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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.
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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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?

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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 22, 2020 Re: Health Information Protection Act (HIPA)

May 22, 2020

Re:  Health Information Protection Act (HIPA)

The privacy and protection of personal health information of band members is a priority with the LLRIB Health Services department. This is the standard procedures for all health organizations in Saskatchewan.

When you receive health services with our band health department, you have a right to expect the appropriate use and safekeeping of your personal health information. The Health Information Protection Act (HIPA), which came into force on September 1, 2003, provides rules and guidelines that govern the collection, use and disclosure of personal health information in Saskatchewan, which is strongly adhered to by LLRIB Health Services.

The health of a band member is a privacy matter and, as such, LLRIB Health Services cannot and will not share names of individual band members who may have a presumptive or positive case of the COVID-19 virus.

We also want to encourage the band membership to be thoughtful and sympathetic to those who may contract the virus. Nobody is immune to it and it could be any of us or our family members who can get affected. We also recognize the significant strain that COVID-19 has placed on individuals and families, so it important we come together as a community and provide positive support for one another.

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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May 15, 2020 – UPDATED: PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT – Lac La Ronge

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UPDATED: PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT – Lac La Ronge


DATE: May 15, 2020 19:30HRS

A presumptive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) previously announced on May 14, 2020 has now been officially confirmed as negative.

Presumptive results are used as our first line of defence to ensure we warn contacts and close contacts as soon as possible of possible exposure.

Lac La Ronge Indian Band Health Services, Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority and Saskatchewan Health Authority public health officials took immediate steps with the presumptive result out of an abundance of caution to prevent potential further transmission.

With the new official result from the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory (RRPL), health officials indicate that no further action is required from customers who shopped or bought gas at the following locations:
• Fire Creek Gas Station in Saskatoon – May 4
• Co-Op Gas Bar, La Ronge – May 4 -11
• Robertson Store, La Ronge – May 11
• Keethanow Supermarket, La Ronge – May 5-8
• Keethanow Gas Bar, La Ronge – May 4
• Craving Restaurant La Ronge – May 1-9.

For more information of COVID-19 visit: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT – Lac La Ronge DATE: May 14, 2020 14:00HRS

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT – Lac La Ronge

DATE: May 14, 2020 14:00HRS

A presumptive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in Lac La Ronge community in an individual in their sixties. The individual was tested at the La Ronge Health Center on May 13, 2020 after developing symptoms.

Lac La Ronge Indian Band Health Services, Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority and Saskatchewan
Health Authority public health officials confirm that contact tracing investigation is underway.

Customers who shopped or bought gas at the following locations
and date are advised to SELF-MONITOR daily for symptoms of COVID-19.
 Fire Creek Gas Station in Saskatoon – May 4
 Co-Op Gas Bar, La Ronge – May 4 -11
 Robertson Store, La Ronge – May 11
 Keethanow Supermarket, La Ronge – May 5-8
 Keethanow Gas Bar, La Ronge – May 4
 Craving Restaurant La Ronge – May 1-9.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
 Fever
 Headache
 Chills
 Cough
 Shortness of breath
 Sore throat
 Runny nose
 Diminished sense of smell or taste.

They should self-isolate IMMEDIATELY and call HealthLine 811 or their community health centre for evaluation and advice if they develop any of those symptoms. Self-isolation is an important way of preventing COVID-19 from spreading in Saskatchewan.

For more information of COVID-19 visit: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/healthcareadministration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-andguidelines/emerging-public-healthissues/2019-novel-coronavirus

May 14, 2020 Re: COVID 19 Update – LLRIB Emergency Control Group

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May 14, 2020

Re: COVID 19 Update – LLRIB Emergency Control Group

With today’s announcement of a presumptive case identified in the Lac La Ronge area, the LLRIB Emergency Control Group is once again reminding the public to adhere to all guidelines and take all preventative, personal measures in regards to the COVID 19 pandemic. We would also like to thank those who are following all of the recommendations from LLRIB Emergency Control Group, this has been difficult for all of us and we commend you for your commitment to ensuring you and your families stay healthy and safe.

While this news may be alarming, we wish to assure the community all precautionary steps have been taken to address the situation as it evolves. It’s important to remember, all public health orders remain in effect and measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 must still be followed. We would also like to remind band members to continue being diligent and continue doing your part to keep yourself, your family and our community safe. We appreciate that people want to be outdoors as spring weather is now here, however we must remind you we still remain under restrictions. Again, please adhere to the following:

 Stay home and in your yard as much as possible
 Maintain social distancing guidelines (six feet or two metres from others)
 Avoid situations of gathering in groups (no more than 10 and limit to close family contacts)
 Avoid non-essential travel outside of the community
Monitor yourself for any flu-like symptoms

We also strongly encourage you to continue practicing “social/physical distancing” by limiting all forms of social interactions. Gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people (excluding family members living in the same household). Large public and private gatherings – indoors and outdoors – are still prohibited. Avoid all forms of social gatherings such as house parties, card games, home bingos, etc. The importance of social distancing cannot be emphasized enough and is a seriously urgent matter to adhere to.

In terms of going outside, you are encouraged to be outside on your own property, including your backyard or balcony, as long as you are not physically interacting within the set parameters. You may go outdoors, but only if you are asymptomatic and can maintain the required social distance of two metres at all times. You must maintain proper hand hygiene and avoid contact with shared surfaces (handrails, outdoor playground equipment, etc). Where possible, avoid all shared spaces and public places where you cannot maintain this distance.

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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