Letter from SCOI President


SCOI has learned that on March 24, 2020, the Band Council declared a State of Emergency on Saugeen First Nation, similar to the actions of many other municipalities in Ontario. Part of the Declaration includes a strong request that cottagers not go to their property until the State of Emergency is lifted. There is no indication of how long the State of Emergency will last.

SCOI supports this declaration by the Band Council and congratulates Chief Anoquot and the Band Council for their clear and direct action.

We ask all members of SCOI and all lessees to respect and abide by the Declaration. Please DO NOT go to your cottage until the State of Emergency has been lifted.

We understand that the State of Emergency will be enforced by Camcon Security.

We also recognize that there are cottagers who have returned to Canada and have arrived much earlier than they intended. According to our lease, the earliest date lessees can be in their cottage is April 21 (ten days in the month of April prior to May 1).  Some cottagers use their cottage as their permanent Canadian address and have no other place to live in Canada.

Update March 27, 2020

Alternatively, cottagers with no Canadian home can contact Kirk Roote by email: kirk.roote@saugeen.org

SCOI contacted Chief Anoquot, who responded almost immediately,  “We can deal with those cottagers on a case by case basis.  So long as we all work toward stopping this virus.”

We agree and will support Chief Anoquot and the Band Council to protect the safety of the whole community. We ask that Cottage owners, with nowhere else to go, register with the Band by leaving a message on the Lands Management office phone (519-797-3039).  Band offices are closed but messages are being picked up periodically.

Please also be aware that the requirement of Dr. Ian Arra, the Medical Officer of Health for Grey Bruce, is that new arrivals MUST self-isolate for fourteen days, not go out for any reason and practice social distancing by maintaining a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from others. If we can all do this, we can level the curve of COVID-19. More information about COVID-19 can be found here.

Fretz’s Valu Mart in Sauble Beach is open limited hours and will deliver groceries using community volunteers. Store pickup is also an option if you are not self-isolating. Their phone number is 519-422-1641.

We will keep you updated about any further developments.

Stay home, stay healthy, stay safe, stay at a safe distance and wash your hands.

David Shearman
President,  Saugeen Cottagers Organization Inc.