MARCH 27, 2020
Chief and Council have issued a State of Local Emergency for Malahat Nation
Our top priority is preventing anyone in our community, especially elders and people with health conditions, from getting sick during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We have an emergency plan currently being implemented.
The band office is closed with staff working remotely and available to assist. You can call (250) 743-3231 and someone will get back to you.
All essential services will continue with more support for members to come.
To support your community during this state of emergency:
- Stay home as much as possible!
- Wash your hands regularly
- If you have to go out, always stay six feet away from people
- Call your friends and family to check on them and avoid feeling lonely while you’re staying home
- If someone goes out for supplies, they can pick things up for other people and leave those items on doorsteps without seeing them
- Clean all surfaces at home that are regularly touched
- If you feel sick but it is not an emergency, call Nurse Cindy at (250) 882-9038 or call 8-1-1 to speak with a nurse
MARCH 18, 2020
The federal government announced their COVID-19 funding package this morning of $82 Billion. The details aren’t all out yet but they have announced as part of this “$305 million for a new distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund to address immediate needs in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation communities”. When we get details on this support for Indigenous Communities we will let you know more. Malahat is also looking at providing some modest short term support to members in the interim.
Other supports announced by the Government of Canada that we expect most members to qualify for are as follows:
- For over 12 million low- and modest-income families, who may require additional help with their finances, the Government is proposing to provide a one-time special payment by early May 2020 through the Goods and Services Tax credit (GSTC). This will double the maximum annual GSTC payment amounts for the 2019-20 benefit year. The average boost to income for those benefitting from this measure will be close to $400 for single individuals and close to $600 for couples.
- For over 3.5 million families with children, who may also require additional support, the Government is proposing to increase the maximum annual Canada Child Benefit (CCB) payment amounts, only for the 2019-20 benefit year, by $300 per child. The overall increase for families receiving CCB will be approximately $550 on average; these families will receive an extra $300 per child as part of their May payment.
The government gives an example that for a single parent with two kids the family would receive around $1,500 in additional support.
MARCH 16, 2020
Malahat Nation is taking direction from First Nation Health Authority and Island Health on best practices to respond to the virus. As recommended by the Centre For Disease Control (CDC) we will be cancelling all community events until further notice.
The Health Unit is being updated regularly from Island Health and First Nations Health Authority and is prepared if needed.
Continue to follow CDC recommendations:
- Wash your hands with soap often for at least 20 seconds, If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people and large gatherings
- Stay home if you are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with your arm or tissues
- Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently
- Do not travel out of Canada if at all possible
If you have any questions please contact Nurse Cindy 250.882.9038
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