Hello Kitsumkalum,

As we have entered a warmer period, I want to encourage you to be mindful of not only your own well-being, but also the well-being of those around you. If you notice someone has not left home or has been unusually quiet, don’t hesitate to reach out and ensure all is well. It is never the wrong decision to call 911 if you or someone you know needs help.

For all non-urgent needs, contact the Health Centre within Kitsumkalum at 250.635.6172 if you need a health care home visit. The Emergency Management Department will continue to monitor heat conditions, bringing in appropriate resources as needed.

Recognizing that many people remain in their homes during high heat periods, I have attached a directory to support Kitsumkalum virtually if so desired.

1. EmergencyInfoBC provides real-time emergency information online at emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca during partial and full-scale provincial emergencies in BC:

PreparedBC is British Columbia’s one stop shop for disaster readiness information. They provide information online at www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency[1]management/preparedbc and provide guides and resources for specific emergencies.

2. Virtual Health Supports:

Mental Health available 24-hours a day, seven days a week, regardless of where individuals reside in the province. KUU-US 24-Hour Crisis Line: 1-800-KUU-US17 (588-8717) Indian Residential School SurvivorsSociety: 1-800-721-0066 Tsow-Tun-Le-Lum 1-888-403-3123.

3. First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day:

Doctors are available seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to provide medical advice, prescriptions and referrals via Zoom video conference or phone. The service is culturally safe and open to all Indigenous people in BC and their family members. Call 1-855-344-3800 for an appointment. First Nations Virtual Substance Use & Psychiatry Service: This service requires a referral from a health and wellness provider, such as a doctor, nurse, mental health counsellor or traditional healer or the First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day. Specialists in addictions medicine and psychiatry are available weekdays to support individuals and family members with more complex mental health and addiction needs.

Stay cool & stay safe,

Joel Brousson

Emergency Program Coordinator

Kitsumkalum Band

Terrace, B.C.