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LLRIB Annual Report 2019

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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

 

 

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?

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

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

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PUBLIC NOTICE

May 15, 2020

RE: LLRIB COMMUNICATION PROCESS

The Chief and Councillors are the elected government of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB). The function of the Chief and Council is to provide good governance for the Band including but not limited to making by-laws, strategic planning and fiscal management.

Over time, the LLRIB Chief and Council has developed an organizational structure to facilitate the efficient operation of programs and to encourage effective communication between the band, as an employer, its employees and the general band membership. To carry out the political and legislative decisions made by the Chief and Council, a public/civil service has been established and is headed by an Executive Director, who has overall operational responsibilities of the band.

Each band department is under the direction of a Program Director. The Program Directors report to the Executive Director with respect to their particular program. Directors do not have the ability to pass a bylaw that can be enforced; this is the role of Chief and Council. It should also be noted here, some situations differ slightly depending on the community. In sum, this is how the band operations are set up structurally.

In terms of the communication process, typically it is the duly-elected chief or, when required, a delegated councillor, who serves as the official spokesperson for the community and the organization. At this time, LLRIB is currently undergoing a leadership selection process and with Chief and Council out of office, the authority is then delegated to the Executive Director.

This year, however, brought forward new circumstances with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. On the March 20, while council was in campaign mode, LLRIB senior management (now referred to as LLRIB Emergency Control Group) implemented its Emergency Response Plan.

That plan also has a communication piece and through this, it was agreed at the time, the LLRIB Emergency Control Group, which includes the Executive Director and the Health Director, will communicate collectively through this process on all related pandemic matters. We are in a pandemic situation. There is no real value for any member of the Emergency Control Group to speak out or respond individually on social media regarding private and personal pandemic experiences as they may arise from time to time.

Once the newly-elected or incumbent Chief and Council returns back to office, the typical communication process will resume for these elected officials to speak on situations and matters as they usually do. Lastly, the LLRIB Emergency Control Group will continue its current and united communication process until further advised.

Thank you for your time and consideration on this matter.

Kevin Roberts
Communications Coordinator
LLRIB Emergency Control Group

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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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