SKIDEGATE BAND COUNCIL COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM CHIEF COUNCILLOR BILLY YOVANOVICH
STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED
On 23 March 2020 the Skidegate Band Council declared a State of Emergency to further minimize the risk related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The following measures shall come are in immediately:
- • A ban on non-essential travel into and out of Haida Gwaii for all Skidegate band members except those providing essential services in accordance with Skidegate’s Pandemic Plan, or requiring emergency medical care.
- • If you are returning from travel abroad (i.e.: outside of Haida Gwaii), it is mandatory to self-isolate for a period of 14 days.
• Non-island residents will be asked to turn around and not enter the community; or, for non-residents traveling through the community to their destination, no stops will be permitted.
- • As of this notice, gatherings of 10 or more people are strictly prohibited. This measure will be updated in accordance with Provincial and Federal directives.
• All Skidegate band members who are no longer working in essential services are strongly advised to stay home. If you must travel for essential services, please do so quickly and observe social distancing protocols.
- • Band members may only have contact with those in the same household, except in workplaces that continue to operate. Those members who continue to attend physical workplaces must actively practice social distancing and follow recommended practices with respect to hygiene and disinfection of common spaces.
• Areas that typically attract larger groups of people where a separation of 6 feet is difficult to maintain are now closed to the public. This includes the George Brown Recreation Centre, Skidegate Youth Centre, Haida Heritage Centre, Nursery School, SHIP, Daycare, Adult Day Program, Spirit Lake Trail and playgrounds.
- • Children under 12 years of age must be supervised or within communication distance of an adult when outside.
• Deliveries of goods and services will be allowed into the community, with minimal contact with band members.
- • As per the Skidegate Emergency Operations Centre “Bulletin #2,” elders requiring grocery or medication pick-up and delivery are asked to contact the Skidegate Health Centre: 250-559-4610.
- • Local grocery stores and gas bars still in operation (Taaw Naay, Fields, Co-op) are advised to adhere to their own or Provincially-imposed patron cap. All establishments and patrons must respect social distancing.
- • Skidegate’s IR#1 borders will be coned off in an effort to limit potential exposure to COVID-19. Signs will be erected at Skidegate’s IR#1 borders.
CHECK-IN PHONE CALL FROM SKIDEGATE MENTAL HEALTH
During this time of agreeing to safety measures such as social distancing and self-isolation, it may bring up or trigger memories of isolation from the past. There are steps that your Skidegate mental health counsellors can assist with, if you need to talk, or learn a grounding practice, for your nervous system.
We need your permission to phone you, to assist with supporting you during this time of isolation. Please phone the Skidegate Health Centre (250 559 4610) to let us know if you would like one of the counsellors to check in on you. Please provide your phone number, name, and your preferred time for a support call.
FUTURE LEADERS TO STEP UP
The COVID-19 virus is making people really sick and killing many throughout the world. This virus can affect you, your family, and friends if you don't take precautions now! Today, over 26,000 people of all ages have died from this virus and the spreading of it will continue unless we all work together to stop it. Youths need to follow some simple steps:
• Getting together in groups is not a good idea as the virus will pass to you and your friends on contact.
• If you do meet remain at least 2 metres away from each other and do not share drinks, vapes, cigarettes, etc. – this is not a joke because if you take the virus home you are putting all of your family at serious risk; this virus spreads quickly and easily.
"This is a time for our future leaders to really step and take COVID-19 seriously," says Chief Councillor, Billy Yovanovich. "The way you act today will help keep you and your relatives safe and our culture strong. In the past, our culture was decimated by a virus and we can't let that happen again. Taking steps today is extremely important."
HOW TO STAY SAFE
• Wash your hands
• Cover a cough or sneeze
• Don't touch eyes, nose or mouth, especially
with unwashed hands.
• Keep your distance – at lease 2 metres.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay at home and communicate by cell and internet
NOTICE TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS
On Friday, March 27 all Haida Gwaii communities will be issuing a notice via email, text and voicemail on the ePACT system. Be aware that it is not an emergency, we are just trying to ensure the Islands’ joint message reaches all of our community members.
Please pass this notice on to our Elders so they are not alarmed on Friday.
HAIDA GWAII DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY
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EMERGENCY OPERTIONS CENTRE UPDATE
March 21, 2020
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Skidegate Band Council office closed.
Skidegate Band Council office will be closed until March 31st. At that time we will reassess the Covid-19 situation and let our community members know if there is any change. All staff will be working from home and will be available via email.
If you need to contact any staff during the closure you can email them at:
CAO, Babs Stevens – email@example.com
Executive Assistant, Ashley Crosby – firstname.lastname@example.org
Reception, Doris Rosang – email@example.com
Education Coordinator, Marcia Piercey – firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Development, Ruth Gladstone-Davies – email@example.com
Housing Coordinator, Roberta Aiken – firstname.lastname@example.org
Indian Registration, Bonita Jones – email@example.com
Accounts payable, Natalie Stevens – firstname.lastname@example.org
Finance Manager, Sue Wood – email@example.com
Climate Action Coordiantor, Devin Racher – firstname.lastname@example.org
Elected by the community every two years, the Skidegate Band Council is the administrative and governing body of Skidegate. The Council is responsible for negotiating with governments, implementing programs, monitoring finances and managing the social and political issues that arisein the community. The Council is made up of seven Councillors and one Chief Councillor.
Issues, concerns and queries pertaining to Council matters can be
Chief Administrative Officer: Babs Stevens
Box 1301 Skidegate
V0T 1S1 Haida Gwaii
For general inquiries please email email@example.com