Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor worked long and hard for Penelakut Island to receive mail service. (Photo by Bernard Thibodeau)

Direct mail delivery to Penelakut Island a big benefit for residents

Service that started in mid-March has especially been appreciated since pandemic restrictions

Regular mail service to Penelakut Island that started around the same time as COVID-19 restrictions in mid-March has been a godsend for the Penelakut Tribe.

“It saves people having to go to the other side for the mail,” said Administrator Jim Chisholm. “Alistair MacGregor was a big, big help in getting us that mail service. He gets things done.”

MacGregor, the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP, first became involved in February of 2018 when the matter was brought to the attention of his office by a constituent.

The following month, a letter was sent to the Minister of Public Service and Procurement, and the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs on behalf of the Penelakut First Nation.

In July of 2018, the Minister of Public Service and Procurement, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, replied to MacGregor’s letter, mentioning she had forwarded his concerns to the management team at Canada Post and they would be contacting the Penelakut First Nation.

MacGregor received a letter in November of 2018 from Canada Post offering its support and direct contact information, which was forwarded to the Penelakut office. No further correspondence was received after that by his office before service began in March.

“After several years and multiple conversations with concerned constituents from Chemainus, government officials, as well as Penelakut Tribe members, I am pleased to learn that the postal needs of Penelakut Island residents will be adequately addressed,” MacGregor noted. “

This issue demonstrates that through community involvement and activism, real change can be achieved.”

“We get mail delivery daily and it’s wonderful,” said Chisholm. “It saves people having to go over to Chemainus to get their mail.”

Most Penelakut residents had boxes in Chemainus on Croft Street, a short walk from the ferry terminal, but it’s obviously much better to have it brought to their fingertips.

“It’s been a very smooth transition,” said Chisholm.

A bank of boxes is located at the band office and people have their own individual mail keys.

Canada PostFirst Nations

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

New mailboxes on Penelakut Island for Penelakut Tribe residents, who no longer need to take the ferry to Chemainus to receive mail. (Photo courtesy of Jim Chisholm)

Just Posted

Shady Lady: legendary Catalina touches down on Cowichan Lake

Two flying boats test the waters west of Youbou

Under new ownership, Cowichan’s Isles prepare for 2020-21

The Isles have gone through some ups and downs in recent seasons

Cowichan Valley Regional District will reopen three arenas in August

Ice will go back in at Lake Cowichan, Cowichan Community Centre and Kerry Park

Business notes: Salt Spring Therapeutic Riding Association launches program for front-line workers

A sample of what’s happening in Cowichan’s business community

UPDATE: RCMP use spike belts to end car chase — man in custody

The driver was arrested at the scene a short distance from his vehicle

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

Fitness non-profit challenges citizens to invent a game to be physically active

The campaign was launched after a study showed only 4.8 per cent of children and youths in Canada met required standards of the 24-hour movement guidelines

VIDEO: U.S. Air Force pilot does fly-by for B.C. son amid COVID border separation

Sky-high father-son visit plays out over White Rock Pier

3 Vancouver police officers test positive for COVID after responding to large party

Union president says other officers are self-isolating due to possible exposure

New mothers with COVID-19 should still breastfeed: Canada’s top doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam made the recommendation during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Collapse of Nunavut ice shelf ‘like losing a good friend:’ glaciologist

The ice shelf on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island has shrunk 43 per cent

RCMP looking for missing teen in Comox Valley

Jenessa Shacter was last seen going for a walk in downtown Courtenay

B.C. wildfire crews have battled 111 blazes in the last seven days

Twenty-nine fires remain active, as of Friday (Aug 7)

Most Read