Vancouver Island mayor rebukes ‘vile,’ racist response to COVID-19 cases in First Nation – News 1130

Jan 10, 2021

NORTH COWICHAN (NEWS 1130) — A Vancouver Island Mayor is condemning the “vile” and “racist” response — both online and off — to COVID-19 cases among members of the Cowichan Tribes First Nation.

Al Siebring, mayor of the District Municipality of North Cowichan, took to Facebook to censure people in the community saying, “I’ve been extremely concerned with some of the posts I’ve been seeing in the past few days with respect to the COVID outbreak among the Cowichan Tribes community. Ok… I’m beyond ‘extremely concerned.’ I’m disappointed. And I’m pissed off.”

A shelter-in-place order was issued last Wednesday by Cowichan Tribes Chief and Council after 23 cases were identified. The nation has about 5,000 members, about half of whom live on reserve. By Sunday, 45 cases had been reported.

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