A WEEK OF GRATITUDE FROM UNIFIED COMMAND
May 14, 2020
Tllga ḵyahts’as X̱aaydagaay sG̱aawdagii dang G̱aa hll kil ‘laa ga • Skyaana ‘leeylang ahl kil ‘laagang • Thank you to the watchmen
Since the Coronavirus was declared a pandemic, All-Island leaders have been working together to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.
Community members and supporters have stepped up to keep our communities safe at checkpoints put in place by the Old Massett Village Council and Skidegate Band Council. These checkpoints are located at the entrances to HlGaagilda Skidegate, Tlaga Gaawtlaas New Town, Gaw Tlagee Old Massett, and Hiellen Village. Haida Nation Point of Entry Checkpoints have also been established to monitor the arrival and departure of traffic to Haida Gwaii (for example, the ferry).
We express deep gratitude to the people of Haida Gwaii who are working at these checkpoints all hours of the day and night. Your presence is helping to keep our communities safe. It is so reassuring to know that you are watching out for our collective health and safety.
Unified Command would like to say haawa • haw’aa • thank you to EOC and Haida Nation checkpoint staff for spreading life-saving information about the local states of emergency and the Haida Nation’s emergency measures.
Haida Gwaii is committed to a collaborative, community-centered response to COVID-19. A Unified Command (UC) was established to ensure all communities are coordinated and involved in local and collective responses. UC includes representatives from the Council of the Haida Nation and each Emergency Operations Centre (EOC). Skidegate and Old Massett, the North Coast Regional District, as well as the Villages of Queen Charlotte, Port Clements, and Masset all have EOCs.