Greetings from my living room to yours!
It has been quite a week at Qalipu First Nation, and around the world. As details came to us about the COVID-19 pandemic, we responded accordingly. First, we postponed all scheduled public events and restricted staff travel. Then we took the additional step of closing our offices to outside traffic, we shut down the community rooms and closed our Council meeting. Finally, before the week was out, we found ourselves equipping staff to work from home, and making plans to continue the delivery of programs and services upon which our members rely.
We are still reeling from these changes, the stripping down of many of our relied upon routines, activities and social living.
The truth is, we are experiencing an unprecedented moment in our shared history and change can be difficult. However, the decisions we are making today demonstrate that we are willing to put the health of our communities above all else, and that is something of which we can all be proud.
I hope that we can stay connected in the weeks ahead before things return to normal. I encourage you to send in pictures and news of how you are finding ways of enjoying this time off the beaten path. We will share them in our weekly newsletter to help us all feel a little more connected and perhaps even inspired.
Chief Brendan Mitchell