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LLRIB Education – Letter to Parents – Sept 1, 2020

Download PDF – Parent Letter Sept 1 2020

Download PDF – Reopening Parents

September 1, 2020

LLRIB Education will be reopening the 2020-2021 school year with a weekly Blended Learning Model in place. All LLRIB students will be placed into two groups: Group A and Group B. Group A will attend one week and Group B will continue Distance Learning; the following week they will alternate. The purpose for the week in class and week at home is to allow for proper contact tracing and cleaning between groups. Groups will be divided based on family connections to support our families who may have children in different schools who care for younger siblings. You will receive a group assignment and calendar indicating which week your child is to attend.

Please see the attached document which provides a quick overview of the changes that have occurred in our reopen planning. We are requesting that parents and community members do not enter the building with your child and that your child use the entry and exit doors that are indicated at their schools. If your child is taking the bus, please let your child know that they will have their temperature checked when they enter, they are to use hand sanitizer, wear a mask and they are to sit in their assigned seating. When possible, please walk or drive your child to school.

If you are still concerned about the safety of your child and would like to know the alternative options that you have as a parent, please see the quick guide below.

School Re-Opening Plan

Weekly Learning Groups
Alternating Week Schedules:
• Students are selected based on their ability to Socially Distance.
• Students are placed in groups that support student success, and students who are in the same households.
• Students will attend one week for in person classroom instruction and will participate in Distance Learning on their alternative week.
• If the same group of students are in attendance for an entire week, this will allow for faster Contact Tracing and an allowable time to show symptoms if they are unwell.


LLRIB Education Parent Survey- August 2020

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey about the re-opening of our schools. Please click on the link to start the survey – Please let me know if you have any questions or need other information. Thanks, Manuela Facci B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed. Superintendent of Special Education Lac La Ronge Indian Band Office: (306) 425-4938 ext. 262 Cell: (306) 220-2800

LLRIB Annual Report 2019

PDF Download – LLRIB-2019 Annual Report-072920 final report

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Workforce Development

Cameco and the LLRIB work to maximize employment benefits to its members from Cameco’s operations. The Workforce Development pillar within the CA supports programs to aid in skills development and employment readiness for members.

In support of these initiatives, Wilma Ratt was hired in 2019 as the LLRIB community liaison officer. Wilma is the main contact person for Cameco and is responsible for co-ordinating efforts to train and employ members in connection with the Key Lake and McArthur River operations when they come back into production. Wilma assists Cameco and LLRIB in developing and maintaining a skills database and supports skills development strategies for LLRIB members. Wilma also assists with the implementation of the agreement.

For more information on the skills database or on how to input your information, please contact:

Wilma Ratt,
Community Liaison Officer
Ph: 306-425-2183

Business Development

In 2019 Athabasca Catering Limited Partnership (ACLP) continued to support and provide catering and hospitality services to Cameco at the four northern Saskatchewan operations. We completed our first contract review process under the evergreen agreement that was signed in 2016. ACLP provides an opportunity for many people from the north to work and develop skills in the hospitality industry. Did you know that 70% of their workforce are Residents of Saskatchewan’s North?

Northern Resource Transport (NRT) continues to be a valued and reliable partner for the delivery of freight and bulk materials to the northern mines. Through a combination of owner operators and company drivers, over 2,000 loads of freight were safely delivered to the mines in 2019. In addition, NRT supplies drivers to operate the slurry haul trucks that deliver ore from Cigar Lake to McClean Lake, enabling both sites to meet production objectives. NRT continues to be a leader in supporting the resource sector and has proven to be very resilient while maintain service through the current slow uranium market.

Community Investment

The benefits of the CA are demonstrated through a wide range of initiatives that have been made possible by the LLRIB Community Trust.

In 2019, trust funds made it possible to purchase a headstone to honor and commemorate ancestor and Chief James Roberts who signed Treaty 6 Adhesion on February 11, 1886. The headstone ceremony at Little Hills (Reserve #158A LLRIB) Gathering, where the burial site is located was held July 25th to July 31. This initiative brought people and communities together to promote pride in our culture and to learn the history of where we are and where we came from.

For more information on the trust and the application process, please contact:

Gladys Christiansen,
LLRIB Executive Director
Ph: 306-425-1163

Community Engagement

Community engagement and environmental protection is a priority for both the community and Cameco. During this extended state of care and maintenance at McArthur River and Key Lake, there is a strong focus on continuing to protect the environment in and around the operative areas. Water treatment, environmental monitoring, waste management, radiation dosimetry programs and safety programs all continue unchanged from when both sites were in production. Environmental staff that remain on site continue conducting routine sample collections.

Under the agreement, Cameco and the Lands and Resource Management Board (LRMB) maintain open lines of communication to ensure that the LLRIB community is informed and engaged. On an ongoing basis, information is shared about the sites and the ways Cameco works to avoid and minimize environmental impacts.

The Traditional Lands and Resource Coordinator, Jeanine Patterson, was hired in 2019 and coordinates efforts between Cameco and the LRMB to ensure commitments are being met. The LRMB provides information to the communities about Cameco’s operations. Cameco has communicated with the LRMB its intentions to relicense the Cigar Lake operation in 2021 for a 10 year term. Community members are encourage to share their questions and concerns about the operations and environment with:

Jeanine Patterson,
Traditional Lands and Resource Coordinator
Ph: 306-425-2183




The 2020 Youth Haven Summer Camp Program is starting once again and we would love for your child to join us! This cultural wilderness camp is a great learning experience for your child and offers various activities and traditional teachings. If you are interested in sending your child to Youth Haven, applications can be picked up at the LLRIB Office in the Education Department. For more information, please contact Jodi Hancheroff with the information given. • No overnight trips this year Jodi Hancheroff – Summer Student Employment Coordinator Phone: (306) 425-4938 Fax: (306) 425-3030 Email:


The Lac La Ronge Indian Band’s Post-Secondary Department is now accepting applications to fill positions based out of the LLRIB departments in La Ronge, Hall Lake, and Sucker River under the Summer Student Employment Program:

Please send inquires and/or completed forms to:   

On-Reserve Income Assistance (IA) and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)



The purpose of this notice is to provide information and guidance regarding situations where IA clients are receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

CERB provides temporary income support to those who have stopped working because of COVID-19. If IA clients have questions regarding CERB eligibility, information can be found at:

As per the Social Programs Policy Manual (SPPM), chapter 2, section 2.3.4 a): “Every applicant/client is expected to immediately report any changes in income or circumstances which would affect IA eligibility and entitlement” and 2.3.4 b) ii) “Changes to be reported include: Increase or decrease in financial resources of any adult member of the family unit or a single person for any reason”. Any income received from CERB is expected to be reported to the IA Administrator as a change in circumstance.

Resources received from CERB are considered unearned income similar to sources of income listed in chapter 6, section 6.4 of the SPPM. There is no exemption for unearned income, therefore the amount deducted from IA entitlement is dollar-for-dollar. As per chapter 6, section 6.1.3 b) i) “Income Assessment After Application: all sources of non-exempt income received by the applicant and the applicant’s spouse, if any, is considered income in the month following the date it was received”. For example; non-exempt income received on March 15 will affect IA entitlement for April.

For NFR Grant First Nations; ISC is aware your First Nation delivers the IA program according to the terms of the NFR which means you may be administering IA in accordance with your own approved policies.

If an IA client has received CERB and was not eligible as determined by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) at a later date, it is highly likely he/she will have to repay it directly or through other Government of Canada benefits he/she is entitled to, such as Income Tax Refund, GST, OAS, GIS, etc.

Any questions regarding the implementation of the On-Reserve IA Program policy can be directed to the ISC Regional Office Social Development Unit using your already established contact person.
Saskatchewan Region

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An excerpt from the Government of Canada website:

Who is eligible (for CERB) :

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

The Benefit is available to workers:

1. Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;

2. Who have stopped working because of reasons related to COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits or have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020;

3. Who had employment and/or self-employment income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and,

4. Who have not quit their job voluntarily.

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