Jukasa News Update – Monday, January 11, 2021
Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council says frontline workers at Ohsweken’s Iroquois Lodge have started to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as part of a program through Hamilton Health Sciences.
The council says Six Nations still is not administering vaccines to the general public and says they are working toward confirming a priority list and logistics for how to distribute the vaccine.
Members of the council are participial in provincial and federal table discussions around the vaccine roll out. The statement says the council will look to provide more updates this week.
Oneida Nation of the Thames has halting all community gatherings and imposed a curfew due to a massive outbreak in their community.
On January 10 the community of roughly 2200 band members has announced 22 new cases of COVID-19. That is a massive spike from the three cases previously reported on January 7.
Meanwhile an outbreak has also been declared at the Oneida Long Term Care Home among staff members. No residents were affected.
Oneida Elected Chief Adrian Chrisjohn says contact tracing shows the new cases are due to social gatherings held over the holidays.
Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council is calling on the province to rescind the appointment of former Premier Mike Harris to the Order of Ontario.
Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell announced Harris’ add to the Order of Ontario last Friday. That news has been met with outrage from many First Nations and those who best remember Harris for his role in the OPP raid ad shooting death of land defender Dudley George at Ipperwash in 1995.
Elected Chief Mark Hill called the appointment “tone deaf”.
Six Nations remains at the red alert level with 9 active cases of COVID-19 reported on Friday.
To date Six Nations has reported a total of 121 coronavirus infections including 1 death.
Communities across the province are now starting to see an expected rise in cases from holiday gatherings.
Ontario logged 3,945 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, along with 61 new virus-related deaths.
Premier Doug Ford warned in a pre recorded video posted to Twitter that “turbulent waters” are ahead in the fight against COVID-19 and says the health-care system is “on the brink” of being overwhelmed as cases of the novel coronavirus continue to soar.
The premier said vaccinations for the public at large likely won’t happen until April, May and June.
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