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Dear Neighbour,

Former Senator, Justice, and Chair of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission Murray “Murr” Sinclair has equated the path to reconciliation as getting to the top of a mountain. The paths are marked and described, there are easy routes and tougher ones, but only the tough ones will get you to the top. The clear plans our provincial government has laid out, including the implementation of United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP), are steps in the right direction. Even with this roadmap, there are still many long and difficult paths we must take as a province and country to acknowledging our colonial past and guiding ourselves towards reconciliation.
  
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a day of reflection, understanding and growth for us all. The ongoing discoveries of unmarked graves in residential school sites serve as a painful reminder of generations of colonial policies that only ended recently. Although the residential school system has ended, there are other policies we need to address and learn from in order to truly undo the trauma inflicted by colonialism. These will not be easy paths to take, but they are ones we all must walk together to heal.

September 30th is also Orange Shirt Day.  
I highly recommend listening to the interview of Murray Sinclair on CBC's Unreserved. An article and a link to the interview can be found here

As always, if you have questions or need any assistance with provincial COVID-19 supports, want your vaccine cards printed out and laminated, or any other provincial issue, please reach out. My office can be reached at 604-984-9859 or by emailing us at susie.chant.mla@leg.bc.ca. 

Sincerely,       
Susie  

Get your Vaccine Cards Laminated!

If you need help with getting your vaccine card printed up, please contact us at the office. We are able to print them up for you and laminate them in the process. 

From Nursing Leaders to Rookie MLAs

I love this picture of Harwinder Sandhu (MLA for Vernon-Monashee), and me! We are both first-time MLAs and nurses. We were interviewed for the BC Nurses Union's (BCNU) Update magazine about what it was like transitioning from nursing to working as MLAs. If you want to read the article, go to page 28 of the BCNU's Update magazine here:
Girl Guide Cookies!
The office has Girl Guide cookies for sale. The cost is $5 a box, with all money raised going to a good cause.

Meet and greet and ask me anything at the library!

From October through to December, I will be having chats at the Parkgate and the Lynn Valley libraries. It is a time to ask me anything and for us to get to know each other. Masks are required at these chats. I have tried to make the times as convenient as possible for as many people as possible, so I will be available during the daytime as well as the evening. I hope to see you there!
Office Hours
Our office is open from 10 till 5 PM on Monday and Friday, and from 9 AM till 5 PM Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The office is closed for lunch from noon till 1 PM. Because of the nature of our work, sometimes we may be closed for meetings, or we may be out of office to attend events, so it is best to call ahead. Our phone number is 604 983 9859. 
Our new sign is finally up and looking good. The office is located in Lynn Valley Village, right above the Vancity!

COVID-19 Drop-in clinic

Drop-ins continue to be welcome at all Vancouver Coastal Health clinics on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on your eligibility and vaccine availability. People 12 and older are eligible to be vaccinated, and you are eligible for a second dose at 28 days after your first dose. The closest clinic is at:
  • ICBC Claim Centre
    255 Lloyd Ave., North Vancouver, October 1 - 3,
    from 9 AM till 7 PM. 
Getting vaccinated is one of the best things that you can do to keep your family, your loved ones, and yourself safe from COVID-19. In BC, 90% of the people in critical care due to COVID-19 were not fully vaccinated. If you haven't already, please get yourself vaccinated. 

Permanent Paid Sick Leave

Have you say in the process with the Phase 2: Options Paper now posted for the public until October 25, 2021. Click here to read about the options, and voice your opinions and concerns regarding permanent paid sick leave for BC workers. 

British Columbia Youth Parliament applications now being accepted
 

The British Columbia Youth Parliament’s 93rd Parliament will hold its parliamentary session in Victoria at the Provincial Legislative Chambers from December 27 to 31, 2021.  This year, we require that all participants be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Youth Parliament is a province-wide non-partisan organization for young people ages 16 to 21. It teaches citizenship skills through participation in the December parliamentary session and in community service activities throughout the year. Youth Parliament is a one-year commitment.

If you or anyone you know might be interested in learning about Youth Parliament, please check out the website or contact the office for more information. 

All application forms must be received by October 26, 2021. Selected applicants will be notified by mid-November.
This image is from Meet Mr. Coyote, a collection of drawings made by students at St. George’s Indian Residential School in Lytton. This drawing was made by Jimmy Johnson.The book Meet Mr. Coyote was published by the Victoria Branch of the Society for the Furtherance of BC Tribal Arts and Crafts. For more about the book, visit The Story Is More Than Itself: Narratives of Indigenous Empowerment.
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COVID Resources:       

·         For medical info, visit covid-19.bccdc.ca or call 811    

·         For vaccination info, visit this page. 

·         For the Restart Plan, visit this page

·         For financial supports for people and businesses, visit this page.    

·         For PHO orders and guidance, visit this page.

·         For the latest wildfire information, visit this page.  

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I gratefully acknowledge the opportunity to

live,
work,
and learn

on the unceded territories of the
sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish)
and
sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh)
Nations. 

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