CAFN COVID-19 Bulletin 1 – March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020

Bulletin 1:

CAFN COVID-19 Planning and Response

Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) is creating a daily bulletin to keep Citizens updated on our planning and actions in response to COVID-19.  CAFN is taking a proactive approach to slow the spread of this virus to our communities and the Yukon.

How will we communicate with Citizens?

While things continue to change rapidly, CAFN will issue this bulletin daily, Monday through Friday, on our CAFN.ca website, on our Champagne and Aishihik First Nations Facebook page, and by email.  We will also distribute the bulletin door-to-door in CAFN communities and by other means when there is important new information to share.

What new steps is CAFN taking?

With direction from Chief and Council and in keeping with recommendations by the Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health:

  • All CAFN buildings and offices will be closed to the public effective March 19 till April 15 or until further notice. 
  • The CAFN government will continue to operate and provide essential services.  
  • New contact information:  Till further notice, all calls should be directed to (867) 634-4200.  In the near future, we expect to provide an on-call phone list.   Many staff are also monitoring and responding to CAFN via emails.

What services will continue?

ESSENTIAL SERVICES – CAFN will continue to provide:

  • Municipal Services: water delivery, garbage collection, road maintenance.
    • Property Services: emergency repairs and property management.
    • Communications as noted above.
    • Finance including income assistance and emergency funds.
    • Community Wellness support by our Case Managers, Elders Program and Community Care staff.
    • Chief and Council and the Executive Council Office staff will continue to carry out the important business of the CAFN government, including our response to COVID-19.

Ongoing Measures

  • All CAFN gatherings are cancelled or postponed until further notice.
  • Vulnerable or at-risk Citizens who do not have family to assist and may require extra support may contact Brenda Asp at (867) 634-5389 or basp@cafn.ca.
  • We will continue to share new information with Citizens regularly, including resources and updates from Yukon Government and the Government of Canada.

What is the Government of Yukon doing?

Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, today declared a public health emergency. 

“We are continuing to ramp up our response as all of Canada braces for COVID-19. Yukon has no confirmed cases at this time, but the threat is real and COVID-19 in the North is inevitable. By taking these precautions now, we have the ability to limit its spread. We are taking the necessary incremental steps to save lives and ensure the sustainability of our health-care systems.Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health. Dr. Brendan Hanley , March 18, 2020

In addition to increased support and information by Yukon Health and Social Services, new Yukon actions include:

  • Suspending classes at Yukon public schools until April 15, 2020.
  • Closing public recreation centres, including the Canada Games Centre and ice rinks.
  • Closing all Yukon hospitals to visitors, with limited exceptions.
  • Closing all public libraries.

For full details for Yukoners on COVID-19 visit: Yukon.ca

What is the Government of Canada doing?

The Government of Canada is taking new actions daily to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and manage its impacts on society.  For the most current information visit: Canada.ca

Questions?

Please contact us at (867) 634-4200 or by email.  Additional contact information will be provided soon.

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