Secwepemc leaders: ‘Stay safe, stay healthy, stay connected’

Leaders of 16 First Nations set out priorities for surviving the coronavirus pandemic

Stay safe, stay healthy and stay connected are the wishes of the leaders of the Secwepemc Nation for their members during the pandemic.

Calling March 23 a significant action day, the 16 bands which make up the nation met to create plans for facing the coronavirus.

In the North Okanagan-Shuswap, those bands include Neskonlith, Adams Lake, Little Shuswap Lake and Splatsin.

A news release outlines the focus on wellness and safety of Secwepemc people amid the COVID-19 pandemic and state of emergency in Secwepemcúl’ecw and B.C.

“Leadership, health staff and other vital staff from Secwepemc communities gathered virtually to share the essential services that each community is undertaking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Secwepemcúl’ecw. It is the nation’s priority to work together to prepare for this pandemic, but most importantly be proactive,” states the release.

The measures being undertaken include effective messaging of COVID-19 precautions to all members and respective communities, but especially to youth.

Under five ways to stop the virus, strategies include: washing hands often, coughing into elbows, not touching faces, staying more than three feet apart and, if people are feeling sick, staying home.

Read more: Too much information? Here’s a compilation of details about Salmon Arm so far

Read more: Secwepemc knowledge-keeper’s contributions recognized by Province of B.C.

Read more: Comprehensive COVID-19 world update as of Monday afternoon, March 23

Other pieces of the plan include providing adequate and timely funding to support all nation members, as well as sharing resources between communities so none are left out.

They also include advocating for and securing access to all essential materials, protective measures and health care; implementing consistent and coordinated communication to actively resolve concerns as they arise; and ensuring food security for communities.

“The Kukukwpi7 request that our Nation members support one another during this very difficult time. It is important that we all take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities,” states the release. “Secwepemc Nation members stand to have considerable impacts on our most vulnerable Elders, immunocompromised and members with pre-existing and chronic health conditions. It is the duty of each of us to care for one another. It is not a time to panic, rather it is a time to act rationally for the strongest defence.”

The Secwepemc Kukukwpi7 (chiefs) asked that all of their members stay safe, stay healthy and stay connected.

The news release was signed by representatives of all 16 bands.


marthawickett@saobserver.net
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Silver Creek residents see aircraft dropping fire retardant in direction of Falkland

Wildfire BC says no fire, crews in two air tankers and a bird dog were just practising

Majority of Salmon Arm council votes yes to controversial rezoning

Mayor and one councillor say no based on possibility that creek might be altered

Letter: Unmasked faces plentiful at Salmon Arm stores

Writer concerned residents, businesses have reverted to “old normal” too soon

Hitchhiker with metal pipe prompts RCMP to close of Highway 1 near Salmon Arm

Police respond to report of man who pointed what was believed to be a rifle at passing driver

Recent surge in COVID-19 cases not unexpected amid Phase Three of reopening: B.C.’s top doc

Keep circles small, wear masks and be aware of symptoms, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

‘Resistance’ from Interior Health puts races in Penticton on hold

It’s unknown if races planned for this weekend at the Penticton Speedway will take place

Fundraiser kick-started for Vernon woman battling tongue cancer

Woman’s four-year-old twins are the driving force behind her fight

B.C. NDP changing WorkSafeBC regulations to respond to COVID-19

Employers say reclassifying coronavirus could be ‘ruinous’

Oliver Town Hall reopens to public as COVID-19 test comes back negative

Town Hall was closed briefly as a staff member showed multiple COVID-19 symptoms

Lake Country beachgoers reminded to maintain distance amid COVID-19

Signage, park rangers, park patrol students in place to monitor busy beaches in Central Okanagan

RCMP to investigate hate-motivated vandalism in Summerland

Swastikas and other graffiti spray painted on house and at bandshell

Statistical flaws led to B.C. wolf cull which didn’t save endangered caribou as estimated

Study finds statistical flaws in an influential 2019 report supporting a wolf cull

Baby raccoon rescued from 10-foot deep drainage pipe on Vancouver Island

‘Its cries were loud, pitiful and heartbreaking,’ Saanich animal control officer says

Most Read