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CAFN COVID-19 Bulletin 11: May 1, 2020

Bulletin 11:  CAFN COVID-19 Planning and Response

Message from the Chief: We Still Need to “Stay Quiet” 

Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN), like many other governments, is considering next steps to gradually return to more normal work and government practices.  We are proceeding with an abundance of caution and in keeping with federal and territorial public health guidance. 

It is very important to remember that we must all continue with all COVID-19 safety practices at this time.  If we let our guard down now, we could very easily undo all the good work we have done so far to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to our communities and in the Yukon.

At this time, CAFN has not lifted any of our COVID-19 safety measures.  The CAFN State of Emergency Declaration is still in effect, our offices remain closed to the public, and our focus continues to be delivery of essential services.

We will keep Citizens updated on any changes to safety measures by our government when they take effect and when it is safe to do so.

Gunałchish – thank you – for your continued efforts to keep our people and communities safe.

Kaaxnox, Dän Nätthe Äda (Chief Steve Smith)

6 Steps to Staying Safe The six steps to staying safe and stopping the spread of COVID-19 are: physical distancing; regular hand washing; staying home when sick; not gathering in groups of more than 10; avoiding travel to communities and self-isolating when required.
Canada Emergency Response Benefit Update If you are considering applying for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, please be aware that you must have: Made $5,000 last year ANDBeen laid off/could not return to seasonal work/run out of EA ANDThe lack of work MUST be due to COVID-19. If you receive the benefits and do not meet the above criteria, Canada can require you to pay it back.    If you receive the benefit, please also note that you will be taxed on the benefit when you submit your 2020 taxes. If you have questions, please contact one of 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 Income Assistance support staff can also help CAFN clients
Virtual Community Meeting The virtual community meeting planned at Takhini River Subdivision last weekend was postponed out of respect for the passing of CAFN Elder Phyllis Smith.  We look forward to rescheduling soon.
Shawkwunlee Daycare CAFN is following up on the recent vandalism to our daycare.  We are working in coordination with the RCMP, our Elders, and with the individuals involved.  CAFN is dealing with this privately through the justice system and dän k’e – our way.  We appreciate Citizens’ respect as we work through this matter.  CAFN is looking at additional ways to keep our communities and properties safe.
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  
CAFN Offices Our offices remain closed to the public until further notice, but we continue to provide essential services, 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

Council of Yukon First Nations COVID-19 information hub at:  cyfn.ca/covid-19

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