On November 10, 2021, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) declared a state of emergency in response to an increase in COVID-19 activity in the Yukon. On January 7, 2022, the state of emergency was renewed to March 10, 2022.
Declaring a state of emergency gives our government the flexibility to act quickly and efficiently to put measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to our CAFN Citizens and communities. CAFN has the authority to take emergency measures under our Self-Government Agreement, our inherent right to self-government and under the CAFN Constitution.
The CAFN state of emergency is a practical and important step to address the current COVID-19 Omicron outbreak. The declaration is in effect for up to 60 days or longer if Council chooses to extend it. As the COVID-19 situation changes, we will continue to re-evaluate our approach.
During the state of emergency, the Dän Nätthe Dätth’i (CAFN Council) may take special temporary measures to protect the health and safety of CAFN Citizens and everyone in our communities, especially our Elders and most vulnerable, which includes our children under age 12 who are not eligible to be vaccinated yet.
CAFN expect all its Citizens to follow the public health and safety measures put in place by the governments of Canada and Yukon. This applies to all Citizens and anyone on our lands.