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CAFN COVID-19 Planning & Response: Bulletin 12

May 15, 2020                                                       

Bulletin 12:  CAFN COVID-19 Planning and Response

Message from the Chief:

While the world continues to adapt to COVID-19, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) is also learning and adapting.  We are working on our CAFN recovery plan, which includes a phased, cautious approach.  This strategy, when complete, will be guided by public safety measures set out by the governments of Yukon and Canada.  We have an opportunity to recover safely and emerge stronger from this pandemic.

I ask you to remember that the risk of COVID-19 is still present in our communities.  Though there are no known active cases in the Yukon, the threat remains and many Yukon orders and recommendations are still in place.  Public safety measures are still critical to avoid community spread.  If we are not careful, we can quickly undo all the good work we have done to prevent the spread of the virus so far.

At this time, CAFN has not lifted COVID-19 safety measures.  The CAFN State of Emergency is still in effect, our offices remain closed to the public, staff continue to work remotely, and our focus continues to be delivery of essential services.  However, we are preparing for our return to the “new normal” and look forward to keeping our Citizens and communities updated on next steps.

CAFN also continues to work to support Citizens and communities during COVID-19.  Last week we held our first ever virtual community meeting with Citizens at Takhini River Subdivision.  We continue reaching out to Citizens – including Elders, vulnerable people, students, youth and more – to learn more about your unique needs.

Gunałchish – Thank you.  I am proud of the strength and resilience of our nation and Citizens as we go through and begin to emerge from these challenging times.

A special Happy Birthday to Elder Sadie Brown today on her 90th birthday!

Kaaxnox, Dän Nätthe Äda (Chief Steve Smith)

Virtual Community Meeting Council hosted a virtual community meeting on May 7 with Takhini River Subdivision residents, who provided respectful, helpful input to inform our work going forward.  We look forward to sharing meeting outcomes with the community.  Thank you to all who participated.
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.
CAFN Offices Our offices remain closed to the public until further notice, but we continue to provide essential services.  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  

Kwanischiss – thank you – to Na-Cho Nyak Dun First Nation for sharing this helpful CERB notice. If you have questions, please contact one of our Support Navigators: Ruth Haynes, Financial Literacy Coach – rhaynes@cafn.ca or (867) 634-4200 x285 Holly Underschultz, Economic Development –hunderschultz@cafn.ca or (867) 456-6888 x332 CAFN Income Assistance support staff can also assist our CAFN clients.

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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