March 22, 2020
I would like to thank everyone for their continued patience and support as I know many of you are anxious to hear how Aseniwuche Winewak Nation is responding to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). As the Government continues to issue updates and the media reports new information every day, we become increasingly aware of the threat of community transmission. AWN acknowledges that urgent action is required to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We have postponed all future AWN events and gatherings until further notice. Our offices remain open but we kindly ask anyone needing to visit AWN, AEC, the Tawow Centre or Career Resource Centre to please call ahead to make an appointment.
Like other Indigenous communities, we represent a vulnerable population with unique issues and concerns. Low-income households struggle to support their families and are unable to stock up on supplies. Some of our community members do not have access to transportation to purchase essentials. Many of our community members are caregivers worried about the health and safety of the elderly and young. Although we are challenged by limited resources and capacity, AWN has been exploring ways to support the most vulnerable in our communities to make sure members are safe.
Members, as well as members of the greater community, are recommended to avoid visiting with anyone outside their immediate household, public places and non-essential travel. Please avoid spreading panic and rumours. Collectively, we can keep COVID-19 from affecting us, our families and our communities. Everyone has a role to play. We are all in this together. Although we are a resilient People, we must remind ourselves we are not invincible. We must take this virus seriously as it is incredibly dangerous.
I believe that we will look back on this global pandemic as one of the greatest challenges of our time. During this time of uncertainty, I strongly urge all our community members to remain as calm as possible. It’s normal to fear the unknown. Many of us will search for answers and seek direction. Please follow the advice of government officials, professional health experts and our spiritual leaders. Find strength and clarity in our prayers and utilize our traditional medicines. I’d like to remind everybody about the Indigenous call for a National Day of Prayer on Monday, March 23, 2020. Please make time to pray for people who are sick and those that need support.
I am reminded that our community history has been forged by people coming together to work as one, combining efforts with a focus on a common goal. As we move forward, I am committed to provide updates as new information becomes available.
President, Aseniwuche Winewak Nation
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