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September 11, 2020 Emergency Operations Centre Provides Update on Tla’amin Nation COVID-19 Outbreak
Powell River, B.C. – The Regional Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is appealing for kindness and calm in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak in Tla’amin Nation.

On September 7, 2020, the Tla’amin Nation was made aware of a confirmed COVID-19 case. In response, the Tla’amin Nation activated a local Emergency Operations Centre and is working with provincial health authorities and the First Nations Health Authority to contain the spread of the virus.

Tla’amin Nation is taking strict and aggressive action to care for their community and the entire region. The Nation voluntarily issued a Shelter in Place Order for Tla’amin Nation residents and the Nation has restricted access to their community through a single roadway with checkpoints.

The Nation is currently conducting vigorous contact tracing and those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are self-isolating. These additional containment measures were put in place very quickly and will stay in place as long as necessary to protect the community and region. Tla’amin Nation members and other indigenous people in the qathet Regional District are reporting being subjected to racially motivated harassment at work, running errands, or while out in our communities. This is causing additional stress, anxiety and fear.

Now is not a time to be divided. Racially motivated bias and harassment have no place in our region. We ask that everyone support the Nation at this difficult time. We must treat each other with decency and respect. Please follow the words of Dr. Bonnie Henry, “Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe”.
For more information regarding the ongoing COVID-19 Outbreak at Tla’amin Nation, please visit:

https://www.tlaaminnation.com/category/COVID-19/. Supplemental information is available by visiting: qathet.ca and powellriver.ca.
CONTACT: Ryan Thoms, Manager of Emergency Services

202, 4675 Marine Avenue
Powell River, BC V8A 2L2

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September 11, 2020

Dear Hegus Williams:
We are deeply moved to hear of the outbreak of COVID-19 and the growing number of confirmed cases in the Tla’amin Nation. We offer our sympathies to the entire Nation, and wish those affected by the virus a healthy and speedy recovery.

We commend Tla’amin Nation for your impressive response to the COVID-19 situation that you find yourselves in. Your rapid containment measures are exemplary and your effort to remain transparent throughout this difficult time is admirable.

In the face of challenge and adversity, we have witnessed the Tla’amin Nation come together and show incredible leadership not only for your people but also for the entire region. As we continue to face this unprecedented COVID-19 disease, we are reminded that we are all in this together.

To that end, the Regional Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), which is for the preparedness and response to public calamities, is a collaboration between the City of Powell River, qathet Regional District and of course the Tla’amin Nation. We understand shouldering the heavy lifting as you address your Nation and protect them but please do not hesitate to tap into resources of the EOC that you are jointly invested in as well.

Our hearts go out to the Tla’amin Nation. As your neighbours and friends, we extend our gratitude and encouragement as you work through this unparalleled pandemic. Know that we are at your side; keeping the health of your Nation safe and guarding the adjacent community.

Patrick Brabazon,
qathet Regional District

CaroleAnn Leishman,
Powell River Regional Hospital District

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