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COVID-19 Memo

Willow Cree Health Services Memo: COVID-19

To: Membership of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation

From: Willow Cree Health Services, Inc.

Date: March 17, 2020

Re: Doctor Days/Appointments


Tansi Membership,

Please be advised that WCHS operations will be adjusted to ensure the health and well-being of our community.

Effective immediately, there will be no gathering of individuals in the clinic and the following measures are being implemented:

  1. Individuals attending appointments must call reception @ (306) 467-4402 to advise them of their arrival at the health clinic. Individuals will not be permitted to wait in the waiting area.
  2. Doctor days will continue via telehealth with a Primary Health Nurse representative. Doctors will not be on-site. The following doctors will be available on the following days:
    1. March 19 – Dr. McMillan
    2. March 24 – Dr. Melle
    3. March 27 – Dr. Melle (OAT)
    4. March 31 – Dr. Silver
  3. Immunizations are available by appointment only.
  4. If you require prescription refills, please contact your doctor in Rosthern to make arrangements.
  5. The Mental Health Team remains available by appointment. Individuals requiring additional Mental Health supports are encouraged to contact:
    1. Crisis Centre – 306-933-6200 (Saskatoon Mobile Crisis) or 306-764-1011 (Prince Albert Mobile Crisis)
    2. Suicide Prevention Centre – 1-833-456-4566
    3. Crisis Service Canada – 1-833-456-4566 or text “START” to 45645
    4. Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868 or text “CONNECT” to 686868
    5. For additional information and Mental Health Supports, please contact WCHS @ 306-467-4402
  6. Patients requiring dialysis treatment are encouraged to contact Ivie should you be unable to make arrangements with family for transportation.  Medical transportation remains available.

If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding these or other health related matters, please contact Willow Cree Health Services @ 306-467-4402.

Thank you,

– Willow Cree Health Services

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COVID-19 Statement

Statement from the Chief: COVID-19

For Immediate Release

March 16, 2020

STATEMENT FROM THE CHIEF: COVID-19

Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, Treaty 6 – The following statement was released by Chief Petit in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

During this time, we are asking that membership please take all recommended precautions to ensure that you are doing your part to help stop the potential spread of the virus; language and behavior that can cause undue panic in the community does not help anyone. If you have legitimate information, recommendations, or solutions, please share those – everyone’s input is welcome.

The BOCN has in place an Emergency Management Team (EMT) consisting of leadership, health, and other staff who are trained in preparation for all kinds of different emergency scenarios. These individuals continue to monitor the situation for any changes as they occur locally, provincially, and nationally.

Since before the World Health Organization (WHO) announcement that the situation had been upgraded to a pandemic, preparations had already been underway to update and formulate the plan for how we as a community would deal with the situation as it unfolded. During the past few days, the EMT has met daily to review information as it comes in; and following the latest reliable medical advice, news reports, and the decisions that are being made by other governments. The EMT is using all tools available to keep the community informed.

Information will continue to be shared through:

    1. Text Blasting – this is the easiest, most efficient way to keep informed. Simply text “BOCN” to 393939 to be added to the service.
    2. Website – http://bocn9697.com.
    3. Social Media – only reliable, relevant, and credible information will be posted to the Chief & Council Facebook and Instagram accounts.
    4. Direct Delivery – to on-reserve households will continue as the situation warrants.
    5. Local Radio – 103.3 CHIT FM. Timings will be announced.

Please do your part by sharing information with your clans, families who might not have access to the above methods of information distribution.

**THE MAIN MESSAGE THAT IS BEING SHARED WORLDWIDE IS TO CONCENTRATE ON STOPPING THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS**

You can do your part by:

    1. Washing your hands thoroughly and regularly;
    2. Practicing proper cough etiquette (into your sleeve or shoulder)
    3. Practicing ‘social distancing’: 2 metres or 6 feet apart, avoiding unnecessary travel, avoiding shaking hands, hugging, kissing, etc.
    4. STAY HOME.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this difficult time.

An updated information package is being prepared and will be delivered as soon as possible.

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For more information, please contact:

Chief & Council Communications
communciations@beardysband.com  |  306-467-4523

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COVID-19 Statement

Emergency Management Team Statement: COVID-19

For Immediate Release

March 12, 2020

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TEAM STATEMENT: COVID-19

Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, Treaty 6 – The following statement was released from the Emergency Management Team (EMT) in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic:

The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic.

The Emergency Management Team – Councillor Kevin Seesequasis, Councillor Jeremy Seeseequasis, Emergency Response Manager, Brenda Seesequasis, Director of Health, Kim Jonathan, Emergency Management Assistants Carmel Cameron and Loressa D’Jonaire, Community Health Nurses Mary Salisbury and Carrie Hadland, the Chief Executive Officer, Jaye Cameron, and the Chief Financial Officer, Daryle Gardipy – met this afternoon and well into the evening to discuss the community response to the COVID-19 pandemic and continue planning a responsible path forward.

The Emergency Management Team is taking this issue very, very seriously.

Many questions have been posed to members of Council, and to members of the Emergency Management Team.

We would like to update you on our response to-date, what steps we’re taking moving forward, and answer some urgent questions.

To date, we have:

    • Conducted a community information session with Dr. Khan, the Regional Medical Health Officer with Indigenous Services Canada during Emergency Preparedness Week last week;
    • Sent multiple text blasts with relevant, reliable information to educate community members about COVID-19;
    • Distributed door-to-door, detailed information regarding COVID-19;
    • Allocated funding to purchase additional disinfecting and cleaning supplies for public buildings; and
    • Reviewed the BOCN Pandemic Plan to ensure our community is prepared to responsibly deal with this situation.

Due to the rapidly evolving local, regional, national, and global situation, we are taking the following precautionary measures:

    • Individuals arriving back home from anywhere out-of-province will be required to self-monitor for a period of not less than 14 days;
    • All individuals entering public buildings shall be required to sanitize/wash their hands prior to conducting their business;
    • All public gatherings have been cancelled including:
      1. Community and sporting events;
      2. Out-of-community forums, workshops, professional development and training events, and conferences;
      3. Gym/Youth Centre activities; and
      4. Health Centre groups and events (essential services will still be delivered).

*NOTE: the cancellation of public gatherings does not include cultural ceremonies – these activities are encouraged to continue – please pray for our community.

    • All non-essential travel amongst Band staff has been cancelled;
    • In consultation with, and on the advice of Dr. Khan, the Regional Medical Health Officer, the decision has been taken NOT to close the schools AT THIS TIME;
    • Mandatory hand-washing at all public institutions and CRCEC/CBMES/Daycare shall be instituted daily at 11am and 1pm OVER AND ABOVE regular hand-washing practices;
    • Special provisions for Social Assistance day will be made – detailed instructions and information will be provided at a later date;
    • Each household will also receive a jug of soap to support the primary method of prevention. Additional details will be provided at a later date;
    • All custodial staff will receive information on how to effectively disinfect surfaces using appropriate products; and
    • The Emergency Management Team will meet daily to assess the situation and adjust plans accordingly.

We wish to reinforce a few things to community members:

    • The most important step you can do to protect your family and prevent an outbreak in our community is to simply – AND THOROUGHLY – wash your hands! When done in conjunction with proper cough etiquette, social distancing (2 metres or 6 feet), avoiding unnecessary travel, not shaking hands, and frequent disinfecting, we can all do our part to prevent an outbreak from occurring in our community.
    • Do not panic. The Public Health Agency of Canada and the Regional Medical Health Officer maintain that the risk to residents of Saskatchewan is generally low. All our decisions are being guided by up-to-date medical advice, experience, and common sense.
    • Do not share inaccurate information or jokes about COVID-19. Inaccurate information on social media has a common tendency to be taken seriously. Let’s all work to ensure our community has the most accurate, up-to-date information possible and that we’re all working collectively to prevent an outbreak.

These steps are initial, temporary measures put in place to reduce the risk of an outbreak today. As the situation evolves, additional measures may be taken to prevent and/or combat an outbreak in our community.

We will continue to provide detailed information about our on-going efforts to prevent an outbreak using 4 primary methods: Door-to-door delivery, our Nation’s website: http://bocn9697.com; the Chief & Council Facebook page; and our text blasting software.

In conclusion, our Emergency Management Team is working diligently to prevent an outbreak in our community. All BOCN members are strongly encouraged to join the BOCNs Text Blasting service to receive up-to-date information. To subscribe, simply text “BOCN” to the number 393939.

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For medical information, please contact:

Willow Cree Health Services: 306-467-4402;

or visit: Saskatchewan.ca/covid19

For general information, please contact:

Chief & Council Communications: 306-467-4523  |  communications@beardysband.com

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Statement

Statement from Council: Medical Services at Willow Cree Health Services

For Immediate Release

October 4, 2018

STATEMENT FROM COUNCIL: MEDICAL SERVICES AT WILLOW CREE HEALTH SERVICES

Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, Treaty 6 Territory – The following statement was released by the Council of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation regarding actions taken at Willow Cree Health Services:

On September 19, the Council of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation invoked specific clauses of the Indian Act.

This decision has caused significant concern amongst our membership. We wish to assure our members that these actions were carefully considered and deliberated; our action also reflects what is considered by Council to be in the best interest of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation.

Each member of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation is well within their rights to determine their own medical care. Quality health care and professional services will continue to be provided at Willow Cree Health Services to members of our Nation.

Again, we would like to reassure our members that Council’s actions were taken in the best interest of our Nation; and that due to on-going considerations, Council is unable to release further information at this time.

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For more information, please contact:

Chief & Council Communications
306-467-4523  |  communications@beardysband.com