A Message from the President
It is during times like these that I am proud to be a part of the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association, working to advocate, advance equality and reduce disparities for the women and 2SLGBTQQIA people of Nova Scotia. As you navigate through our new website, I hope that you learn more about the programs and services that the NSNWA offers and what makes the NSNWA an outstanding provider of these services for our women and 2SLGBTQQIA people.
I am extremely proud of the hard work and determination the leadership and staff at NSNWA exhibit on a daily basis. Our website will showcase all of the great work we are doing and provide more understanding to the public of who we are and what we do. We will continue to keep our website up to date as this site will be our primary method of sharing public information about the NSNWA moving forward.
Welcome to our site!
On March 22, 2020, the Province of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The state of emergency has been extended until noon on May 31, 2020. Under The Health Protection Act all not-for-profit and for-profit businesses and organizations in Nova Scotia may continue to operate but must implement social distancing of two metres or six feet within these workplaces. If a not-for-profit business or organization carrying on business in Nova Scotia that cannot, due to its physical size, maintain the social distancing requirement set then they must limit the number of customers or clients on its premises to no more than 5 persons at a time.
The Nova Scotia Native Women’s Centre will remain closed until the public schools reopen in September. Essential staff may return to their office locations prior to September if the following can be adhered to:
- Cleaning – staff will be required to clean their work spaces twice a day following Nova Scotia guidelines which include:
- Washing with soapy water first and then disinfect using household cleaning products OR if cleaning products cannot be found a solution of 1-part bleach to 9 parts water. If disinfectant wipes cannot be found, then 70% alcohol will be used.
- All nonessential items will be removed from workplaces such as magazines, stuffed toys, nick knacks and other items that can’t be easily cleaned on a regular basis.
- Hand washing signs will be placed throughout buildings and alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be provided to staff to encourage frequent hand hygiene. As hand sanitizer is in short supply across the country the NSNWA will seek out hand sanitizing products from local breweries or essential oil representatives.
- Any employees, volunteers or clients who have travelled outside of Nova Scotia, are showing symptoms of Coronavirus, or were exposed to Coronavirus, will not be permitted to enter any NSNWA office and will be reminded of the requirement to self isolate for 14 days.
- Staff who have the Coronavirus, travelled and are required to self isolate, or are assisting family members affected by the Coronavirus will not be required to provide the NSNWA with a doctor’s note for medical leave time. NSNWA will work the employee on using all available paid leave time available to them and/or permit the employee to work from home.
- Staff and volunteers who return to work before September will be required to check their temperatures daily before entering any NSNWA premises and if there temperature is 37.8°C or greater or employees have the symptoms outlined below, they will not be permitted to enter the building.
- signs of fever
- cough (new or worsening)
- sore throat
- runny nose
- any new or worsening respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, runny nose or sneezing, nasal congestion, hoarse voice, sore throat or difficulty swallowing),
- any new onset of atypical symptoms including but not limited to chills, muscle aches, diarrhea, malaise or headache
- A maximum of 5 people will be permitted in any NSNWA premises at one only if they can maintain six feet apart at all times. While in the building people must always maintain the six feet (two meters) social distancing between themselves, employees and clients, if this distance cannot be maintained then employees are not permitted to return to work. The doors of NSNWA premises will remain locked at all times to prevent any unauthorized or accidental entry onto the premises.
- Staff members, clients and volunteers will sign in and out of the premises and provide contact information (one person will write down all information). Should anyone test positive for the Coronavirus this will ensure that the best possible information can quickly and easily be provided to public health.
- If staff or volunteers come into contact with clients at any time then a buffer zone of at least 2 metres between an employee and a client will be maintained with a physical barrier when possible, and all interactions will be kept short and if at all possible outdoor stations will be set up.