“First I must address the other crisis before us, the discovery of children on former residential school sites. We knew this was coming, but knowing cannot prepare you. These are our children, and we can only imagine how they lived and how they died. This is the truth of this land and none of us can look away. There are no more excuses to be made or accepted. People of the land stand with us, call for all information to be released, call for all sites to be investigated, call for all involved to be held accountable, indivuduals, groups, religions, governments. Wherever you are, do something to show love and support. Express your grief in your way. Call for a national day of mourning. We must and never will forget. Let this be the light that guide us to a better path.”
At this time, we have 0 active cases of COVID-19 the community. 28 total have been resolved, with 1 death.
Vaccine Clinic
Miigwech to those who participated in our most recent vaccine clinic, held June 11th. We were able to provide 136 additional members aged 12 and above, with the Pfizer vaccine. We are hopeful that the next clinic will take place within the next few weeks.
As a reminder, children aged 12 and above are now permitted to receive the vaccine provided at our clinic. We are requiring all members between the ages of 12-15 to be accompanied by their parent or guardian.
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.
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. If you wish for your Immunization Record to be updated to reflect the vaccine, please contact our Community Health office at 905-768-1181.
Precautions
As of June 14th, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation has implemented the following restrictions for our community:
• Indoor organized public events are not allowed,
• Outdoor gatherings will be permitted for up to 10 (ten) people;
• Outdoor dining will be permitted for up to 4 (four) people per table;
• Essential retail will be permitted, with a capacity of 25% (twenty-five percent);
• Non-essential retail will be permitted, with a capacity of 15% (fifteen percent)
• Outdoor sports, fitness and personal training will be permitted, up to 10 (ten) people;
• Outdoor religious services, rites and ceremonies will be permitted, with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 (two) metres;
• 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;
Council is permitting OPP to answer reports of violations of any of the above precautions in place.
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 519-732-5768
• 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 affect the Membership. If you have any concerns, please contact any member of the table.