Page Updated July 8, 2020
Lheidli T’enneh Chief and Council have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Prince George National Indigenous People’s Day (NIPD) celebration on Sunday, June 21. The annual event has been a fixture for many years in Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park and brings together indigenous people from many nations and communities in Central BC. The NIPD celebration is also appreciated by many non-indigenous people and organizations which work with the Lheidli T’enneh.
Dayi Clay Poutney said “Despite BC entering Phase 2 of the BC Restart Plan, large gatherings of people are still not supported by public health officials. BC has done very well in slowing the spread of Covid-19 and it makes sense to continue with that strategy while we all enjoy restaurants and other services re-opening with safe-distance and other safety guidelines. While Council had to make the tough decision to cancel this year’s Prince George NIPD celebration, I know our members and other indigenous people in our territory will find a way to celebrate our history, heritage and culture in new ways and in smaller groups. The safety of our members and everyone else in our territory continues to be our top priority and if cancelling our NIPD celebration this year can help us achieve this objective, then it makes good sense.”
To all registered members,
On April 1, 2020, in a duly convened Council meeting, Chief and Council discussed and approved emergency financial aid as a result of the hardships caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic to be provided to each registered Band members 18 years and older to the amount of $100.00 per application.
Indigenous Service Canada has provided all First nations communities in Canada emergency financial aid on a per capita basis, in turn, your Council decided this method would be the easiest and quickest method to assist Band members.
We ask for your patience while administration plans, coordinates this process to ensure each registered member has access to this funding.
The general requirements will be as follows;
Chief and Council provide this assistance according to the emergency financial aid criteria issued through Indigenous Service Canada through the Indigenous Community Support Fund for fiscal year 2020-2021.
- Lheidli T’enneh Chief and Council