Dear Tla’amin Citizens,
As the Guardian of the Qamɛs ʔəms tala Tla’amin Settlement Trust (the “Trust”), I announce the decision of the Trustees to postpone indefinitely the Tla’amin Community Trust Meeting that was scheduled for Saturday, September 12, 2020, due to the impact of COVID-19 in your community. The Trustees hope to be able to convene Tla’amin Community Trust Meeting this year. I support this decision of the Trustees.
At this time, the Tla’amin Nation and its citizens must be focused on efforts and measures to mitigate COVID-19. Although the Tla’amin Community Trust Meeting was intended to be a virtual meeting, we do
not want to encourage citizens to come together for any purpose, including coming together to share computers to participate in a zoom meeting. Citizens must be committed to social distancing and isolation.
In addition, it would not be appropriate for the Trustees to carry on with the Tla’amin Community Trust Meeting while there are citizens who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are dealing with health issues.
Our business can wait until citizens and their families are healthy again.
I want to provide a quick update about the Trust. As of July 31, 2020, the total value of the Trust was $27.471 million. Despite the significant impact of COVID-19 on the global economy, the value of Trust’s investment
portfolio has almost recovered fully. If you want further information about the Trust and the performance of its investments, please do not hesitate to contact the Trustees or me at your convenience. I point out that my written report dated September 8, 2020, to the Tla’amin Community Trust Meeting is available.
In closing, I wish you strength and offer my prayers to your community during this difficult time. Take care of yourselves and your families.
Daryn R. Leas