COVID-19 Daily News Digest – November 24, 2020
Hockey legend Fred Sasakamoose hospitalized with COVID-19
According to the Sasakamoose “Chief Thunderstick” National Hockey Championship Facebook page, 86 year old Sasakamoose was admitted to a hospital in Saskatchewan with a presumed positive Nov. 20 and the test came back positive Nov. 22.
“It’s real, we have to be careful, we have to follow the orders of what the physicians tell us, what the professionals tell us. We have to follow them,” Neil said in the video. “No one wants to lose a family member to this. Like there’s a thousand ways to pass away but when it’s preventable, and this is preventable, we should do everything we can to prevent anyone from getting this.”
‘I get to build this great project’: Lac La Ronge treatment centre construction provides local employment
“The other thing that we look at is the long term sustainable employment that it will employ,” she said. “Right now we’re projecting just the starting will be $1.7 million in wages and benefits, with the employment that will be created.”
Senior Project Manager Kyle Krushelniski with March Consulting Associates Inc. says the building plans include space for 30 administrative staff and support services. He estimates 40 local jobs will be tied to the centre.
“Construction is planned to be completed by the end of November 2021,” he said. “We would expect the first intake of patients in the first quarter of 2022.”
Indigenous illustrator of new Marvel comic hopes Aboriginal women feel inspired
Since its launch last week, people from around the world, including many Indigenous youth, have contacted him about how much they appreciate the content he has brought to a mainstream platform, Charles says.
“I’ve even had young people reach out for advice,” Charles, surrounded by Marvel memorabilia and old comics, says in an interview in his home studio northwest of the city.
First Nations Major Projects Coalition Provides Capacity Support to the Clarke Lake Geothermal Project
FNMPC Vice Chair, Chief Corrina Leween, said “A huge piece of the COVID-19 Economic Recovery for BC is about First Nations taking charge of their economic, social and environmental futures. Clean energy is an important part of that process. In this case, the Fort Nelson First Nation has determined that one of Canada’s largest geothermal projects is a key piece of their economic and sustainability development plans. The Clarke Lake Geothermal Project is a game-changer project in an area of the province known more for its natural gas reserves than geothermal reserves. FNMPC supports economic sustainability for all its members and we are pleased to be working with Fort Nelson to help them advance the Clarke Lake Geothermal Project.”
Coronavirus: Conservatives slam alleged lack of data on Indigenous-specific outbreaks
Conservative MP Gary Vidal slammed the Liberals in the House of Commons on Monday over what he alleged was a lack of data collected by the federal government and federal health agencies on the specific state of COVID-19 outbreaks on Indigenous communities.
Turning the tide: addressing water rights in Indigenous communities
“During the pandemic, there are instances where many entities came together to find immediate solutions for this issue,” said Tsinnajinnie. “But we’re not too sure how sustainable these quick responses will be and we shouldn’t expect our community members to rely on hauling water. That’s why collaborations between institutions are so important.”
Navajo Nation President Nez: “Please tell your elders about the risks of COVID-19”
“Our public health experts advise against traveling and against holding in-person family gatherings with anyone that does not live within the same household. Please tell your elders about the risks of COVID-19. We know that it may be difficult for our elders to not welcome family and relatives into their homes, but the risks are far too dangerous at this point. Please help to inform them and perhaps post a sign outside of their home for them to let others know that they are not welcoming visitors at this time,” Nez said
Pandemic Perspectives: surviving on the street during COVID-19
I have always been extremely careful about who I talk to and who I was near. When you are on the street, you don’t want to get sick because there is no place for somebody like me to recover. It’s not that I don’t want to stand in line at a mission for a meal. It’s more about not wanting to get sick. Agape Table, Siloam Mission and Union Gospel all offer meals, but as many as 400 people could be standing outside or inside. So I don’t go there.
The greatest challenge for me is learning to coast with whatever the day brings. I had made friends with the library staff but now that’s closed. Finding a good spot to stay warm for the day before I head to camp to sleep is probably my biggest challenge now.