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CAFN COVID-19 Bulletin 10: April 24, 2020

Message from the Chief

As our nation continues to adapt to new ways of doing business and staying connected with Citizens, we must also focus outward.  We thank all the front line and essential service workers who keep our people and communities supplied with the necessities of life.  We thank the Yukon health and medical professionals who are preparing, planning and leading our territory’s response every day.  And we thank the mental health workers who are quietly supporting many.

The Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) Council meets every week with staff to work on new concerns and solutions for COVID-19, and also meets once a month for our regular Council meetings.  We support our staff and teams to find new and innovative ways to support our Citizens and families.  And we continue to look for ways to help Citizens who need it most.  That is Dän K’e – our way. 

We welcome your ideas and input as we travel down this new path together. 

Kaaxnox, Dän Nätthe Äda (Chief Steve Smith)

DELIVERING FOR YOU      CAFN staff continue to deliver essential services on a daily basis, in spite of new challenges.  Shäw nithän and special thanks to: Our Municipal and Property Services staff;The CAFN Finance team;Governance and Enrollment staff;Community Wellness staff, including case managers, income assistance, youth, family and Elders support teams;The CAFN Education team;Our guardians, who are also delivering CAFN information door-to-door; and to All our staff who are rising to the occasion and helping our Citizens in new ways every day!  
VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETING Council is hosting a virtual community meeting with residents of Takhini River Subdivision this weekend to talk about potential COVID-19 safety guidelines for that community.  Council is working actively to identify which measures may be best suited to our different subdivisions and communities under CAFN’s State of Emergency Declaration on April 10, 2020.
SAFE PRACTICES CAFN is following federal and territorial safety guidelines to continue to deliver essential services to Citizens and keep our government running.  For more information on Yukon guidelines we are following, please visit: https://yukon.ca/en/health-and-wellness/covid-19/guidelines-delivery-critical-essential-and-other-services  
Six Steps to Staying Safe From Yukon Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brendan Hanley Practice physical distancing – keep two metres or six feet away from everyone who’s not in your household. Wash your hands frequently.Stay home when you’re sick.Don’t gather in groups of 10 or more people.Don’t travel to rural communities unless it’s essential.Self-isolate when you’re required to.  
STUDENT SUPPORT If you need to connect with our Education Support Workers for elementary and high school student support, please contact: Anya Braeuner, Kwanlin (Whitehorse) Education Support Worker, (867) 332-0646 orabraeuner@cafn.ca John Fingland, Dakwäkäda (Haines Jct) Education Support Worker, (867) 334-3779 or jfingland@cafn.ca  
FUNDING SUPPORT NAVIGATORS If you have questions or need help to access new federal and territorial COVID-19 help programs, please contact our Support Navigators:  Ruth Haynes, Financial Literacy Coach – rhaynes@cafn.ca or (867) 634-4200 ext 285 Holly Underschultz, Economic Development Officer – hunderschultz@cafn.ca or (867) 456-6888 ext 332
CAFN Offices Our offices remain closed to the public till further notice, but essential services continue, in keeping with the CAFN State of Emergency Declaration passed April 10, 2020.  Please contact us if you have questions or need CAFN support.  Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Haines Junction  (867) 634-4200            Whitehorse           (867) 456-6888  

What is the status of COVID-19 in the Yukon?

Please visit Yukon.ca

What is the status of COVID-19 in Canada? 

Please visit Canada.ca

MENTAL WELLNESS

CAFN encourages all Citizens to take care of yourselves, including your mental health.  Nataschaa Chatterton is available at no cost to CAFN Citizens (see details at right). 

Support is also available through the Yukon government.  For the full list of services and contact information, please visit https://yukon.ca/en/health-and-wellness/covid-19/find-covid-19-counselling-and-crisis-support.

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