CAFN is taking a cautious, proactive approach to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in our Traditional Territory. The health and safety of our dän (people), especially our Elders and most vulnerable, is still our top priority. We must be calm, cautious and kind. We must respect and support each other as we go through this pandemic together.
“DÚCH’Į SHĮ – We are always going to be prepared to do what we must do to ensure the safety of our people. We must remain vigilant, safe and smart.
CAFN is following the science and cooperating strongly with Yukon and Canada. We are committed to encouraging our Citizens to do the same.” Kaaxnox, Dän Nätthe Äda (Chief Steve Smith)
If you are a CAFN Citizen living outside the CAFN Traditional Territory, there are many new public health orders and measures currently in place to be aware of before you come that may limit your ability to cross the border and limit your activities when you go to the CAFN Traditional Territory.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE CROSSING THE US-CANADA BORDER?
You will need to show your Status card to be granted entry into Canada .
An order is currently in effect under Canada’s Quarantine Act titled “Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States” (read more here: https://orders-in-council.canada.ca/attachment.php?attach=39536&lang=en). For CAFN Citizens who wish to enter Canada, “This Order does not apply to (a) a person registered as an Indian under the Indian Act”.
Upon arrival in Canada you will be required to quarantine immediately.
- “Ensure you have a suitable place of quarantine that has the necessities of life.”
- “Go directly to your place of quarantine without delay and stay there for 14 days from the date you arrived in Canada.”
- “You will be called from 1-888-336-7735 to verify your compliance during your 14-day quarantine.”
- There are many other specific requirements you will need to follow during quarantine. Please find full details at: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/2019-novel-coronavirus-information-sheet.html
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE CROSSING THE YUKON BORDER?
If you live outside the Yukon, BC, NWT or Nunavut, and travel to the Yukon, you will be required to self-isolate immediately upon arrival. You are not allowed to hunt during the 14 days of self-isolation, and your family cannot help you hunt during that time, even though they are your relatives. If you have family in the Yukon, you cannot stay with them during self-isolation.
For full details on entering the Yukon please visit: https://yukon.ca/en/health-and-wellness/covid-19-information/borders-and-travel-covid-19/information-people-entering
There is a Yukon Government order in effect called the Civil Emergency Measures Health Protection (COVID-19) Order that requires anyone who is not a Yukon resident to “self-isolate” upon arrival (read more here: http://www.gov.yk.ca/legislation/regs/mo2020_050.pdf ). It states:
“Under this order 1(1)(b), any individual who enters Yukon who is not an Yukon resident “must go directly to a place in Whitehorse that meets the requirements of the chief medical officer of health, or to a place where they are directed to reside under the Act or the Public Health and Safety Act, and self-isolate for a period of no less than 14 days that begins when they arrive there.”
As outlined in section 4.1 of the order, if an individual wishes to self-isolate in a different location other than the High Country Inn in Whitehorse he/she must make application to the Minister of Community Services, who in consultation with the chief medical officer of health may approve an alternative self-isolation location.
The Yukon Government currently has a self-isolation facility in Whitehorse at the High Country Inn. There is a fee for non-Yukon residents to stay at the High Country Inn to self-isolate.
OTHER PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES
It is important to know that other Canadian provinces and territories, including British Columbia, also have their own specific requirements and orders in place. Please be sure to research requirements for any province or territory you need to travel through on that government’s website before you travel.
RETURNING TO YOUR HOME TERRITORY, PROVINCE OR STATE
Remember that international, provincial and territorial guidelines for re-entry of residents differs between jurisdictions. We ask that when you return to your place of residency that you follow and respect the guidelines.
CAFN continues to work with local, territorial and federal officials to ensure the safety of our Citizens during the pandemic.
WHILE YOU ARE HERE WE ASK EVERYONE TO PRACTICE YUKON’S SAFE SIX to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19: https://yukon.ca/en/health-and-wellness/covid-19-information/6-steps-staying-safe-covid-19
All CAFN dän must still be on guard, so that all our people come out of this pandemic safely.