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CAFN Honours Chief Paul Birckel and Family

July 16, 2021 - July 17, 2021

Please join in honouring our respected leader and Chief of CAFN for 20 years, Nashiya – Chief Paul Birckel.

There are several ways you can participate to show your respect.

Procession to Klukshu on Friday, July 16:

  • 11 a.m. Immediate family only may join the procession from Heritage North Funeral Home
  • 11 a.m. others may join the procession near the Mayo cutoff (details tbc)
  • 11 a.m. Drummers will gather in full regalia to honour Chief Paul along the Alaska Highway – please meet on the straight stretch past the Mayo Cutoff.
  • 1 p.m. Drummers will gather in full regalia to drum Chief Paul through Dakwäkäda – please meet in the parking lot at the Lucky Dragon

Funeral Saturday, July 17, at Klukshu:

  • The service will begin at 2 p.m. and will be held in a large tent
  • The potlatch bowl will be open all day
  • After the service, you may join the procession to the grave site
  • Watch the funeral service online – this special gathering will be video recorded and shared online as soon as possible after the service for those who cannot attend in-person (appx 2 days).

CAFN and the family encourage you to honour Chief Paul safely.  COVID-19 safety measures will be in full effect:

  • The current maximum gathering size is 200 people
  • Please do not bring children younger than age 12
  • Masks will be required inside and outside
  • Hand washing and sanitizing stations will be available
  • Please keep a safe distance from people outside your household bubble
  • You will be asked to provide your name for contact tracing purposes

Please see this announcement from the family of Chief Paul Birckel.