COVID-19 Updates


Membership Support Fund RE: COVID-19:

Self-Assessment Tool:

Self Monitoring, Self-Isolation and Isolation Information:

Resources & Statements Related to Breastfeeding:

Emergency Contact Phone Numbers

FIRE- Non- Emergency- # 250-342-3200

       Emergency – 911

POLICE – Non-Emergency –# 250-342-9292

       Emergency – 911

Invermere Medical Centre – # 250-342-9206
Chisel Peak Clinic- # 250-341-6901

COVID -19 Concerns – Call #1-888-268-4319

Text- #604-630-0300

BC Health Line – 811

CORIX- 24-hour line #1-855-244-7808

Regional District of East Kootenays 24/7 Emergency Line (Fire, Flood, etc.) – #250-489-9677

Kids Help Phone is:
TEXT:        686868 (24/7) anywhere in Canada
PHONE:    1-800-668-6868

LIVE CHAT:  (temporarily reduced hours from midnight to 7am, so they can accommodate the increase in calls and text)

Women’s Crisis Line –1-888-353-2273

Mental Health Crisis Line – 310-6789

Suicide Line- 1-800-784-2433

You are not alone…help is a call away!


March 20, 2020

Members of the Shuswap Indian Band

Greetings members of the Shuswap Indian Band,

This notice is to make you aware of the additional steps that are being taken by the Shuswap Indian Band leadership and operations to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our members, employees, associates and guests.

Measures taken to date include:

  1. All employee and leadership travel has been cancelled.
  2. All work-related meetings, gatherings, and events are to be cancelled or postponed unless the option is there to attend via teleconference or videoconference.
  3. Employees returning from out of the country have been directed to self-isolate for two weeks and work from home.
  4. Chief and Council have been participating in direct teleconference updates from the Federal and Provincial Governments as well as the regional emergency measures office.
  5. Chief and Council and Senior Management have prepared an emergency response plan that includes priority of essential/critical services.
  6. Visitors are restricted from entering the administration building.
  7. Staff have been directed to work remotely (from home). Given that our employee’s health, safety and well-being is a priority, we recognize that we need to provide our employees with alternative working arrangements to accommodate the need for self-isolation, childcare needs due to school closures and to minimize the potential spread of infection of the COVID-19 virus.  We all have an important part to play if we are to stop this virus from spreading.
  8. All staff are required to respond to calls and emails to ensure we remain available. The main office number to call for general information is: 250-341-3678 or email:
  9. Priority is given to ensure that the critical/essential services continue.  This includes the elderly and those who are at a higher level of health risk.

What does all this mean for Shuswap Band Members?

We are still available to answer your questions and assist where we can.  Although the way in which we serve our members has changed somewhat due to COVID-19, we are still connected with all of our staff and will do our best to meet your needs during this time.

The Director of Health, Danielle Armstrong is on-call for emergency purposes and can be reached on her cell at: 250-231-7805.  The Shuswap Indian Band website has the contact emails for each staff member. 

Our Mental Health Counsellor, Lori Stolson will be available for telephone sessions should you need emotional support.  She can be reached at: 250-432-9137.

We shall also be updating the website on information pertaining to COVID-19 but we highly recommend that you visit trusted websites such as:

First Nations Health Authority website:

Health Canada website:

How do I protect myself and my family?

We are reminding everyone to take the following measures, which can also protect against other respiratory illnesses such as influenza:

  • Frequent and thorough handwashing
  • Cover your mouth wish a tissue when coughing or sneezing.  As a last measure, sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow
  • Stay home when sick
  • Practice safe/social distancing

With your help we do our very best to keep one another safe.  On behalf of Council we send our very best to you and your families during this challenging time.

Kukwstsétsemc (Thank you)
Chief Barb Cote