Kamloops former Residential School Discovery
As everyone is aware, a heart-wrenching discovery was made at a former residential school in British Columbia. The bodies of 215 Indigenous children were found, some as young as 3 years old. As First Nations across the country struggle with their grief, Chief and Council are very aware that these are extenuating circumstances, where our Members need to be amongst one another.
As such, a Jingle Dress Healing Ceremony is being organized for the evening of June 7th. This socially distanced event will take place behind the main administration area. More info will follow. All COVID protocols will be in effect for this MCFN community event.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of these children, as well as all those who continue to struggle with the impacts of these schools. If you require further supports at this time, please reach out to the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line. You can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour hotline at 1-866-925-4419.
COVID Update
At this time, we have 0 active cases of COVID-19 the community. 28 total have been resolved, with 1 death. 60% of our community has received the COVID Vaccine.
Vaccine Clinic
We are moving forward with another Vaccine Clinic on June 11th. This clinic will be for all MCFN Members and community members ages 12 and up. Members age 12-15 must be accompanied by a parent (parental consent will be required for this group). Mental health workers will be on site for the duration of the clinic. We will provide fruit and juice boxes after the vaccine is administered, but it is recommended your child eats first.
All Members are encouraged to forward their questions and concerns to the vaccine email at vaccine@mncfn.ca Please provide your contact info, phone number and email address. Community Health will follow up with you.
In order to ensure we have ample time to schedule appointments, registration will be closed as of 4:30pm on June 9th.
Please note, if you have received the Vaccine, you still must follow public health measures, which includes social distancing, masking, handwashing and staying within your own social bubble.
Precautions
Following the Province’s “Stay at Home Order” in effect until June 2nd, the MCFN Chief and Council have implemented enhanced COVID-19 precautions within our First Nation. The following safety measures are in place for the MCFN:
• Indoor organized public events and social gatherings outside of your household are not allowed,
• Outdoor gatherings outside of your household are not allowed;
• Playgrounds and recreational facilities in our community will remain open, but please ensure you take all Public Health guidance, as these structures are NOT sanitized;
• Restaurants are limited to takeout services only;
• Fitness and recreation facilities are closed. Virtual classes are permitted;
• Funerals and religious services, rites or ceremonies must abide by the following:
– physical distancing must be maintained;
– guests must wear masks or face coverings;
– capacity limits: 10 people indoors or outdoors;
– drive-in services, rites or ceremonies permitted with COVID-19 precautions in place;
– virtual services permitted.
Council is permitting OPP to answer reports of violations of any of the above precautions in place.
Please note, MCFN will be moving forward with loosening restrictions on or around June 14th, in line with Step One of the Province’s Roadmap to Recovery. More information will be forthcoming.
Safety Measures ,
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.
MCFN Organizational Lockdown Extension
As a means of being proactive and keeping the staff, the organization and the community safe, Council has approved that MCFN will remain in operational services until August 30th, 2021. During this period, please note the following:
• External contractors will be permitted within MCFN buildings only with the approval of the Chief Operating Officer or designate;
• 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;
• 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.
All offices will be manned by a Receptionist between the hours of 8:30 – 4:30. Please note, the phones will go to voice mail during the lunch period of 12:00-1:00.
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 Kerri L. King, Acting Chief Operating Officer / Executive Director of Operations at 289-527-0364.
If you require other information or supports, we encourage you to look to our website and social media for relevant contact numbers and resources.
Mental Health Supports
We understand the mental health impacts the on-going pandemic can have on our youth, and all of our members and we want you to know we are here for you.
Please see resources below:
• MCFN Mental Health Worker Faith Rivers: Faith.Rivers@mncfn.ca or 905-536-7863
• Haldimand Norfolk Reach Services: 519-587-2441 x 350
• Six Nations Crisis Line: 1-866-445-2204
• First Nations & Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310
• Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868, or text 686868
• Ontario Mental Health Help Line: 1-866-531-2600
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 covid.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.
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.