From the Office of the Chief

Ensuring Continued Proactive Covid-19 Emergency Preparedness and Precautions

Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic and the virus is still surging across the globe. Our community has been very proactive in terms of emergency preparedness. We are now at the stage like the rest of Canada, where we are still taking the necessary precautions in keeping our community safe. We still need to take personal precautions, washing your hands and keeping the recommended two meters physical distancing. In addition, if you are leaving the community to shop for essential supplies, please wear a mask when out in public.

As we are now longer in lock down, we will be pausing the community food-distribution program as of Wednesday July 22, 2020. All of us need to start adjusting to the new “normal”. There was a new positive case reported in Kenora on Sunday July 19, 2020. We will continue to enforce the non-resident ban. All people entering our community must provide evidence of a negative test and provide name and contact information to the check stop crew. The reason for collection of this information is to help track individuals in the event that trace tracking needs to occur. Please cooperate with the check stop crew.

The Band office Administration offices will remain closed to the public. There are limited programs that are deemed essential that still need to attend the offices to complete essential work this includes, finance, social services, Band Representative and the Jordan’s principle program.

We will be meeting with the School Administration in the coming weeks to review plans to maintain the education system in the community. This may look different with some changes to keep our children safe. Models in Ontario are being reviewed.

The call centre remains open. You can reach them at 807-444-2256.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available. Stay safe.

Waylon Scott
Chief, Wabaseemoong Independent Nations