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We respectfully acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) People first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources, but instead recognized Mi’kmaw and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.
From Paul Ash, Regional Executive Director of SSRCE:
On September 14th, Health and Wellness Minister Michelle Thompson and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced that Nova Scotia will not be moving to Phase 5 of its reopening plan until October 4.
As part of today’s announcement, masks will continue to be required for anyone in a school building or on a school bus until October 12. As we currently do, masks may be removed when eating and drinking, participating in physical activity, playing an instrument, and during mask breaks when appropriately distanced from others. Schools will spend time the week prior to October 12 helping children, students, and families plan to successfully transition to masking being optional.
This decision is based on current epidemiology around the fourth wave of COVID-19 and advice from Public Health and pediatricians at the IWK Health Centre. Dr. Strang has stated that schools remain safe places for students and staff. The SSRCE continues to follow Public Health direction as outlined in Nova Scotia’s Back to School Plan.
In addition, it was also announced that starting on October 4, people who are 12 and older will need to provide proof of full vaccination to participate in most events and activities that bring groups of people together. While the policy is not yet final, it is expected this policy will apply to our schools as follows:
Families can expect to receive more information in the coming weeks as the policy is finalized.
Here is the September 2021 community newsletter: drive.google.com/file/d/1pAU3W8OQ56vrd_Vbqqq-Cd4Su9Pwak1I/view?usp=sharing