May 22, 2020

The MCFN Chief and Council and the MCFN COVID-19 Working Group are actively taking precautions and actions to address the potential impacts of COVID-19 within our Nation.

Currently, the MCFN Community has one active case of COVID-19, one resolved case and one probable case.

Although the Province have implemented phase one of their economic recovery plan, we urge all MCFN Members to maintain their diligence in their precautions. This includes social distancing, regular hand washing, and continuing to refrain from group gatherings of more than five people.

  1. Garden Boxes:  Garden Kits will be ready for “drive through” pick up at the MCFN Community Centre for those who pre ordered them on Tuesday May 26, 2020 at the following times:

    Root Garden Kits ONLY                  10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

    Three Sisters Kits ONLY                 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Salad Garden Kits ONLY                 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    Please arrive during the posted time you requested to ensure that the committee is able to safely and efficiently distribute them. The Garden Committee will place your kit in your vehicle. Please do not exit your vehicle and follow the posted signs. The MCFN Community Centre washrooms will not be available for use.

  2. Off Reserve Gift Cards:  At this time, the off-reserve gift cards are being provided to new applicants for the period of March to June. We have a waiting list started and will continue sending out cards once the new shipment arrives. If you have registered for a gift card and have yet to receive one, please contact Kerri King at kerri.king@mncfn.ca.

  3. On Reserve Care Packages:  On May 19, 2020, the May care packages were delivered to all homes on MCFN. Chi-miigwech to the MCFN COVID-19 Working Group and MCFN Social and Health Services staff for completing these deliveries. For the households who received their packages in the carrying crate, please note that you can either keep or dispose of it as you see fit.

  4. LSK Students:  Please keep an eye out for the update on when families will be able to pick up their children’s material. LSK staff are working on report card preparation and a day will be scheduled for a contactless pick up of materials.

  5. MCFN Businesses and Cigarette Sales:  We would like to acknowledge the many MCFN businesses that are respecting the Council’s position that cigarette sales are prohibited at this time. The rationale has always been to keep non-residents from visiting the community and potentially increasing our exposure to COVID-19. On Tuesday, May 19, 2020 MCFN Council have reaffirmed that cigarette sales are not permitted at this time. It has been reported however, some businesses are choosing to sell. Communication has been sent to all businesses regarding possible repercussions.

    If this blatant disregard for the health and safety of our community is continued, the Council will take all necessary measures to keep this community safe, which includes blocking access to the territory.

  6. Band Administration: the Band Administration main line is voice mail only. If you need immediate assistance, please contact Kailey at 905-979-2957 or Kerri at 289-527-0364 and they will be able to refer you to the relevant departmental contact.

The MCFN Chief and Council and the MCFN COVID-19 Working Group would like to remind everyone to take personal precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. These include:

  • Regular hand washing with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand cleanser.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

  • Maintain social distancing and ensure you practice good respiratory hygiene. Cover your cough or sneeze with your bent elbow or tissue, then dispose of the tissue immediately.

  • Be cognizant of travel advisories and limit your exposure to large gatherings.

  • If you feel ill, stay home. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and follow their instructions.

If you experiencing symptoms, contact the following public health offices and follow their instructions:

  • Haldimand Norfolk Public Health – 519-426-6170, ext. 9999

  • Six Nations Public Health – 519-445-2672

  • Brant County Public Health – 519-753-4937

  • Outside of regular business hours, you can contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

Please note, the MCFN Community Health office is not a public health office, although it does assist with contact tracing and wellness checks.

The MCFN Chief and Council are responsible for making decisions that impact the Membership. If you have any concerns, please contact any member of the table.