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

April 3rd, 2021.

At this time, we have 0 active case of COVID-19 in the community, 18 have been resolved.  Miigwech for your diligence in keeping our community safe.

The province announced a 28-Day “Emergency Brake,” on Thursday afternoon, effective Saturday April 3rd. In order to keep our community safe, the MCFN Chief and Council will be implementing enhanced COVID-19 precautions within our First Nation. As such, the following safety measures will be effective for the MCFN, as of this date:

  • Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are not allowed, except with members of the same household (the people you live with);
  • Outdoor social gatheringsmust comply with public health advice on physical distancing and have no more than 5 people;
  • Weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies must abide by the following:

-physical distancing must be maintained

-guests must wear masks or face coverings

-capacity limits:

-indoors: 15% capacity of the room

-outdoors: no more people than social distancing of 2m permits

-Drive-in services, rites or ceremonies permitted with COVID-19 precautions in place

-Virtual services permitted.

  • Restaurants are limited to takeout services only
  • Fitness and recreation facilities are closed. Virtual classes are permitted.

Council will be permitting OPP to enforce COVID-19 protocols in our community. This includes the implementation of fines for violations of the Reopening Ontario Act. A copy of the framework has been sent to all our businesses.

Vaccine Clinic Update

Recognizing the importance of providing our Members with the opportunity to receive the vaccine, we will move forward with our Vaccine Clinics on April 10th and 11th with heightened precautions in place. Screening upon entry will be mandatory, so if you are feeling ill or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.

At this time, we are no longer able to schedule any new appointments, due to the volume of people schedule for this clinic. We do have a list started for Members who still require their first dose and Community Health will follow up once when there is an opportunity to schedule more first doses.

Easter Weekend

Social gatherings, especially around holiday periods, have been a major source of transmission of COVID-19. To avoid this risk, we are asking that people do not gather with each other in indoor settings. Celebrations should only include those living in an immediate household. For those who live alone, it is recommended that you limit your contact to one close household. Please be safe and enjoy your long weekend.

MCFN Organizational Lockdown

Chief and Council have approved a one-month extension of the Lockdown for our organization. The Organizational lockdown will be in effect until May 1st, 2021. During this period, please note the following:

  • MCFN Operations will continue to be restricted to operational services only;
  • External contractors will not be permitted in MCFN buildings until after May 1st,
  • Necessary Social Health Services programming will continue, with enhanced COVID-19 precautions in place
  • All in-person programming will be cancelled for the duration of the lockdown and virtual programming will take place whenever possible;
  • Visitors or community members will not be permitted in MCFN administration buildings, the phone line will be manned by a receptionist from 8:30am-2:00pm, Monday through Friday, not including the 1 (one) hour lunch period of 12:00pm-1:00pm;
  • LMR will be deemed essential for Community Wellness applications and on-reserve status cards;
  • Payments to MCFN will continue to be made online or mailed in.

Please note, if you require emergency assistance at this time relating to Social and Health Programs, you can contact their land line at 905-768-1181, and leave a voice mail at the applicable extension of the relevant party. If you require emergency Administrative support, please contact Kailey Thomson, Chief Operating Officer at 905-979-2957 or Kerri King, Executive Director of Operations at 289-527-0364. You also have the option to reach out to any member of Council. If you require other information or supports, I encourage you to look to our website and social media for relevant contact numbers and resources.

Please continue to take extra measures to prevent COVID-19 and the Variants of Concern from spreading in our community. This includes:

  • Double masking, or wearing a single mask and a face shield.
  • Taking trips are only those of an essential nature only, that being groceries, pharmacy and if necessary, to work;
  • Practicing physical distancing of 2-metres when out of your home to get essential supplies;
  • Continuing to wash your hands, and practice good hygiene.

Testing

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we are encouraging you to get tested. The results can be delivered to you in as quick as 24 hours.

Please contact the following Public Health Offices and follow their instructions:

  • Haldimand Norfolk Public Health – 519-426-6170, ext. 9999
  • Six Nations COVID-19 Assessment Centre – 1-855-977-7737 or 226-446-9909
  • Brant County Public Health – 519-751-5818 or at assessment@bchsys.org

Please note, the MCFN Community Health Office is not a Public Health Office, although it does assist with contact tracing and wellness checks for those who reside on MCFN.