Tsawout Emergency Resource Page

Community Updates:

MARCH 30, 2020 – Simi Ono (Community Health Nurse)

Coping with COVID-19

Please see these additional resources regarding Coronvirus and COVID-19 as we continue to help community members with up to date information and help you stay safe & healthy.

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MARCH 24, 2020 – Message from Chief Nick Claxton to Tsawout Community Members:

ÍY, SȻÁĆEL HÁLE/Greetings all of my Tsawout family,

On behalf of Tsawout First Nation leadership, I wanted to reach out to our community.

If there was ever a time and need to acknowledge our Tsawout ancestry, this is the time.

Although we all may be scared and confused by this pandemic; we all need to be reminded we are all in this together, we are not alone.

Although health officials across this country are learning each day/hour how to respond to this virus; let’s not forget our elder’s teachings of being kind to each other, and to also remember the laws teachings and beliefs of our creator XÁLS.

Exercise social distance; do not be part of transferring or carrying the virus.

Tsawout First Nation Leadership is taking this covid-19 pandemic very seriously. Please be assured that we are thinking of our elders, infants/toddler‘s, community members at large and service providers. We are taking action to protect our community and also to provide emergency relief.

This pandemic is something that is new to each and every one of us. Please be assured we are taking every precaution for safety, while maintaining and providing essential services to all.

We request to each and all; take this virus seriously, it is actually taking lives.

  • We are doing what we can
  • We have closed our Tsawout Offices, with the exception of essential services to community.
  • We have provided 50.00 gift cards to each household, to help in purchasing cleaning supplies or for any other immediate or essential needs.
  • We are working at distributing food fish out to each home within the village.
  • We have also ordered cleaning supplies and hoping to distribute once delivered to Tsawout Administration.
  • We are closing our reserve to all outside visitors (other than essential/emergency services).
  • We are exploring any and all opportunities to provide food (hunting and fishing).
  • We are exploring other opportunities for obtaining and distributing food supplies.
  • We are exploring all opportunities for obtaining emergency funding and relief from Federal Government.
  • We are continuing to meet as a council virtually, to ensure we are doing everything we can.

National Health and Provincial Health authorities have requested, and I too echo the request to exercise social distancing; please stay home and only venture out when it is necessary.

These extreme measures and cautions are for each of our own safety.

I also want to thank those who are assisting, going house to house with deliveries, and to our Administration (Eva Wilson and Rob Mortin), who are continuing to work in office to ensure our essential services to community are carried out.

Stay home, wash your hands frequently, don’t touch your face, disinfect your homes.

We are a surviving people; and will get through this together.

Chief Nick Claxton

MARCH 23, 2020 – Simi Ono (Community Health Nurse)

Please see these additional resources regarding Coronvirus and COVID-19 as we continue to help community members with up to date information and help you stay safe & healthy.

MARCH 20, 2020 – Simi Ono (Community Health Nurse)

Think globally, act individually do your part in keeping community members safe and healthy

March 18, 2020 – Message from Lois Williams, Health Manager, Tsawout Health Department

The Tsawout First Nation Health Department and Administration staff are taking all precautions against COVID-19 and limiting risks of contacting the virus with respect to the vulnerable members of the community in mind. We are making sure to keep taking care of our elders and other members that need assistance with health care.

  • Please stop and remember to let the staff know if you have a cough, runny nose, and or fever.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use a sanitizer. Do not touch your face, nose and or mouth since the virus will enter your body through those areas.
  • Avoid public places as much as possible and stay home. We are closed to the general public as of March 17, 2020 until March 30, 2020.

The measures we need to take may change day by day, so the essential health staff will be available by phone. Please call the Health Receptionist Cathy Webster and she can transfer you to the Medical Office Assistant Andresa Liwagon at 250 652-1149 for a telephone consultation.

The Community Health Nurse Simi Ono, Licensed Practitioner, Nurse Katherine Sebastiano, Nurse Practitioner Kelly Sharp, and Homecare staff Iris Webster/Lisa Underwood will be on-site at the Tsawout Health Office as well. The other Health staff will be working from home until further notice.

Phil Mach is a clinical counsellor with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA). Phil will be available by phone due to the COVID-19 for counselling sessions during March 17, 24 and 31, 2020. Please call Phil at 778 584-1180 and or email him at phil.mach@fnha.ca.

Mathew Davydiuk has been facilitating the Men’s Group with Tabita Marks at Tsawout and he is available by phone at 250 634-3478 and email (outreachmtcmati@gmail.com).

Other contact information:

Kelly Sharp NP(F)
VIHA/Aboriginal Health
Serving the communities of TSAWOUT and Tseycum First Nations
Cell: 250-896-7852
Email: Kelly.sharp@viha.ca
7728 Tetayut Road
Saanichton, BC V8M 2E4

MOA: Andresa Liwagon, 250-652-1149, Ext 210
Confidential Fax: 778-351-0311
Lois Williams (Health Manager, Tsawout Health Department)

Additional Information from the First Nations Health Authority