EFN COVID-19 Response Suggestion Box
March 26 - August 31
As we prepare to minimize the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis upon Eabametoong, we have taken action on a number of fronts. We have prepared and will continue to develop an information and help request page. Our EFN COVID Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Health and Social Services Director and Staff are working very hard to prepare and implement local public health protocols, and you will hear further updates on the community radio as well as posted information packages regarding physical distancing, cleansing and self-isolation measures to follow.
In addition to some of the actions underway and listed below, we are looking to YOU for additional suggestions on how to prepare for and manage this crisis. While most of us are concerned about immediate food, supplies, and other items that will be required, we would also encourage you to provide suggestions on how the community could prepare for the potentially-lengthy impact of this virus (from weeks to months). We need your thoughts and suggestions. Since we cannot host large community meetings at this time, we are encouraging you to make suggestions and share your thoughts using this online comment form so all feedback is recorded – CLICK HERE
Meegwetch, STAY HOME and stay safe! We are all depending on each other to do our part!
Some of our first actions have included:
- 1) Direct interaction with Senior Federal and Provincial Officials to secure new funding to prepare for the coming weeks and months of this crisis;
2) Establishing an off-reserve response team and office in Thunder Bay, as we anticipate the impacts of COVID-19 to be experienced first by our off-reserve members.
3) We hired two (2) off-reserve response coordinators, Ron Missewace and Sid Okeese, to assist with preparations and member support initiatives in Thunder Bay;
4) Hiring a (1) local response coordinator, Waylon Atlookan, to centralize communications and ensure coordination across EFN departments
5) Our three new coordinators will be assisting with the purchasing and delivery of food and supplies to help meet the needs of our people during this time of crisis, and working across programs to maximize the use of resources
6) Identifying and coordinating EFN volunteers to help serve our members who are most at risk during this time;
7) Instituting a travel restriction on all non-essential travel to and from the community as of March 19, 2020.
8) Preparing a communications strategy to help keep membership informed of any vital information or services available. This is currently active through local radio and the ‘EFN COVID-19 Information and Community Response’ group on Facebook, and will be expanding over time as the strategy develops;
9) Establishing a local COVID-19 crisis management team to work with Chief and Council to ensure effective flow of information and consider adjusting and implementing crisis response measures over time;
10) Declaration of State of Emergency regarding COVID-19;
11) Development of an EFN COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency Response Plan with medical professionals and a community member working group;
12) Declaring the EFN COVID-19 Community Protection and Emergency Response Order. To further restrict access to the community, and institute community-based procedures and restrictions for staying home, household and self-isolation, physical distancing, and continuing to encourage our membership to spend time on the land harvesting and enjoying our land in a safe way.