(Unceded Territory of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, Oct. 22, 2021) Carrier Sekani Tribal Council supports Wet’suwet’en First Nation in its call on B.C.’s Ministry of Health and the Northern Health Authority to immediately begin administering COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to eligible members of the community.
Wet’suwet’en First Nation is facing immense grief with the COVID-19 deaths of two of its members in fewer than two weeks and four Wet’suwet’en elders now testing positive for the Delta variant of COVID-19.
“We grieve these losses with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation and we are standing together in this fight for adequate health care, knowing full well that when an elder or any community member is lost to this virus, it has deep, lasting impacts on the entire community,” says CSTC Director and Saik’uz Chief Priscilla Mueller.
“It is unacceptable that Wet’suwet’en and other First Nations communities cannot expect to receive boosters of the life-saving vaccine until next year when the need for this health care is urgent.”
CSTC urges the Minister of Health and the Northern Health Authority to adequately provide the care needed to protect the member nations of the Tribal Council and to immediately deliver COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to the communities and the vulnerable members within them.
Priscilla Mueller, Chief, Saik’uz First Nation/Director, Carrier Sekani Tribal Council; firstname.lastname@example.org, 250-567-9293
Audrey McKinnon, Communications Officer, Carrier Sekani Tribal Council; email@example.com, 250-617-3862