č̓ɛč̓ɛhatanapɛšt kʷ qʷaləp č̓ɛgatumoɬ. ʔukʷšt ʔot ǰɛǰɛʔənxʷɛgəs.
We thank you all for coming to help us. We are all related.
On behalf of Klahoose. Thank you to Cortes Island and beyond.
The Klahoose office is closed until January 4th, when we will be re-opening in some form. Even though we are needing rest and relaxation, sadly Covid19 does not stop for Christmas. Our emergency operations team is still active, scaled back somewhat, we continue to monitor the comings and goings on the reserve and encourage our members to stick to their household bubbles as much as possible. We have had no further Covid19+ confirmed cases in December. This is such great news, especially for Christmas Eve.
We must keep it up and stick to the provincial medical emergency guidelines, especially for our elders and the more vulnerable ones, but also out of respect for the frontline workers. Klahoose raises our hands to all the frontline essential workers, here at home, locally and all over the province and indeed the world this Christmas.
We feel so grateful to the services available to us, including support from the Manson’s Landing doctors, health clinic and medical team, the ambulance crew and other local health care providers.
On behalf of Klahoose, I would like to thank so many people who offered their support and donations to us. This came in many forms and every effort is deeply touching to our community, from the bundles of dry firewood, to the food deliveries, financial donations, your kind words and offers of support, accommodations, and so many different ways islanders and our extended community showed us their care and concern.
Big shout out of thanks to:
Twin Comm, the local wifi service provider. Wifi capacity was set up at our checkpoint as a donation. Respect for Dino Tsakonas and team for making this happen so swiftly and smoothly in our time of need. It has greatly helped our crew with safety and communications. In addition, Twin Comm will be giving a break to our reserve members and their data overage fees this month, which is a welcome relief. Thank you so very much. Very supportive indeed.
Tanya & The Women’s Center
Eric & Cortes Food Co-op
Andrea & Hollyhock
Tamara & Linnaea Farm
Brent & Cortes School
Bertha & Cortes Market
Squirrel Cove Store
Gorge Harbor Marina
Mary Clare & Bill Wheeler
John & Barb Vosper
Greg & Tamlyn Charbonneau
Kristen Scholfield Sweet
Doug & Naomi
Dr Stephanie Benson
Brennan MacDonald & FNHA support workers
Jeff Beselt & VIHA
Dr Charmaine Enns & North Island Public Health
Noba Anderson & SRD
Shaun Koopman & ESS
Erik Blaney & Naut’sa’mawt Tribal Council
Linda Solomon & The National Observer
*Rochelle Baker covered some stories from the Klahoose lockdown, also Odette Auger with Indiginews & Roy Hales from Cortes Currents.
Apologies for anyone forgotten here who lent their support to Klahoose during our response to Covid19+ cases in our community recently. Thank you.
We all did this together to stop the nightmare of the Covid19 pandemic becoming a real disaster for our island home. Let’s keep up the good work everybody and keep Dr Bonnie Henry’s mantra going:
Be Safe, Be Calm, Be Kind.