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IRC: Support Applications Funded to Date

Over the last four (4) days Inuvialuit Regional Corporation has worked with the local retailers

  • Stantons Distributing
  • NorthMart
  • Northwind gas station
  • Bob Gully’s gas station
  • Arctic Co-operative
  • ATBA Van Can gas station

To purchase bulk food orders under the Child First Initiative; food, gas and supplies for the On the Land Program; food and supplies for the Elders program.

We are now pausing the program until next week – as the Retailers need to re-stock their shelves and IRC staff need to catch up to their administrative paperwork.

  • Received, reviewed and processed 392 food baskets for Elders over 60
  • Received, reviewed and processed 293 Inuit Child First Initiative supports to family members in households with children under 18 years
  • Received, reviewed and processed applications to help 701 people to go On the Land
  • Providing funds to each Community Corporation to manage immediate Community Harvests.

For Elders outside the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, IRC’s Health & Wellness Division will be processing support benefits in a timely manner.

If you have applied for a program and received an auto reply, IRC has your application and you will not need to re-apply when support services resume.

Please be patient.

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Registering as a Gwich’in Participant

We have been receiving many inquiries regarding registering as a Gwich’in Participant in accordance with the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement (GCLCA). In order to register, please contact Jonean Greenland (Jonean.Greenland@gwichintribal.ca or 867-678-5270). She will provide you with the form to apply for registration.

There is a formal process that involves GTC receiving the completed application, information checking, review by the GTC Enrollment Committee and ultimately, applications that meet criteria are confirmed with a Resolution of the GTC Board. It is important that we follow the process; new applications will be received and processed in accordance with these established protocols.

There is a rush of new applications to ensure that families can be included in specific Covid-19 funding programs; in an effort to assist this process, GTC will forward the names of the new applicants to the relevant Community Designated Gwich’in Organization so that they might be included in the total numbers for funding applications that are tied to registration under the GCLCA. We hope that this assists eligible but non-registered Participants to access specific funding sooner than later.

Take care and we wish your families well!

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Immediate Investment Towards Handwashing made by NTI

(March 26, 2020 Iqaluit, Nunavut) NTI is immediately investing $1.25 million of the Indigenous Community Support Fund to Nunavut municipalities to ensure Inuit have a steady supply of clean water to wash hands.

“Water is a basic human right,” said NTI President Aluki Kotierk. “We are taking this emergency measure to ensure Inuit are able to wash their hands frequently to prevent COVID-19.”

NTI is working with the Nunavut Association of Municipalities (NAM). Municipalities will use the funds to ensure all households get daily water and sewer deliveries for the month of April, which may include hiring new drivers, extending delivery hours, paying overtime for drivers or ordering parts for trucks.

“Municipalities are the front line in the fight to prevent this pandemic,” said Kenny Bell, President of NAM. We appreciate the extra support from NTI to help our members increase their local prevention efforts in the next few weeks.”

Many Inuit are unable to take the most basic preventative measure of handwashing and cleaning hard surfaces due to the need to conserve water as a result of overcrowded houses, shared water and sewer tanks in multi-plexes, blizzards and inadequate municipal infrastructure. The COVID-19 global pandemic underscores the need for long-term sustainable investments to address the long-standing social and economic inequities faced by Nunavut Inuit.

NTI encourages Nunavummiut to practice social distancing and frequent hand-washing. Now is the time to be liberal with our water usage.

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Backgrounder

On March 25, the Government of Canada’s $82 billion emergency coronavirus support package received Royal Assent. It included a $305 million Indigenous Community Support Fund (ICSF) for Indigenous peoples to address urgent community needs.

Nationally, the Inuit allocation of the ICSF is $45 million.

On March 25, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) Board agreed that this $45 million would be divided among the four Canadian Inuit regions: Nunavut, Nunavik, Nunatsiavut and the Inuvialuit settlement region, in accordance with a previously agreed ITK funding formula. These monies will be paid directly by the Government of Canada to the four Inuit organizations.

Nunavut’s allocation is 52% or $22.5 million.

On March 25, the NTI Board divided Nunavut’s portion of the Indigenous Community Support Fund (ICSF), as follows:

Urban Inuit $2,505,000
Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. $6,012,000
Qikiqtani Inuit Association $6,132,544
Kivalliq Inuit Association $4,341,223
Kitikmeot Inuit Association $3,554,233

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For more information, please contact:

Malaya Mikijuk
Acting Director of Communications
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
Tel: (867) 975-4900 Toll-free: 1-888-646-0006
mmikijuk@tunngavik.com
www.tunngavik.com

Qajaaq Ellsworth
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of President Aluki Kotierk
Tel: (867-975-4900 Toll-free: 1-888-646-0006

qellsworth@tunngavik.com
www.tunngavik.com

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State of Emergency Declared in the Northwest Territories

Effective March 24, 2020, the Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA), Paulie Chinna, declared a territory-wide  State of Emergency under the Emergency Management Act to support ongoing efforts to protect public health in the Northwest Territories.

This decision does not indicate a significant change in circumstances or an increased risk to the people of the Northwest Territories.  The need to declare a state of emergency at this time is to make it more efficient to deploy resources to protect residents and enhance our response to the orders made by the Chief Public Health Officer.

This step has been taken to ensure the Emergency Management Organization (EMO) is better able to support the implementation of the orders issued by the Chief Public Health Officer to help slow the spread of COVID-19, and gives the EMO the authority to control and direct all persons, including the GNWT and public agencies involved in emergency management plans or programs under the Emergency Management Act.

At this time, all residents are urged to follow these Orders and all other direction and advice from the Chief Public Health Officer.

The State of Emergency will be in effect from March 24 through April 7, 2020.

Quotes

“It is really important that the Government of the Northwest Territories does everything it can to support our Chief Public Health Officer. This Order will give us additional authorities to help Dr. Kandola and make sure she is able to do everything she can to protect NWT residents.  Now is a time for us to move forward, calmly and steadily. It is a time for all Northerners to join together and support each other. Follow the advice and directions of health officials and emergency responders. Let’s be kind to one another and, as we have done so many times before, let us come together as a community to face this challenge together.”

  • Paulie Chinna, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs

“I want to assure the people of the Northwest Territories that all levels of Government are taking this pandemic very seriously, and doing what we can to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Declaring a state of emergency, as many other jurisdictions have, will help ensure that our officials have all the tools they need to do their jobs to protect and care for residents. We will continue to work closely with the Federal government, provinces and territories to ensure coordinated approaches to the pandemic.”

  • Caroline Cochrane, Premier

Quick Facts

  • The State of Emergency was declared on the recommendation of the head of the Emergency Management Organization, Ivan Russell.
  • Declaring a State of Emergency provides additional powers to the Minister and those designated by the Minister to do all acts and take all necessary proceedings, for the duration of the order, to deal with an emergency.
  • Steps already taken by the GNWT to support the implementation of the public health order include establishing isolation centres and putting measures in place to receive travellers at airports in Yellowknife, Inuvik, Hay River and Fort Smith, and at ground entry points to secure borders in Enterprise, Fort Smith, Liard and Dempster entry points.

Related links

Government of the Northwest Territories – Public Safety Notices, COVID-19 Information

For all COVID-19 Media Requests, Contact:

Cabinet Communications
Government of the Northwest Territories
presssecretary@gov.nt.ca

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Amid COVID-19 restrictions, TMAC keeps Nunavut gold mine going – Nunatsiaq News

26 March 2020

“Our company continually and daily assesses our ability to maintain operations”

TMAC Resources Inc.’s Hope Bay gold mining project near Cambridge Bay is continuing operations “at present,” under the mining company’s infectious disease control plan protocol, says Alex Buchan, the company’s vice-president for corporate social responsibility.

No incidence of COVID-19 has been reported to date at Hope Bay, Buchan said on Tuesday, March 24.

The western Nunavut mine’s Nunavut-based staff, roughly 60, have gone home as planned earlier, Buchan said.

The Northwest Territories’ travel restrictions announced this past weekend have not affected the mine’s southern crew change flights, he said.

But N.W.T.-based based Hope Bay workers are now required to self-isolate when back home on their off-rotation, he said.

Read More: https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/with-covid-19-restrictions-tmac-keeps-nunavut-gold-mine-going/

Northwest Territories Boundary Closure Exceptions for Smith’s Landing and Fort Fitzgerald

There have been many questions about the residents of northern Alberta communities who rely on Fort Smith for essential services.

Access to Essential Services Maintained

Smith’s Landing and Fort Fitzgerald residents are restricted from entering the NWT except to receive the following essential services in Fort Smith:

  • Gas
  • Health Services
  • Pharmacy Services
  • Groceries
  • Postal Services

Essential services regularly delivered to Smith’s Landing and Fort Fitzgerald residents from Fort Smith, such as fuel and water delivery, will continue.

All workers must maintain strict social distancing by keeping two metres, or six feet, between themselves and others while on-shift.

All Northwest Territories residents should be doing the same no matter where they work.

Travel Restrictions

Fort Smith residents are strongly advised not to visit Smith’s Landing or Fort Fitzgerald.

Smith’s Landing and Fort Fitzgerald residents can travel by air from the Fort Smith airport in transit to Alberta, via Hay River and Yellowknife, on the condition they have not traveled out of their community to other parts of Alberta in the last 14 days.

Special Authorizations

If Smith’s Landing and Fort Fitzgerald residents have traveled outside their community to another part of Alberta, they must be issued special authorization from the NWT Chief Public Health Officer to travel by air through the NWT. This will only be granted in emergency situations.

To get this kind of authorization, these residents can email protectnwt@gov.nt.ca.

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Nunavut to receive $22M in federal funding for pandemic, travel restrictions in effect – Nunatsiaq News

“Only go out if it’s absolutely necessary”

26 March 2020

Nunavut residents should respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in much the same way as a blizzard, says the territory’s chief public health officer.

“Hunker down and wait it out in that same fashion. Only go out if it’s absolutely necessary. Get your groceries, come back,” Michael Patterson said at a news conference on Wednesday, March 25.

“It will be a very long blizzard, but that’s a safer way to keep us all safe from spreading the disease.”

There are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the territory, and 166 people in Nunavut have been tested as of March 25, Premier Joe Savikataaq said. Fifty people have been cleared and 116 people are still in self-isolation.

The federal government also announced on March 25 that Inuit communities would receive $45 million in funding during the pandemic. Savikataaq said Nunavut will receive $22 million of that funding and is in discussions with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. President Aluki Kotierk on how it will be distributed.

Read More: https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/nunavut-to-receive-22m-in-federal-funding-for-pandemic-travel-restrictions-in-effect/

Education Minister and Education Leaders recommend NWT schools remain closed for remainder of school year

Minister of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) R.J. Simpson met with Northwest Territories (NWT) Education Leaders and the Northwest Territories Teachers’ Association (NWTTA) via teleconference on Tuesday, March 24 to discuss the status of JK-12 education in the territory as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency.

Education Leaders included Chairs of the Tłı̨chǫ Community Services Agency, Dettah and Ndilo District Education Authorities (DEAs), the Commission scolaire francophone des Territoires du Nord-Ouest, Beaufort Delta Education Council, Dehcho Divisional Education Council, South Slave Divisional Education Council, Sahtu Divisional Education Council, Yellowknife Education District No. 1 and Yellowknife Catholic Schools, as well as NWTTA President.

Due to the significant health concerns posed by COVID-19 and the importance of following direction from the Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) on social distancing as a way to keep students, staff and communities safe, Education Leaders have agreed with the recommendation from Minister Simpson that schools be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Education Leaders have shared the recommendation with District Education Authorities, who hold the authority under the Education Act to close NWT schools. Closures are being announced individually by respective education councils.

Minister Simpson, Education Leaders and the NWTTA recognize the serious impact school closures will have on students, parents, staff and communities, and have agreed that a plan is required to support continued learning for all students, especially those in Grade 12, to achieve their education and career goals.

ECE continues to meet daily with NWT education superintendents and the NWTTA to discuss support for essential services, continuity of educational programming and ongoing communication. These plans continue to be adjusted as new information and direction is provided by the CPHO.

While the immediate priority is not to provide lessons or give instruction it is necessary to identify and secure essential services for supporting students and communities. All parties share the strong interest of parents and communities in ensuring opportunities for continued learning. The NWTTA has advised that teachers are prepared and willing to help students and communities however they can during this unprecedented time.

ECE will continue to work with the NWTTA and education bodies to find options for providing educational programming to all NWT students, particularly those in Grade 12. This includes reviewing what’s being done in other jurisdictions, especially Alberta, whose curriculum and major assessment tools are used for the majority of NWT education programming.

ECE will also be working to coordinate with post-secondary institutions across Canada in an effort to ensure the smoothest transition possible for those graduating this year. Minister Simpson continues to have weekly calls with Canadian Education Ministers to discuss ways to ensure students graduating high school this year are able to advance to post-secondary institutions.

The continuation of meal programs, along with counselling and other health and wellness programming, have been identified by ECE, the CPHO and education bodies as essential to NWT communities, and work is ongoing to identify which positions and individuals will be involved in providing these programs and services during school closures.

ECE will continue to provide updates to parents, communities and education bodies as plans are developed and implemented.

Quote:

“The COVID-19 situation in the Northwest Territories has evolved substantially since the initial closure of schools on March 16. As new public health advisories and orders are put in place, including the declaration of a public health emergency, the closure of the NWT border and the cancellation of all gatherings, we must continue to make difficult decisions to protect the health and safety of our residents. I am grateful to the NWT Education Leaders for their dedication and commitment to ensuring the well-being of our students, staff and communities in deciding to close schools for the remainder of the school year. As Minister, I remain committed to working with our education bodies to provide students and communities with the programs and services they need to succeed throughout this unprecedented time.”

– Hon. R.J. Simpson, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment

Quick Facts:

  • The Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) of the NWT made the recommendation that schools remain closed until after Easter Break as a precautionary measure to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19.
  • On March 21, the CPHO issued an order to close the border and require all NWT residents returning from outside the territory to self-isolate for 14 days. This current order from the CPHO applies to all school staff and students returning from travel. A significant number of school employees were out of the territory on spring break when these travel restrictions were ordered, and are therefore currently self-isolating.
  • ECE and education bodies continue to work together on continuity planning in relation to JK-12 class cancellation. All options for continued provision of educational services, including potential alternative learning plans, are currently being explored.

Links:

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COVID-19 GN Update – March 25, 2020

There are still no known confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

The total number of people under investigation to date is 166. 116 people are currently under investigation, while 50 people are no longer under investigation.

Travel restrictions to Nunavut are now in effect.

If Nunavut residents and critical employees have not already made arrangements, they should contact CPHOTravelRequests@gov.nu.ca for direction about isolation and travel.

Students studying outside of Nunavut and want to travel home should contact fans@gov.nu.ca if they haven’t made arrangements already.

For Kitikmeot students studying in Nunavut: If you want to return to your region, you need to contact fans@gov.nu.ca immediately. A charter is being arranged from Rankin Inlet, so you can avoid going through Yellowknife. The FANS office will help make your travel arrangements.

Payments to our government’s vendors are now being paid immediately. We have waived the normal 20-30 day payment terms, to make sure they are paid as quickly as possible.

I’ve had questions about whether people in our smaller communities need to practice social and physical distancing. The answer is ABSOLUTELY YES. It’s vital that everyone do this. COVID-19 does not discriminate in any way, including community size.

I also want to ask parents, guardians and community members to please take the time to talk to children about social distancing and why it’s so important. I know it’s hard for them; I have young grandchildren. But they need to practice staying two metres away from their friends and family as well. Otherwise, these efforts won’t work in our communities.

In closing, I want to say this: To those who are purposely ignoring our calls to self-isolate, to stay home and to practise social and physical distance, I have this to say: DON’T be part of the problem. DON’T actively put your friends, family and community in harm’s way. Make sure YOUR behaviour isn’t dangerous and unacceptable. Stay home. There is no excuse.

Social distancing is our best defensive against COVID-19.

As part of the Government of Nunavut’s (GN) effort to protect Nunavummiut against the risk of COVID-19, GN Departments are implementing the following:

Department of Health Services

Ongoing services:

  • Access to health care services will remain available in all communities seven days a week.
  • All non-urgent requests will be triaged daily.
  • Immediate access to urgent and emergent health care services are and will continue to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • All clients are asked to call before presenting at a health facility.
  • In Iqaluit, public health, the emergency room and inpatient unit will remain open.
  • Well baby clinics, prenatal visits and immunizations are continuing across Nunavut.
  • Physicians will continue community visits. If this is not possible, the visits will be conducted by telehealth or by phone.

Adjusted services:

  • Appointments at health facilities are being triaged; this means the appointment may be over the phone or in person.
  • Medical travel services have been reduced to urgent medical travel only. Clients will be advised of these changes and involved in discussions
  • In Iqaluit, outpatient clinics and rehab are triaging all appointments and conducting appointments. Lab and Diagnostic Imaging services at QGH are on reduced services. All upcoming appointments are being triaged.
  • MHA has moved to telephone check-in and support for some clients. Scheduled appointments for medication pick up and administration remain the same. If you are in crisis, present to the health centre.
  • Home visits to administer medications will be treated on a case-by-case basis.

Closed /Cancelled/Suspended services:

  • All non-emergent Obstetrics comprehensive ultrasounds (all regions) are temporarily postponed. All pending appointments are being assessed by Chief of Obstetrics.
  • The Wednesday evening clinics at QGH have been suspended until further notice

Department of Justice Services

  • All local community corrections offices are closed to the public until further notice. All community corrections clients are to report by phone to their Regional Managers.
  • The list of contacts can be found at: https://www.gov.nu.ca/justice

Department of Finance Services

  • At this time the Iqaluit NULC beer and wine store will continue to operate with enhanced social distancing measures in effect. Customers are requested to stand at least two meters apart while waiting in line outside the store. Starting March 25, 2020, the store will not be accepting cash.
  • For payments due to vendors – We have waived the normal 20 and 30-day payment terms to ensure all vendor payments are provided on the next available cheque run. For any outstanding invoices, vendors can contact the departments with the contact information here – https://gov.nu.ca/sites/default/files/departmental_contact-eng.pdf.
  • For monies owing to the GN – The GN is not pursuing any internal collection activity at this time. All accounts that have been transferred to our collection agency and CRA have been placed on hold.

Ongoing services:

  • Iqaluit NULC beer and wine store hours are as follows:
    • Sunday – Closed
    • Monday – Closed
    • Tuesday – Noon to 7 p.m.
    • Wednesday – Noon to 7 p.m.
    • Thursday – Noon to 7 p.m.
    • Friday – Noon to 7 p.m.
    • Saturday – Noon to 7 p.m.

Adjusted services:

  • To reduce and prevent the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, the NULC beer and wine store has implemented social distancing measures in the store . NULC will be limiting the number of customers allowed in the store at a time.
  • Customers are requested to stand at least two meters apart while waiting in line outside the store. Starting March 25, 2020, the store will not be accepting cash.
  • Liquor import permits will be available for purchase in Iqaluit and Rankin Inlet in person or over the phone.
    • Iqaluit – in person at the NULC store on Monday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday to Friday from 9 to 11 a.m.
    • Iqaluit – by phone at 867-975-6869
    • Rankin Inlet – by phone at 867-645-8575 or 855-844-5488 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.
  • The NULC will continue to process community orders. To place an order, please call 867-645-8575 or 855-844-5488.

Department of Education Services

Ongoing services:

  • Bus service contracts will continue to be paid during the three-week school closure.

Department of Community and Government Services

  • Core service delivery continues
  • CGS Local Government continues to maintain regular contact with hamlets to keep residents informed on emerging COVID-related municipal issues

Nunavummiut’s health is our shared responsibility! Remember: wash your hands and surfaces, practise social distancing, listen to the advice of health officials, and stay home if you’re sick.

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GWNT Virtual Care

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is now offering virtual care to support social distancing!

This will reduce the need to travel for care, and replace in-person appointments – where appropriate – with phone, telemedicine, or apps (such as WhatsApp or FaceTime).

For more information see: www.nthssa.ca/virtual-care

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