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January 9, 2021 Covid-19 Update


Good Evening,

Today we have 10 new cases and 6 recoveries of COVID-19.

Of these numbers,

La Ronge on-reserve has 2 new cases and 4 recoveries, total 54 active

Grandmother’s Bay has 4 new cases, total 18 active

Little Red has 2 new cases, total 4 active

Stanley Mission has 2 new cases and 2 recoveries with 3 in hospital, total 16 active

Thank you to our health care teams who are doing amazing work during a very stressful time. We are beyond proud and grateful for all that they do.

Please follow the advice of the public health care teams who are working tirelessly to help slow the spread of COVID 19, which can be a very serious health risk.

Please do your part and do not visit outside of your household, stay safe, wear your mask, wash your hands often and keep a social distance from others.

We are all in this world pandemic together and we will get through this together.


Chief Tammy Cook-Searson, Council and Emergency Control Group


Public Service Announcement – October 15, 2020

Click Link to Print – Public Service Announcement Oct 15 Sucker River

October 15, 2020

Dear Parents, Staff and Students,

Our community of Sucker River has 4 confirmed cases of Covid-19 as of 8 pm, Thursday October 15. There have been no confirmed cases at Chief Moses Ratt school. However, to support the leadership’s efforts to limit travel of staff coming in and out of the community we will have no school for Friday October 16, 2020.

Our staff will use this time to review and strengthen our safety protocols and procedures. LLRIB Education will continue to monitor the situation in the community and provide an update before Monday October 19. Please be assured we at LLRIB Education are continually working with LLRIB Health and in constant communication with Sucker River community leadership to do what is best for our students, staff and community members. The health, safety, and wellbeing of all students, staff and community remains our top priority.

All other LLRIB schools (SMVS, BPES and SRS) will remain open. We will continue to follow the guidelines of the LLRIB Education COVID-19 Emergency Plan and we will continue to adhere to health precautions and being ever more mindful to respect and follow all health guidelines. If your child is sick keep them at home and contact your respective school to provide an update. If your child shows symptoms such as; fever, cough, runny nose, breathing difficulties, chills, body aches and diminished smell we strongly advise that you call Health Line 811 or their
community Health Centre at (306) 425-1720.

Simon D. Bird B.Ed. M.Ed. M.N.G.D
Lac La Ronge Director of Education

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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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


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.


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!


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


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”.

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.


LLRIB Emergency Control Group

Josephine Greyeyes – Emergency Coordinator

Kevin Roberts – Communications Coordinator
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