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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?

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

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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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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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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 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