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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Caribou Habitat ART CONTEST – Deadline Extended to JUNE 20, 2020

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Caribou Habitat

ART CONTEST

Share your artwork with the Prince Albert Model Forest so we can protect caribou habitat and show what makes caribou important to your First Nation

PRIZES!

Grocery gift cards – Restaurant gift cards – Art Set

Up to $50 value each!

  • Your artwork will be part of a visual story that includes the values, vision and action needed in caribou habitat management.
  • This visual story will also inform the Caribou Habitat Management Range Plan for Northern Saskatchewan (SK1) and the SK2 Central plan
  • Artwork can include drawings, paintings, beadwork and anything that can be digitally entered into a poster format
  • Deadline for submissions is JUNE 20, 2020
  • For more information, please contact Sarah Schmid
    c: 306.314.9181     e: schmid099@gmail.com

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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

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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Who to Call About COVID-19

The wait times for 811 have been addressed and as per SHA there should be no wait time now.

LLRIBHS has initiated its own COVID-19 Health Line and the Public Health Nurse is able to do an assessment and refer patients for testing at the La Ronge Test Center, please call 306-425-1720 to speak to a Public Health Nurse in English or Cree.

The SPSA line can answer questions regarding the NSAD road blocks.

 

May 11, 2020 – *RE: Income Assistance COVID 19 Additional Assistance*

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May 11, 2020
*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 for the month of May.

This assistance will be in the form of a purchase order. Each adult will receive $150 to purchase groceries and cleaning supplies.

La Ronge clients will have their PO sent to Keethanow Store. Hall Lake clients will have their PO sent to Hall Lake Gas Bar and Sucker River clients will have their PO sent to Sucker River Store.

There is no need to call in to register for this additional assistance. If you are an active income assistance client, you will receive it.

Purchase orders will be released to the stores Tuesday, May 13, 2020. There is no need to pick up PO slips at the Social Development office.

Social Development Staff

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