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CAFN COVID-19 Bulletin 9

April 17, 2020                                                      

Bulletin 9:  CAFN COVID-19 Planning and Response

Message from the Chief

Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) continues to plan and respond to the needs of our communities and Citizens due to COVID-19.

Last week, CAFN Council passed two COVID-19 emergency resolutions to support our response:

  1. declared a state of emergency;
  2. identified emergency powers to use if needed during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Emergency powers could include orders banning specific activities on Settlement Land. 

These resolutions can be viewed atǟn-cafn-emergency-declaration.  At this time, Council has not put in place any specific measures, but we are considering what may be effective in different communities in the days to come.

We thank all CAFN Citizens who are making big changes to your lives to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to our people and communities.  Shäw nithän to all who are showing the utmost respect for the lives and health of your friends, family and neighbors by fully following health orders and guidance by the governments of Canada and Yukon.  You are making a difference and saving lives!  We recognize and appreciate your sacrifices.

Kaaxnox, Dän Nätthe Äda (Chief Steve Smith)

CONNECTING WITH CITIZENS                                                                                                              

CAFN staff are reaching out by phone to all CAFN Citizens in the Yukon.  These calls are to: check in on how you are doing, find out if you have any specific questions, empower you to support your immediate and extended family, and to identify new needs.  Citizens are also able to identify whether you or members of your family are at increased risk due to COVID-19 and should be added to CAFN’s vulnerable Citizens and Elders list for increased support.  These calls have begun with Citizens who live in Whitehorse, and will continue to all others who live in the Yukon.  

CAFN staff members are working to identify new needs and best ways to support our youth and students during COVID-19.  Our Education Support Workers are phoning all parents of school-age children to find out if they are prepared to attend school remotely.  If you are looking for information or want to connect with our Education Support Workers, please contact:
Anya Braeuner, Kwanlin (Whitehorse) Education Support Worker, (867) 332-0646
John Fingland, Dakwäkäda (Haines Jct) Education Support Worker, (867) 334-3779 or
If you know a CAFN youth or child who is at-risk or homeless, please contact CAFN to add them to our vulnerable Citizens list:  Brenda Asp, or (867) 634-5389  
FUNDING SUPPORT NAVIGATORS CAFN is keeping track of new federal and Yukon programs to help Citizens and CAFN businesses adapt to challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please stay tuned for new funding supports and apply where eligible. 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 – or (867) 634-4200 ext 285
Holly Underschultz, Economic Development Officer – or (867) 456-6888 ext 332
CAFN FOOD PREP                            
CAFN is preparing in case it becomes more difficult for Citizens to get food and groceries due to COVID-19.  We are storing non-perishable food staples and also working to prepare frozen emergency meals that will be provided to Citizens IF: A family or individual is in isolation because someone in their home is infected with COVID-19; orA community is closed to regular travel due to cases or clusters of COVID-19. At this time, CAFN is not distributing any food.  If the food already purchased is not used during the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be used for future CAFN gatherings.  
SAFE ISOLATION PLACES CAFN is working to connect Citizens with a safe space to self-isolate if they are unable to safely isolate at home.  This includes when a Citizen is required to self-isolate for 14 days after travel, or if they test positive for COVID-19. In Whitehorse, the first and best option is to contact the Yukon government to access their safe isolation space by emailing  CAFN is also working with a local hotel and Yukon Health and Social Services to ensure safe spaces are available in Haines Junction if needed.   

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

What is the status of COVID-19 in Canada?  Please visit

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