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The Chief’s message to Citizens regarding COVID-19

March 12, 2020

Message to Citizens:

NNDFN Planning for COVID-19

Dear Citizens,

First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun (FNNND) is taking a cautionary approach to plan and prepare for the COVID-19 virus. There are currently no cases of COVID-19 in the Yukon, and there is no imminent threat to our communities. However, the situation could change quickly, and we want to be prepared in case circumstances change.

An immediate precaution, we are reviewing any plans for large meetings, including the NT Gathering tentatively scheduled for April. Smaller community-based events, including Spring Break Camp, will carry on based on current knowledge of the situation. We are taking additional steps to ensure the most sanitary conditions at all FNNND facilities and when serving food.

Within the government, we are implementing additional precautions for our staff and leadership, including restricting all work-related travel outside the Yukon Territory and ensuring sick staff stay home.

Many other steps are underway at FNNND to plan and prepare for the week to come. We are making the health of our Elders and vulnerable Citizens a top priority.

What can you do?

We all have a role to play in keeping ourselves and our communities healthy and safe. Please wash your hands often with soap and water, cough and sneeze into your arm or a tissue, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, avoid close contact with people who are sick, and monitor yourself and family members for symptoms.

We also encourage you to keep yourself informed. Good sources of information include:

We care about our Citizens and are committed to communicating with you and sharing more information. Please watch for more information as our efforts continue.


Chief Simon Mervyn

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