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Covid vaccinations begin in Eeyou Istchee

BY Nation Editors Jan 16, 2021

We are fortunate to have collaborated with Cree Leadership, our neighbouring southern region, and to have had their full support from the beginning of this pandemic. Our joint efforts have led to good results over all and unfortunate losses of great people at the same time.

It would be an understatement to say that 2020 was a challenging and testing year. It has been a difficult year for all, and mental health as well as health in general has been tested to the max – especially for our health and social service workers, our clients and others on the frontlines this pandemic. 

We have to thank the rigorous teamwork of our professionals in public health, CMCs, community groups and Cree Leadership for the past 10 months.

The growing optimism for 2021, not only with the arrival of the Moderna vaccine in the territory, stems from our commitment to overcome this pandemic as a united Cree nation. With it brings a sense of new hope and belief that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The Cree Health Board is very grateful for the support the vaccine has received, and the will of the people to take it and to be part of the greater battle to end this pandemic.

As in any challenges our nation has faced, the majority of the people stand united. 

For that we say “thank you” to each and every one who has committed to take the vaccine. We encourage all within Region 18 to continue to follow all protocols to help bring an end to the coronavirus pandemic.

– Bertie Wapachee, Chairperson of the Cree Health Board

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Will Nicholls, Lyle Stewart & Martin Siberok are the editors of the Nation magazine.