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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
Email: Wilma.ratt@llrib.ca

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
Email gchristiansen@llrib.ca

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
Email: jeanine.patterson@llrib.ca

 

 

2020 YOUTH HAVEN SUMMER CAMP – DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION FRIDAY, JULY 10TH, 2020

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: summer_employment@llribedu.ca

SUMMER STUDENT EMPLOYMENT – APPLICATION DEADLINES: (EXTENDED) JUNE 26TH, 2020

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: postsecondary@llribedu.ca   


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

Click Link to Print – ON RESERVE IA AND CERB ELIGIBILITY INFO NOTE MAY 2020

ATTENTION ON-RESERVE INCOME ASSISTANCE ADMINISTRATORS

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:
https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html

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.
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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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June 17, 2020 Congratulations to all Lac La Ronge Indian Band Graduates!

June 17, 2020
Congratulations to all Lac La Ronge Indian Band Graduates!

Graduation is an occasion to celebrate, we understand this is normally a large family gathering to celebrate the student’s accomplishments. The LLRIB Emergency Control Group want to make sure you have the information to have a safe event while navigating through the many public recommendations/guidelines.

This year is very different with the risk of transmission of COVID – 19; with that there is some information we would like to share with graduates and families.

As per the Government of Saskatchewan – Public Health Order:

• Indoor gatherings no larger than 15 people and outdoor gatherings limited to 30 people.
Following the guidelines from NITHA including:
• Keep a sign in sheet to list attendees (this will assist Public Health Officials with contact tracing if there is a COVID-19 positive case and has identified as being at your event
• Practice proper Cough/Sneeze etiquette; into tissue or the bend of the elbow
• Minimize close contact; hugging, shaking hands
• Provide hand washing stations including soap, water and paper towels and/or hand sanitizer
• Ensuring common surfaces are disinfected frequently
• A buffet style meal is not recommended an alternative option is to provide premade plates of food and utensils
• Place signage in clear areas to remind attendees of recommendations
• Limit alcohol and drug use as it impairs your judgement and may affect your ability to follow the guidelines.
• Make sure your gathering has adequate chaperones to ensure everyone’s safety

IF YOU ARE SICK, DO NOT ATTEND PUBLIC EVENTS

We hope and pray that all graduates and families stay safe to celebrate this milestone, don’t drink and drive, wash your hands and follow guidelines provided.

Respectfully,

LLRIB Emergency Control Group

Josephine Greyeyes
Emergency Coordinator

Kevin Roberts
Communications Coordinator

 

Public Service Announcement – June 4, 2020 – Extending your family circle, when is it safe?

PDF Download – June 4, 2020 Update

Public Service Announcement
June 4, 2020
Extending your family circle, when is it safe?

We know that this time apart has been difficult and we want to encourage family members to see each other, while still being safe. Physical Distancing means avoiding close contact with others to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, with caution and under certain conditions, families may form an extended household group.

How to Form an Extended Household Group:
• Family groups must remain consistent. Do not visit different family members every day.
• Gatherings must follow the public health order and be no more than 10 people
• (June 8, 2020 the number will increase to 15 people)
• People in the same extended household group without high-risk people can be closer than two metres. We recommend if you are visiting Elders or someone with chronic health conditions that you protect them by wearing a mask.
• Stay home if you are sick, do not visit with anyone else if you are sick!
Continue to practise every-day preventive actions in the new normal, including:

Practising proper cough and sneezing etiquette (into a tissue or the bend of your elbow); Washing your hands often with soap and water; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; Always maintain a two-metre distance with people who are not in your extended household group for example if you are grocery shopping or outdoors anywhere.

You should always be aware of who you have been in contact with over the past two weeks. These are the people who would need to be contacted by public health if you were to test positive for COVID-19.

If you are considering extending your existing circle, be sure to also limit the businesses you go to and be sure that those who you are visiting are kept safe!

Respectfully,

LLRIB Emergency Control Group

Josephine Greyeyes
Emergency Coordinator

Kevin Roberts
Communications Coordinator

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May 28, 2020 – Public Service Announcement (PSA) – RE: COVID-19 Definitions: Confirmed Case vs. Presumptive Case

PDF Download – LLRIB ECG PSA

Public Service Announcement (PSA)
May 28, 2020

RE: COVID-19 Definitions: Confirmed Case vs. Presumptive Case
Since its arrival, there’s been a lot of confusion about COVID-19. The following is a brief explanation on how the terms are defined:

Presumptive Cases:
A patient is tested for COVID-19 locally, for example, at the La Ronge Test Center. If the test comes back positive, it is considered as “presumptive”. All tests are then sent to a national body to be confirmed. In Saskatchewan, the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory (RRPL) in Regina now has the ability to do confirm testing for COVID-19 as a national test site.

Confirmed Cases:
Once this presumptive positive test is passed along for a confirmation, a scientist from the provincial lab in Regina re-confirms the diagnosis and then relays that information back to health authorities. This is when a test is considered as “confirmed”.

Example:
As an example, when you see a news headline that says “8 new presumptive cases of COVID-19, 4 more confirmed”. This means that eight cases are waiting to be confirmed nationally, while four cases already have. As well, you might hear it reported that there are 12 cases of COVID-19 in that particular area.

Again, we also want to encourage the band membership to be thoughtful and sympathetic to those who may eventually contract the virus. The stigma of contracting the COVID-19 virus can have significant strain on individuals and families, so it important we come together as a community and provide positive support for one another. Therefore, in this situation, we encourage you to:

 Share the correct advice and facts only;
 Avoid spreading rumours, hyperbole and gossip;
 Keep company through phone calls, texting, emails or social media;
 Help with getting groceries, prescriptions and other necessities;
 Show solidarity, love and kindness with those affected.

Again, as a collective group, we want to assure the LLRIB membership that we are working very hard on your behalf during this challenging and unprecedented time.

Respectfully,

LLRIB Emergency Control Group

Josephine Greyeyes – Emergency Coordinator

Kevin Roberts – Communications Coordinator
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