IWS has been hard at work ensuring Metis Elders stay safe and entertained during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Once it became clear that our Metis citizens would need face masks, IWS jumped into action. IWS put out a call to all MMF staff and their families, asking for sewers to help make face masks. Soon after, we asked IWS members for assistance due to the high number of requests coming in after Minister Campbell’s announced the initiative on the MMF COVID-19 video update on April 24! Many elders isolated at home volunteered their time as it gave them something to do and a sense of accomplishment for their work.
IWS has collected homemade face masks for 3000 elders and 418 children, totaling 3418 sewn by seven MMF staff members and 10 Manitoba Metis Citizens. IWS has distributed over 2400 face masks to elders and families. Not only are they distributed in Elder Kits, but the IWS has been giving them to the MMF staff still working at the Home Office in Winnipeg. In addition, 240 graduates of the MMF across Manitoba received a facemask this past June.