RADIO SCRIPT: May 27, 2020: Update from your QIA Community Liaison Officer or Community Director
I am your Community Director/Community Liaison Officer for the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.
Many of you have heard the news that Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer is easing some COVID-19 related restrictions as of June 1.
As of Monday, June 1:
- Daycares are opening in Nunavut
- Territorial parks are opening
- Public playgrounds are opening
- Gathering outside are allowed for small groups of up to 25 people
- You must make sure to continue to maintain social distancing
- Indoor gatherings are still limited to five (5) people
Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer has also identified in-territory travel between Nunavut Communities to be low risk.
As such, QIA’s Compassionate Bereavement Program will be accessible again to Qikiqtani Inuit as of June 1.
The program will be accessible for travel within Nunavut only for the purposes of bereavement and compassionate care.
Travel to and from the south will not be considered for funding from QIA’s Compassionate Bereavement Program until further notice.
You can access QIA’s Compassionate Bereavement Program by calling 867-222-1992.
QIA is practicing social distancing and will only process applications for the compassionate bereavement programs via phone.
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 vouchers were distributed on Wednesday this week.
For more information on our programs please email: COVIDemail@example.com or call: 1-867-975-8383.
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.
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.