Wet’suwet’en First Nation Pleads for Boosters as COVID Strikes Elders – The Tyee

In a region struggling with low vaccine uptake, small Indigenous communities are suffering the consequences.

A small northern B.C. First Nation is calling on the province to provide booster vaccines immediately as COVID-19 infections surge across the north.

The Wet’suwet’en First Nation, a community near Burns Lake that is part the Wet’suwet’en Nation and also a member of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, has lost four Elders and one younger community member in less than a year, says Chief Maureen Luggi.

They included Luggi’s mother, Hereditary Chief Nagwaohn (Sophie Ogen), who died Oct. 9 after testing positive for the illness. Since her mother’s death, Luggi said four additional matriarchs have tested positive in the tight-knit community of about 250 people, who live both on and off reserve.

Read More: https://thetyee.ca/News/2021/10/26/Wetsuweten-First-Nation-Pleads-Boosters-COVID-Strikes-Elders/

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