This is a difficult time for the Saugeen Ojibway Nation. Even as the pandemic is seemingly receding, our communities are being challenged with COVID-19 cases that we have been able to avoid until now. We have an active case in CNUFN and in a video statement to the membership, Chief Lester Anoquot shared that SFN has also identified 13 active cases in the community. The SFN Council has decided to lock down their community to keep residents safe until the outbreak is under control.
In this delicate period, Chief Greg Nadjiwon asks that all community members remain vigilant and strictly adhere to pandemic safety protocols. Wear a facemask outside your home; wash your hands frequently; and keep your physical distance from people you don’t live with. Chief Nadjiwon asks that all community members avoid gathering unless absolutely necessary. Plans for Canada Day gatherings should be put on hold, especially those involving Saugeen First Nation at this time. We do not want to jeopardize our sister community by encouraging gatherings with SFN residents while they are in lockdown.
We know this is unwelcome news, but we need your help to keep our communities safe. If you haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 yet, please schedule your vaccination now. It is simply the best way to protect all our relations. Our next vaccination clinic will be Saturday, July 17.
Chief Greg Nadjiwon is dismayed, as are we all, by the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in SFN. Our hearts go out to the Saugeen First Nation, and to our own members that have been impacted. Our sincere hope is that the outbreaks in our communities are quickly and safely contained. Thank you for your constant strength and patience.