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December 29 Update

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ᐄᔨᔨᐅᔨᒧᐎᓐ | IIYIYIUYIMUWIN
DEC 29
Update presented by CHB Vice-Chair Christine Petawabano
December 29, 2020
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Our nation is saddened by the loss of Nemaska Elder Matthew Wapachee. 

The Cree Nation has now lost five Elders to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. They all contracted the virus outside Eeyou Istchee. We must all continue to practice physical distancing and other precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19,  as we wait for a vaccine to arrive in Eeyou Istchee. By following precautionary measures, we demonstrate our commitment to the vulnerable members of our community and our Elders, our most cherished resource for our culture, language and identity.

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December 29, 2020 

Our nation is saddened by the loss of Nemaska Elder Matthew Wapachee, who passed away over the weekend from complications from COVID-19 disease. The Cree Health Board and board of directors extend our deepest condolences to his family. 

Former Chief Wapachee was a highly respected and cherished member of the Cree Nation who served his people in different roles throughout his life. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the Cree Nation of Nemaska as they mourn his loss during these difficult times.  

The Cree Nation has now lost five Elders to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. They all contracted the virus outside Eeyou Istchee. We must all continue to practice physical distancing and other precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19,  as we wait for a vaccine to arrive in Eeyou Istchee. By following precautionary measures, we demonstrate our commitment to the vulnerable members of our community and our Elders, our most cherished resource for our culture, language and identity.

Wiichihiituwin Travel
 

This has been a challenging period for all clients and escorts who have to travel south for their medical appointments. We know people feel anxious about having to go away to receive much-needed medical care.

The Wiichihiituwin Department continues to make every effort to keep facilities and ground transportation in Val-d’Or and Montreal safe for clients and their escorts during their travels.

Clients and escorts who need additional support can call the COVID-19 Info-Line.

The Wiichiwaauwin Helpline is also available. It’s a 24/7 telephone service for mental health and social support, with counselling available in the Cree Language. Specialists with a traditional approach to healing are also accessible at that number.

COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign

The Cree Health Board is also working with Cree leadership and our public health partners to prepare for a COVID-19 vaccination campaign in the early New Year, after the holiday season, when a vaccine will become available to Eeyou Istchee. 

We know people have many questions about the new COVID-19 vaccines.

The Health Board and Cree Nation Government are planning a live Q&A event on Monday, January 4.

This will be a chance to answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, and explain how the vaccination campaign in Eeyou Istchee will take place.

Watch the Cree Health Board Facebook page this week, for more details about the live Q&;A livestream event on Monday, January 4.

If you have questions about the vaccine, the Cree Health Board has a Covid-19 info line with professionals to answer your questions or concerns about vaccination. 

Covid-19 SITUATION

Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in several regions of Quebec, neighbouring regions, Montreal, and areas of Ontario since the beginning of Christmas holidays. The situation remains very concerning. Hospitalizations are on the rise and high case numbers stress our health care system. 

Fortunately, there has been a significant decrease in traffic between Eeyou Istchee and neighbouring regions. People are staying home, and business is restricted to essential services. We know that people move the virus from place to place. The best thing we can do to protect ourselves and our communities during these times is to stay close to home and stay close to our loved ones.

People who must travel are asked to do the following:

• Limit their travel to what is necessary, and limit number of travellers when possible.
• Verify the rules and restrictions in place at their destination.
• Be extra careful at their destination.
• Be honest with people working at your community checkpoints.

Review of Map of Areas of Risk

Travel to and from areas of risk is not advised at this time. Travellers coming from these regions will be subject to local Mandatory 14-day Isolation Laws. 

 Anywhere outside Quebec – with some exceptions in Northern Ontario.
 Within Quebec:

-Region 1 –  Lower St-Lawrence
-Region 2 –  Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean
-Region 3 –  Quebec Capital
-Region 4 –  Mauricie and Centre du Québec
-Region 5 –  Estrie
-Region 6 –  Montreal
-Region 7 –  Outaouais(Gatineau)
-Region 9 –   North Shore
-Region 10 -  Radisson
-Region 11 – Gaspé and Magdalen Islands
-Region 12 – Chaudière-Appalaches
-Region 13 – Laval
-Region 14 – Lanaudière
-Region 15 – Laurentians
-Region 16 – Montérégie

 Within Eeyou Istchee:

-Any Hydro-Quebec site;
-Mining sites, with some exceptions
-Any forestry camp

In Chibougamau, new cases of COVID-19 continue to be reported, causing increasing concern. Chibougamau is now considered an area of risk if you are travelling to and from Whapmagoostui, Chisasibi, Wemindji, Eastmain and Waskaganish.

This means that if you are travelling between those communities and Chibougamau, you’ll have to self-isolate for 14 days when you return home.

Chibougamau however is not considered an area of risk for the communities of Mistissini, Ouje-Bougoumou, Waswanipi and Nemaska.

That means people can travel for essential services, including to the grocery store, pharmacy, to do banking and garage work, and receive medical care without the mandatory 14 days of self-isolation. 

Areas of Reduced Risk

This means travellers will NOT be subject to local Mandatory 14 Day Isolation Laws. They include:

 Region 8 – Abitibi-Témiscamingue
 Region 10 – Nord du Quebec (except for Radisson and Chibougamau)
 Region 17 – Nunavik
 Region 18 – Eeyou Istchee
 In Ontario: Sudbury, Porcupine and Timiskaming, and the municipalities of
Timmins, Moosonee and North Bay

The following work sites are also considered to have reduced risk:
 
 Windfall Mining Exploration Site of Osisko Mining Inc
 Renard Mine Site of Stornoway
 Éléonore Mine Site of Newmont

A reminder that you can call the Health Board’s Covid Info-Line if you have questions about planning your travel. 
 

Eeyou Istchee COVID-19 Info-line - Call or inbox @creehealth on Facebook. Leave your name & number.

Questions?

Eeyou Istchee COVID-19 Info-line - Call or inbox @creehealth on Facebook. Leave your name & number.

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