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March 23, 2020 – Re: COVID 19 Update – LLRIIB Emergency Control Group

March 23, 2020

Re: COVID 19 Update – LLRIB Emergency Control Group

The LLRIB Emergency Control Group meet regularly to address all concerns, discussions and related action plans in regards to COVID 19 pandemic. 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.

Amongst today’s roundtable discussions, two important topics came up: funerals and access into our communities. The LLRIB Emergency Control Group fully supports the Anglican Diocese of Saskatchewan’s March 17, 2020 memorandum from The Right Reverend Michael W. Hawkins (Bishop of Saskatchewan) and The Right Reverend Adam S. Halkett (Bishop of Missinipi) which stated the following:

• We are suspending all public worship and gatherings of the Diocese of Saskatchewan effective immediately.

• Effective immediately no public wake or funeral will be allowed in any of our Churches or Halls without prior consent from one of the bishops.

This is a very difficult, yet important, subject to discuss. Again, we strongly encourage families to engage in social distancing at this most difficult time.

Another topic the LLRIB Emergency Control Group fully supports is the monitoring of traffic access in the communities. Road monitoring should not be confused with a road closure, something that has not been agreed to at this time. When it comes to road-monitoring, each community will implement their own locally-developed process. Here too, residents are asked to respect social isolation guidelines by staying home and avoid any travel out of the community.

We are presently waiting details to see how the recent federal government’s financial aid package will look like for LLRIB. We are also waiting on the delivery of cleaning and food supplies. We ask for your continued patience as we sort the logistics on both of these.

In regards to food sustainability, we are closely monitoring the local situation with all stores. At this time, there is no food shortage in the north as the supply continues to flow to local grocery stores with regular deliveries.

Again, as a reminder, please wash your hands frequently with soap and water as it is best prevention for transmitting the spread of the COVID 19 virus. Use hand sanitizer only in a public place and where soap and water are not accessible.

We also strongly encourage you to continue practicing “social distancing” by limiting all forms of social interactions. This means avoiding 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.

Respectfully,

Josephine Greyeyes/LLRIB Emergency Response Team

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URGENT MESSAGE Welfare Day is still scheduled for April 1, 2020 – Office Closure March 23 – March 27, 2020

URGENT MESSAGE

Welfare Day is still scheduled for April 1, 2020

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, Social Development office is asking clients from La Ronge, Hall Lake and Sucker River that normally picked up their assistance cheques at the La Ronge and Hall Lake band offices to call in their banking information.

We are doing our best to come up with safe alternatives for cheque pick up for our clients. In order to limit the amount of clients coming in to pick up cheques we are willing to deposit your April assistance into your accounts.

If you have a CIBC or Conexus bank account, please call our office and provide us with this information.

We will need:
Treaty number
Full Name
Bank name
Account number
Transit number

Call 425-4077, 425-1169 or 425-1142

Sorry, we cannot deposit to any other banking institutions.
Clients with store accounts, your cheques will continue to go to the stores.

Office Closure March 23 – March 27, 2020

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, Social Development office will remain closed to the public from March 23 to March 27th.

Although we are not available for person to person communication, we have staff available to receive your phone calls and answer your questions regarding Income Assistance.

Please call 306-425-4077

Thank you, Social Development Staff

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COVID 19 Update – LLRIB Emergency Control Group

March 20, 2020

Re: COVID 19 Update – LLRIB Emergency Control Group

As we continue to navigate through unfamiliar territory and deal with this Pandemic, our Emergency Response Team has officially activated the LLRIB Emergency Response Plan. As a collective group, we want to assure the LLRIB membership that we are working hard to:

• Provide accurate and current information
• Make decisions based on the best interests of community members
• Address and validate concerns
• Access supplies such as:

o Cleaning and sanitation
o Medications (Tylenol) and Thermometers
o Traditional Medicine packages
o Non-perishable food items

With humility and understanding, we ask for your patience while acquiring these products. We are working with suppliers; however, inventory is scarce for cleaners/hand sanitizers and soaps. At this time, we wish to assure you that the food supply to the north is in tact and trucks are still coming into La Ronge three times per week. It has been requested by the retailers to buy what you need to sustain your family and not buy in bulk as ordering for the stores is limited as well.

We ask that all of our band members stay home and look after your families. It is understandable that you may have to leave your home for groceries or cleaning supplies but in order to “flatten the curve” (reduce the spread of the virus), we need to take measures to ensure we are all taking personal responsibility and limiting the risk of community transmission.

Again, as a reminder, please wash your hands frequently with soap and water as it is best prevention for transmitting the spread of the COVID 19 virus. Use hand sanitizer only in a public place and where soap and water are not accessible.

We strongly encourage you to practice “Social Distancing” by limiting social interactions, including: handshakes, fist pumps, hugs and kisses. We know how awkward that is for the general population as it is a common sign of respect and acknowledgment. In addition to the Government of Saskatchewan-announced restrictions, we are also advising you to 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.

As the door to door circulation of the initial communication has been completed for the LLRIB communities, it was time for another update. We would like to take this time to reassure you that we are very busy meeting/coordinating and trying address all issues and concerns.

Respectfully,
Josephine Greyeyes/LLRIB Emergency Response Team

Things to Note Regarding COVID 19

Guidelines and definitions

March 20, 2020 – A couple days ago, as the cases of COVID 19 continue to rise provincially, the Government of Saskatchewan declared a “State of Emergency”. The goal is to slow the spread of COVID 19 so the health care system does not become over-burdened. As such, gyms, fitness centers, casinos and bingo halls were closed. Limits on occupancy in restaurants, bars and events were mandated. Residents of Saskatchewan are being advised to not travel out of province. Crown corporations such as SaskPower, SaskTel and Sask Energy are implementing a zero interest 6 month deferral for utilities.

Today, the Government of Saskatchewan initiated new additional restrictions. Of note, the following are effective immediately: No public gatherings of than 25 people in one room, the closure of all nightclubs, bars and lounges, the suspension of in-person classes for primary and secondary educational institutes and restricted visits only at long-term care homes, hospitals, personal care homes and group homes. As well, regarding out-of-country travel, it is now mandatory to self-isolate for 14 days upon arriving back into Canada.

“Our window to flatten the curve is narrow. We have to act now,” Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam. Following Health and Social Distancing guidelines:

• Practicing proper handwashing (Soap and Water for 20-30 seconds)
• Social Distancing – Staying home and when it is necessary to be in public, staying 1 meter away from any other person
• Self-isolating to limit the spread of any virus and minimize community transmission
• You may not feel ill but if you are in contact you may transmit a virus to someone who is in a vulnerable state; Elders or those who have immune deficiencies
Lac La Ronge Indian Band is following many of these guidelines and limitations
• Closures:

o All LLRIB schools
o JRMCC Hall/Arena/Fitness Centre
o Keethanow Bingo North
o Keethanow Corner Store (Bell’s Point)
o Keethanow Lumber and Furniture

• Cancelling all events which participation would exceed the 25 person limit
• Limiting public access to all LLRIB buildings and public spaces

For general and/or health related questions or to assist an online Self-Assessment for COVID 19, the LLRIBHS Public Health Nurse can be contacted at (306)-425-1720. This is not as an alternative to 811 but a line where the RN can answer frequently asked questions and provide some advice.

Public Works & Housing Office Closure March 23 – March 27, 2020

Public Works & Housing
Office Closure March 23 – March 27, 2020

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Lac La Ronge Indian Band’s Emergency Control Group has instituted mandatory office closure effective March 23, 2020 through to Friday March 27, 2020. As such, our office will be closed but essential services will continue to be provided during this period and on weekends. Services to be provided include:

  • Water and Sewer operators will continue to run the plants and facilities.
  • Trucked water and sewer services will continue to be delivered.
  • Dog Control will be on-call.
  • Heavy Equipment will be on-call.
  • Maintenance will be on-call and will only report to emergencies such as:
    • furnace problems
    • sewage backups
    • severe water leaks
    • gas leaks

Please hold all other maintenance issues and report them during regular office hours when the office is reopened.
To reach the on-call staff, dial our office number at 306-425-2884 and your call will be transferred to the on-call cell phone.

PUBLIC WORKS / HOUSING
BOX 670, AIR RONGE
SASK. S0J 3G0
PHONE: (306) 425-2884
FAX: (306) 425-2777
#54 FAR RESERVE ROAD

Staff & Family Well-being

March 20, 2020

Staff & Family Well-being,

Lac La Ronge Indian Band is very proud of the dedication and support provided by the teachers, staff, and other staff members for our students during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. The caring and compassion you have demonstrated has been so supportive for students and families. We would like to take this time to thank you for all your hard work and to remind you to take of yourselves and one another. We care about you, therefore, please
consider the following ideas to support you and your family in the future.

• Practise self-compassion.

Even those who don’t typically struggle with anxiety may experience increased anxiety during uncertain times, so don’t be hard on yourself if you are feeling more worried or anxious than
usual.

https://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/infosheet/covid-19-and-anxiety

• Practise self-care.

It remains important to engage in health and relaxing activities that you enjoy. Consider a wide variety of fun, intellectually stimulating and physically active options such as reading, for leisure
and professional growth, cooking, exercise, meditation , and especially spending time in nature.

• Stay connected.

Stay connected with family and friends.

• Establish and maintain routines.

Keeping similar routines and developing healthy new routines and setting daily goals helps provide predictability and a sense of safety for you and your family.

Our goal in the next few weeks, is to check in with all staff and students .

Lac La Ronge Indian Band Education & Training Branch

Letter to LLRIB Education Staff

March 18, 2020

Dear Staff,

I would like to express my appreciation for your work and dedication to our students. We have been confronted with a number of challenges and are making every effort to support our children as we adapt to this ever-changing new reality.

LLRIB and Education has issued the following:

  • Starting Thursday, March 19, all LLRIB schools will pause educational operations until further. This one week away will allow the Response Planning Team to put in longer term plans to supports students, staff and families moving forward to ensure that no student’s education is negatively impacted by the closing of schools indefinitely.
  • All school staff stay home until end of day Friday, March 27. This includes teachers and all support staff.
  • All staff be assured that time at home will be paid in full and there will be no loss of benefits.
  • All Education Central office staff will continue to provide services.

Please be assured that LLRIB Education is consistently working together with LLRIB Health, LLRIB Administration, and regularly sharing information with NLSD #113 to maintain consistent and open lines of communication. We ask that you respect the uniqueness of the situation and the direction LLRIB Education is taking in support of all our LLRIB community members. On March 15, 2020 the Saskatchewan Chief Medical Health Officer indicated that school closures would be based on a number of factors including:

  • Evidence of sustained transmission within the community
  • Rapid increase of local cases
  • Transmission without a known link to travel or confirmed cases.

To date there is no evidence that any of the above three criteria have been met within any of our schools. However, as a preventative and proactive approach school closures will begin March 19th for Pre-K – grade 12.

All staff will be at home from Monday, March 23rd – Friday March 27th, 2020.  The intent of the week is to take a learning pause. Please take care of yourself and reassure family members with up to date and accurate information.  Please note daycare centres will remain open to support frontline staff workers.

Please check LLRIB.Com for regular updates and after Friday, March 20th parents can call the Public Health Services at 306-425-1720.

Please keep in contact with your principal by Friday, March 27th for updates on plans moving forward.

COVID 19 (Coronavirus) – INFORMATION

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

PUBLIC NOTICE – May 15, 2020 RE: LLRIB COMMUNICATION PROCESS

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

LLRIB COVID-19 Updates and Information

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

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

May 7, 2020 – The Danger of Partying During COVID-19. If you see someone hosting a party or large gathering and want to report it, call the RCMP non-emergency line at 310-7267

May 2, 2020  – Public NoticeDue to the COVID – 19 outbreaks within the northern region of Saskatchewan, including the Prince Albert Victoria Union Hospital, La Loche and Beauval areas:
Effective immediately, the Lac La Ronge Indian Band Emergency Control Group (LLRIB ECG) is Mandating that, any persons who have been to any of these areas or who are returning to the community from out of province, Self-Isolate for 14 days.

May 1, 2020 – Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)
What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.

April 29, 2020 RE: COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATEOn the recommendation of the LLRIB Election Tribunal, Chief and Council have set new dates for the 2020 LLRIB Chief and Council Elections: MAY 11-26, 2020

April 15, 2020 – Re: COVID 19 Update – LLRIB Emergency Control Group. The LLRIB Emergency Control Group is asking for your understanding and cooperation to address travel concerns in regards to the COVID 19 pandemic.

NITHA – Re: Upcoming Holiday Long Weekend – High Risk of COVID-19 Transmission at Family/Mass Gatherings

RE: Income Assistance COVID 19 Additional Assistance* – COVID 19 Additional Assistance will be provided for all La Ronge, Hall Lake and Sucker River Income Assistance clients

April 7, 2020 – Re: Emergency Assistance We have been flooded with calls since 8:00 a.m. this morning. We ask for your patience, as we have over 7000 applications/forms that must be taken. 

April 6, 2020 RE: COVID-19 PANDEMIC EMERGENCY ASSISTANCECHIEF AND COUNCIL ANNOUNCEMENT – COVID-19 Emergency Assistance will be provided for Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB) members.

Saskatchewan Housing Benefit

SaskPower Taking Steps to Help Customers during COVID-19

Housing Department – Rent Deferrals for Tenants in Band Housing – April 3, 2020

COVID -19 – COMMUNITY NOTICE – MARCH 30th, 2020

La Ronge – Welfare Day April 1, 2020 – KEETHANOW BINGO HALL WILL BE THE NEW PICK UP POINT

March 27, 2020 Re: COVID 19 Update – LLRIB Emergency Control Group – The LLRIB Emergency Control Group met again today to follow-up on action items, address concerns, have discussions and make action plans in regards to the COVID 19 pandemic.

March 27, 2020 – COVID 19 Update

CHIEF AND COUNCIL ANNOUNCEMENT March 26, 2020

March 25, 2020 Re: COVID 19 Update – LLRIB Emergency Control GroupThe LLRIB Emergency Control Group met today to address many of the concerns, have discussions and make action plans in regards to the COVID 19 pandemic. 

March 23, 2020 – Re: COVID 19 Update – LLRIB Emergency Control Group – The LLRIB Emergency Control Group meet regularly to address all concerns, discussions and related action plans in regards to COVID 19 pandemic. ⇒

URGENT MESSAGE URGENT MESSAGE Welfare Day is still scheduled for April 1, 2020 – Office Closure March 23 – March 27, 2020

LLRIB-Health Services: Prevention & Recovery

NITHA – Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines For Community Members

COVID 19 Update – LLRIB Emergency Control Group – March 20, 2020 – As we continue to navigate through unfamiliar territory and deal with this Pandemic, our Emergency Response Team has officially activated the LLRIB Emergency Response Plan. ⇒

Public Works & Housing Office Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Lac La Ronge Indian Band’s Emergency Control Group has instituted mandatory office closure effective March 23, 2020 through to Friday March 27, 2020. ⇒

Staff & Family Well-being – Lac La Ronge Indian Band is very proud of the dedication and support provided by the teachers, staff, and other staff members for our students during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. ⇒

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COVID-19: Saskatchewan Declares State of Emergency, Imposes Additional Measures to Protect Saskatchewan Residents… Read more ⇒

Letter to LLRIB Education StaffI would like to express my appreciation for your work and dedication to our students… Read more.

Information Re: COVID 19 – COVID 19 (Coronavirus) is a virus that is spread by contact and/or from a sneeze or cough of an infected person. Usually spreads from close person-to-person contact through respiratory droplets from coughing and sneezing…  Read more – http://llrib.com/corona-virus-information-package/

Precautionary Measures to curb and restrict the potential spread of the Coronavirus – COVID 19 in our communities: – http://llrib.com/precautionary-measures-to-curb-and-restrict-the-potential-spread-of-the-coronavirus-covid-19-in-our-communities/

Kitsaki Management Limited Partnership Stakeholder Communication COVID-19 Coronavirus –  http://llrib.com/kitsaki-management-limited-partnership-stakeholder-communication-covid-19-coronavirus-date-march-16-2020/

 

Kitsaki Management Limited Partnership Stakeholder Communication COVID-19 Coronavirus – Date: March 16, 2020

To our valued customers and key stakeholders:
Safety is a core value and a paramount priority of Kitsaki and its group of businesses. We would like to share measures Kitsaki has implemented until further notice to protect the health and safety of our employees, partners, customers, vendors and other key stakeholders.

A task force of representatives from each business has been formed and each business has a plan and measures in place during this COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to monitor the status of this virus through Saskatchewan Health, Health Canada, CDC and WHO websites and we will respond accordingly as the situation evolves.
Specific measures implemented by Kitsaki include:

1. Kitsaki offices are closed to visitors, unless specific arrangements are made. All in-person meetings have been cancelled, postponed or will conducted remotely.

2. Arrangements have been made for Kitsaki employees who are not ill to work from home.

3. Employees have been asked to follow healthy hygiene practices.
a. Hand sanitizer and disposal wipes have been made available in various locations in the office to disinfect hands, surfaces and objects.

b. Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

c. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

d. Avoid close contact with anyone with symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

e. Avoid personal contact with others, such as handshaking.

4. Employees who are sick are asked to notify their supervisor and stay home. Employees have been asked to notify their supervisor if the employee or a family member is sick at home with COVID-19.

5. All non-essential and non-production business travel is suspended and all air travel to or from the Province is suspended. Directives have been issued to employees with respect to personal travel.

6. Employees who have returned from outside Canada since March 13, 2020 are advised to self-quarantine and shall not return to work until 14 days from their return. Employees who have recently traveled to an affected area have been asked advised their supervisor and consult with their health care provider.

We will continue to communicate with you, our stakeholders, of changes to our responses as they occur. We at Kitsaki are confident and optimistic that together, Canadians will pull together to defeat this pandemic. Stay safe and healthy, friends.

Shawna Kay, BA – Executive Assistant to the CEO

Tel (306) 477-4599 Ext. 221

shawna.kay@kitsaki.com

Cell (306) 321-2142

www.kitsaki.com

References and Sources of Information:
1 CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html
2 Saskatchewan Health, https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus
3 CDD Traveler’s Health Notices, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
World Health Organization, https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Government of Canada, https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

Corona Virus information Package

Click Link to Print – Corona Virus information Package

Information Re: COVID 19
COVID 19 (Coronavirus) is a virus that is spread by contact and/or from a sneeze or cough of an infected person. Usually spreads from close person-to-person contact through respiratory droplets from coughing and sneezing. May also spread through airborne transmission, when tiny droplets remain in the air even after the person with the virus leaves the area.
Can only be diagnosed with a laboratory test.
How to protect yourself and your family
• Good hand washing practices
• Cough/sneeze into elbow bend
• Avoiding gatherings
• Stay home when feeling sick
It is important to remember that our Elders are most vulnerable and to be aware and do Elder checks to make sure they have the essentials they need in their home and assist with sanitizing where needed.

Social Distancing

(Reducing close contact between people to slow the spread of infections)

Things to avoid:

  • Handshakes/hugs
  • Sharing of personal hygiene products
  • Sleepovers
  • Group gatherings
  • Athletic events
  • Non-essential workers in your house

Make a Plan

There are simple, practical things you can do to prepare in case you or someone in your household becomes ill or if COVID-19 becomes common in your community:

  • Essential supplies (avoid panic buying)
  • Refill prescriptions and have some Tylenol/Cough syrup to manage a fever and/or cough
  • Alternative child/Elder care in case you as a caregiver become ill

Mental Health

If you are experiencing anxiety or feeling fear because of over stimulation or over exposure to media

  • Take a media break
  • Go for a walk
  • Have a nap
  • Do something you enjoy
  • Go for a snowmobile ride or go fishing (outdoor activities)

If you have questions or concerns regarding COVID 19

LLRIB-Health Services has designated a Registered Nurse to answer questions.  She will not be able to diagnose you but can assist with accurate information and provide you with further contact information if required.

Public Health Nurse LLRIBHS

306-425-1720