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Jukasa News Update – Friday, December 11, 2020


If you headed to Six Nations from a grey or red zone — don’t. That is the request from the Six Nations Emergency Control Group who issued a public statement this week, asking travellers to avoid visiting the community due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The ECG expresses concerns for community members, especially this time of year as many travellers from regions currently in red or grey zones may be planning a visit to Six Nations for cigarettes, gas and crafts” said the statement.
“Due to our community’s social determinants of health such as lack of clean drinking water, overcrowded housing and underlying health concerns to name a few, we are kindly asking travellers coming from communities with high transmission rates of COVID to please do not visit at this time.” Said Elected Chief Mark Hill.
The community was shut down for weeks in early 2020 as pandemic restrictions were put in place to guarantee community safety.

The final community information sessions for the Six Nations Internet Towers Project will carry on through December.
Six Nations will be building three new internet towers to provide Wifi services to the community.
There are 4 more information session members can plan to attend on
December 7th at 12PM, December 10th at 12PM, December 15th at 5PM and December 17th at 5PM.
To register for the next session please email

A long-awaited vaccine for Covid-19 is set to be delivered to Canada by the end of this month, with vulnerable populations, including Indigenous populations, among the first to receive doses of the first batch of the vaccine.
Six Nations Elected Councillor Nathan Wright said during Tuesday’s General Council meeting that there are 40,000 doses earmarked for Ontario’s 133 First Nations.
The vaccine, developed by pharmeceutical company Pfizer, is being hailed as a game changer in the fight against Covid-19 with a reported 95% effectiveness rate in warding off the illness.
Wright said those vaccines must be cold stored and can only be transported once, presenting some concern for remote First Nation communities.

COOVID-19 infections decreased in Brantford-Brant last week with 53 active cases confirmed.
COVID-19 outbreaks at Peace Haven Home, Penmarvian Retirement Home and Community Living Brant were declared over the past week with all residents being tested this week.
Outbreaks at Unit B-5 at Brantford General Hospital was declared over on December 3. 
The COVID-19 outbreak at The Olde School Restaurant was declared over on December 4, and an outbreak at a Manufacturing/Industrial workplace was declared over on December 8. 
Acting Medical Officer of Health for BCHU Dr. Elizabeth Urbantke said, “It is also strongly recommended that workplaces do not have in-person workplace holiday gatherings or events, particularly if face coverings must be removed to eat or drink. We’ve seen provincially that COVID-19 transmission and outbreaks have occurred at these types of events. Virtual gatherings or events are the safest way to celebrate the holidays with co-workers.”

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