With heavy hearts, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne extends our deepest condolences and sympathies to the community of Six Nations/Ohsweken as they have recently lost a community member due to complications of COVID-19.

Six Nations first case of COVID-19 was confirmed on March 28. Currently, there are eight confirmed cases in the Six Nations Territory.

Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Grand Chief Abram Benedict stated, “During this ongoing pandemic, it is particularly difficult to lose a loved one. Normally in these tragic loss situations, we are surrounded by our loved ones as we celebrate the lives of those who have left us. Family and friends help with our grief and give us comfort in moving forward. Now, communities need more strength than ever because we need to maintain physical distance from each other while still finding ways to continue supporting one another during these difficult times.”

Although it is incredibly challenging, it is of utmost importance to continue practicing social distancing, even during the loss of a loved one. We want to ensure that our communities do not have a large number of COVID-19 cases or fatalities, and the best way to reduce the spread is to social distance.

Six Nations and the families directly affected by the loss of a loved one are in the hearts and minds of the people of Akwesasne.