Community Notice – Chief & Council Letter to Community (2020.05.08)

To: All Community Members and Residents

CC: SVDN Health Center, SVDN Emergency Response Commander

Date: May 8, 2020


Sioux Valley Dakota Nation Chief and Council along with the health department staff and Incident Command have been having an ongoing discussion of prevention measures for COVID-19 within our Nation. As many of you are aware, the Chief and Council have instituted a travel precaution based on the ongoing threat outside our Nation.

Following several confirmed media releases, we can conclude with certainty COVID-19 is present outside of facility-based environments. As in the instance of Brandon, Manitoba, this is to say the virus is very much present in the community setting.

Please keep in mind we remain in a “state of emergency” and the Manitoba public health orders are still in effect. We stress the importance of taking precautions:

  • AVOID unnecessary travel;
  • PRACTICE social distancing;
  • LIMIT gatherings;
  • CONTINUE to wash your hands frequently;
  • AVOID shaking hands;
  • PRACTICE sough and sneeze etiquette ( cough or sneeze into your sleeve);
  • REPORT symptoms (i.e cough, fever, runny nose, shortness of breath, diarrhea) promptly.

Please assist us in following the preventative measures COVID-19 to ensure the safety and wellness of our community,

Chief Jennifer Bone

Councillor Elton Taylor

Councillor Anthony D. Tacan

Councillor Jamie Hall