Statement from the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation On COVID-19

May 29, 2020

The MCFN Chief and Council and the 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 two probable cases.

Although the Province has implemented Phase 1 of their economic recovery plan, all MCFN members are urged to continue 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. Please be advised that the closure of all MCFN operations has been extended, and we have now designated July 6 as the potential reopening date. This will be evaluated in a few weeks and information will follow. Note that essential services will continue as per previous correspondence.

  2. The COVID-19 Working Group continues to plan for our organization’s reopening. On June 2, 2020, Chief and Council will resume regularly scheduled meetings at the MCFN Community Centre to ensure social distancing. Unfortunately, the public will not be able to attend these meetings at this time. Public minutes will be posted on the member’s only section of the website.

  3. Earlier this week, 83 garden boxes were prepared and distributed to MCFN members. Chi-miigwech to the COVID-19 Working Group and the Gardening Task Force for this special stay at home initiative. Please keep an eye out for the next endeavor.

  4. Off Reserve Gift Cards cover the period of March through June. We now have a waiting list started and will send out cards to new applicants once the shipment arrives. Please note, these cards are designated as one per household. Please contact Kerri King at kerri.king@mncfn.ca for more information.

  5. The MCFN Chief and Council would like to acknowledge the following vendors for their part in providing the on-reserve care packages to date: Forte’s Produce, Hagersville Foodland and Produce Fresh. We appreciate your willingness to work with our COVID-19 team and to assist with providing packages to our on-reserve members.

  6. LSK Students: As you are aware, all in-person classes at LSK have been cancelled for the remainder of the year. Please note that LSK locker and desk materials will be bagged and available for pick up during the week of June 22. Detailed information will follow shortly.

  7. At this time, 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 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.