RADIO SCRIPT: May 08, 2020: Update from Qikiqtani Inuit Association
I am your Community Director/Community Liaison Officer for the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.
Many of you have heard the great news that Nunavut has no cases of COVID-19.
We are grateful for the Department of Health rapid response team. They went to Pond Inlet to investigate the COVID-19 case.
Thanks to their hard work, it was discovered that it was a false positive.
Following this news, it is important to continue with the other measures that the health authorities are recommending.
Make sure to wash your hands often, Keep your distance from others, stay at home as much as possible.
Many of you have also heard that the Government of Nunavut has changed its decision about individuals having to pay for their own mandatory self-isolation when returning to Nunavut.
On Wednesday they announced that they would continue to cover costs for Nunavut residents who are required to self-isolate for 14 days before returning to the territory.
Premier Savikataaq and other government officials are asking Nunavummiut to not travel if possible at this time. They want Nunavummiut to only travel if absolutely necessary.
QIA’s Emergency COVID-19 programs continue to provide support to all Qikiqtani communities.
Qikiqtani Inuit can apply for our Emergency Harvester Initiative to social distance on-the-land. This program is available until June 30th.
Inuit over the age of 60 can also get the Elders Grocery Voucher to buy household necessities. All Qikiqtani Elders who are registered with Nunavut Tunngavik are automatically enrolled in this program. The next distribution of this benefit will be available on May 12.
For more information on our programs please email: COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org or call: 1-867-975-8383.
It is with heavy hearts that we announced the passing of our beloved Community Director for Igloolik, Johnny Malaiya Kublu.
His strong leadership and passion to preserve traditional knowledge made a difference for all Qikiqtani Inuit.
QIA extends condolences to his family, friends and community members.
In conclusion, PLEASE REMEMBER . . . to minimize the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often
- cough and sneezing into your elbow
- Practice social distancing
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Disinfect all surfaces with bleach
We are stronger together:
- Share love
- Protect the vulnerable
- Support your community
If you can, check-up on Elders or vulnerable friends or family members who may need help.
Call them, leave country food and supplies for them at the door, but DO NOT VISIT.
Please visit our website at qia.ca for more information and daily updates.
You can also get the latest news and updates from our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Thank you very much for your time. Have a good day and stay safe.