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On BC’s Coast, Indigenous Communities Are Locking Down –

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 202049 Views

‘We see it coming across the way, and that’s why we’re taking action.’

When Vern Brown and his partner Santana Edgar welcome a new baby girl into these novel times in the next few weeks, one worry is when they’ll be able to get home to share their joy with family and friends.

Brown, 34, and Edgar, 30, are comfortably battened down in the Black Rooster Inn in Prince Rupert, on British Columbia’s north coast, after doing what so many expectant young First Nations families are forced to do: they left their isolated home fully a month before Santana’s due date, for the security of a larger centre with a fully equipped hospital in plenty of time for when their baby arrives.

With a due date of April 22, the couple boarded the Northern Expedition ferry from Klemtu, a small village (pop. 319) on British Columbia’s central coast, on March 22, for a 12-hour overnight journey north. “We’re just praying for a healthy baby and to be able to get her home as soon as possible.”

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