Message from Chief Sacha regarding provincial update April 24, 2020

April 24, 2020

Dear Ugpi’ganjig community members;

We’re finally starting to see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.  The province has put out the recovery framework COVID 19 pandemic plan.  We’re now able to extend our family isolation from one household to two.  Golf courses, driving ranges, parks, beaches and carpooling of co-workers and neighbors, and outdoor religious and ceremonial services are all being permitted, all providing physical distancing is in place. Post-secondary campuses are accessible to fulfill any course requirements and recreational fishing and hunting delays have been lifted.

Although this news is uplifting, we must remain diligent in physical and social distancing, as we don’t expect a vaccine for another 12 to 18 months. Our normal is wearing a mask in public, hand washing, and physical distancing.  Eel River Bar has been doing awesome with this pandemic, we won the first battle and have not yet seen a confirmed case, we need to take the next phases just seriously to keep our community safe.

I want to thank our access control monitors in their efforts, we know there has been some non-compliance, the selfishness of one puts an entire community at risk.  Drug use, sales, and purchases seem to be what drives most of the non-compliance, these people are being monitored and reported.

With the new measures and lifted restrictions, it is still strictly recommended that there should be no visitations to any vulnerable populations. As a First Nation community, we put these measures in place to protect our elders, our sick, and our children. Let’s keep up the good work! I hope you all enjoy the weekend in a safe and respectful way.

All my relations, Chief Sacha