• KwänlinWhitehorse
  • Takhini River
  • Dä̀kwä̀kä̀daHaines Junction
  • ShadęlChampagne
  • Tthe yänlinCanyon
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Dear Citizens,

Champagne and Aishihik First Nations  (CAFN) wishes you a safe and happy holiday season. 

 Connect safely

We are hosting many Christmas Connects activities and events for Citizens to help make this holiday special.  We invite you to join our COVID-safe activities! Safety is a priority, so please be flexible and patient as we may have to change or cancel holiday events due to COVID-19 or cold temperatures.

 This Christmas we ask you make smart choices about how you celebrate and gather.  The Yukon and CAFN remain in a state of emergency with the continuing outbreak and the arrival of the omicron variant. Wear a mask in public.  Keep your gatherings small (max of 2 households).  Travel safely and only for essential reasons. And practice the Safe 6.  In this bulletin we are excited to share our brand new CAFN Safe 6 designed by artist Cole Pauls.

Get your rapid self-tests before the holidays.  CAFN is making COVID-19 rapid self-tests available for Citizens, staff and their families.  Please self-test routinely, after travel, before social gatherings, and if you will be with anyone who is vulnerable, which includes Elders, people who are immune compromised, and anyone who is not vaccinated.  Please remember that a negative rapid test result is just a snapshot of that moment in time and you should continue testing every 3-4 days.  Anyone who gets a positive self-test result MUST go to a Yukon facility for confirmative PCR testing.

 Get vaccinated.  Council continues to urge you to protect the safety of yourself and others by getting fully vaccinated when you can.  Vaccines are now available for everyone ages 5 and up.  Boosters are also available for people 18+, and are especially important now as we fight the omicron variant.  While we respect that getting vaccinated is a personal choice, our Council believes the vaccines are safe and effective and the best way to combat COVID.  By getting the vaccine you are protecting your own health as well as everyone around you, especially loved ones who are more vulnerable to COVID-19.

 This Christmas Eve, remember to put out cookies, a self-test and mask for Santa!

 Gunałchish,

Kaaxnox, Dän nätthe äda – Chief Steve Smith