Cowichan Tribes has built six self-contained isolation units to provide a safe and comfortable space for members to isolate due to COVID-19, thanks to a $648,000 grant from the First Nations Health Authority.
The initiative is meant for band members who are unable to isolate at home due to challenging living conditions, such as multiple family units in smaller spaces or overcrowding.
“Knowing the importance of nature in the healing process, these units are nestled amongst trees, away from noise and distractions,” said health director Marnie Elliott.
“Our project team worked hard to keep the vegetation on site and provide a calming environment.”
The open concept units are each approximately 163-square feet and include a bed, kitchenette, washroom and covered front porch.
Individuals in isolation receive a food hamper and other supports needed to isolate.
“The units also provide a safe space for youth transitioning out of care who have nowhere to go,” said Elliott.
“With many youths feeling unsupported and alone once they age out of care, our goal is to have the youth know they’re an important part of the community. They are loved and we are here to support them.”
Once the pandemic is less of a concern, these units will be fully operated by Lalum’utul’ Smun’eem, continuing to provide a healing space.