like this. You are encouraged to reach out to friends and loved ones via text, telephone or email. Dr. Bonnie Henry strongly recommends avoiding all non-essential travel. Please stay close to home, do not travel to visit family and friends, and do not have family and friends visit you. And if you are not feeling well, stay home and call *811 for professional health advice. By doing all of this, we work together to keep our community safe.

Thank you all for your hard work.

Sincerely,

Chief Mike Wyse