My name is Jean Tsannie and I'm the Sergeant of Wollaston Lake Patrol Group. I live in Wollaston Lake, on the reserve. The population of Wollaston Lake is probably about over 2000. We are isolated. In the Fall time, and the break of seasons, we have to fly in only, because we don't have all-season roads.
Why I joined the Rangers was because I wanted to help the community and give back to the community, if need be, in terms of, like search and rescue. During last year in March, when the snowfall came, and then, there was about over 60 hunters that were out there hunting for the community, that got stranded. So, the rangers were making trails to help the hunters come back, as well. Community members that were trying to lead up from halfway from Wollaston to up North. We literally have done so many search and rescues. So, some are good, and some are hard. If you lose a family member or a community member, everybody feels for it, and everybody knows everybody in the community, so it was like the hardest year with 2020.
During the pandemic, we had meetings every Monday at 10 o'clock, with the Leadership Chief and Councillor. We all come together, but we were all six feet apart in planning for the community and updating on how many cases there is within the community. And then, we would let the rangers know what needs to be done on a certain day. And the people that are under isolation can't go to the store. So, there are times where rangers have to do some shopping for them. They just make a grocery list of what they need, and they'll shop, and then, deliver it to the door. And then, sometimes, they need something picked up from the post office, or send out a letter, or something like that. This community is very strong. Anything and whatever is happening within the community, everybody is involved, and they work as one.
I love my job. I love being a ranger. You know, if you help your land, and then, it provides for you to give back to the community. You know... Protect the land and it'll protect you.