We are providing this update as follow-up to our call at 1:00 pm EST/ 12:00pm CST on Monday, March 23, 2020.
Information will be continuously updated at http://www.nan.on.ca/covid19
- Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) has a process in place to follow up on issues and requests about COVID-19 via firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The province of Ontario has declared that all non-essential workplaces and businesses must close effective Tuesday March 24th at 11:59 pm for 14 days. NAN is following up on the detailed list that will be released tomorrow, March 24.
- Musselwhite Mine is suspending most operations at the site, they will not be completely shut down as they need to maintain vital infrastructure.
- NAN is following up on how to implement/enforce measures communities have put in place to keep their community safe (blocked entrances, non-essential travel, etc.).
How to Contact NAN & NAN COVID-19 Task Force
- Please send all inquiries regarding COVID-19 to email@example.com
- This e-mail will be constantly monitored. All inquiries will be directed to the appropriate resources who will respond as quickly as possible.
NAN COVID-19 Task Team
An update was provided by Michelle Gervais:
- Best practices must continue to be followed including hygiene and social distancing.
- All non-essential travel should be discontinued in and out of the community.
- There should be no gatherings greater than 20 people, including church.
- Options for additional screening for individuals that come off flights from Sioux Lookout or Timmins will be followed up on by the COVID-19 Task Team.
- ISC announced the process to access emergency funding on March 20. A memo was distributed to NAN Chiefs & Tribal Councils along with the funding guidebook.
- Wabun Tribal Council developed a template that has been approved to share with other NAN communities and is attached to this memo.
- NAN will continue to work with Wawatay Radio to arrange times to do live broadcasting.
- Public service announcements in Oji-Cree and Ojibway are available on the NAN website that can be used on local radio stations. NAN is working on completing the translation into Cree.
- We will be circulating a memo regarding the NAN communication process with Federal and Provincial governments so that all Communities, Tribal Councils and Health Authorities are aware and can contribute to the process.
- Information has been sent to all NAPS officers instructing on how to self-isolate and monitor.
- Officers residing in southern Ontario have been mandated to self-isolate for 14 days prior to going into a NAN community for their shifts.
- 4 emergency relief teams are being developed to assist with surge capacity.
- A long-term strategy will be developed to keep officers in the region and available for response in communities.
- NAPS expressed the requirement of exceptional circumstances funding.
- Grand Chief will follow up with Minister Jones.
- NAPS will continue to follow up with the OPP to determine their processes in protecting the NAN communities that have OPP detachments from COVID-19.
- The province of Ontario is in direct discussion with school boards to determine next steps including graduations, graduation requirements and working towards solutions so that no student loses a school year.
- Provincial funding will not be cut and will continue into the next year.
- Ontario will work with Oshki-Wenjack regarding student placement hours.
- NAN will continue to follow up and provide updates going forward.
Urban Community Members
- NAN is gathering information from municipalities and urban organizations on supports for urban member and will share as soon as possible.