FHQTC COVID-19 UPDATES

The File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council recognizes the current environment of COVID-19 pandemic that is now within the Saskatchewan borders is concerning for many.

We must remember, the immediate actions by many to unite in our efforts to mitigate the health impact to ourselves, our families, our work environments and member First Nations, will make a difference. We encourage every individual to do their part to learn how they can mitigate the spread of the virus. There are many reliable resources out there to maintain current up to date information—one is the Government of Saskatchewan’s site www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus

If you are experiencing symptoms, please use the Government of Saskatchewan’s Self-Assessment Tool and call 811 for further direction.

Saskatchewan Re-Opening Plan – Government of Saskatchewan LINK  –  PDF Plan Download

Though the Government of Saskatchewan has introduced a “Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan”, we strongly encourage everyone to maintain social distancing practices, firm & disciplined preventative measures, as well as regular cleaning/disinfecting. This will help mitigate the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

FHQTC ANNOUNCEMENTS

We take the health and safety of our people very seriously and have implemented extra precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

COVID-19 INFO

Helpful Documents:

Resources - Domestic and Gender-Based Violence
We would like to take this time to share useful resource information for families. During this time of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 virus, we have seen its impacts to every aspect of our day to day lives; which can bring different levels of anxiety, fear and stress. Unfortunately, these levels of stress can result in domestic violence situations. We want you to know there are valuable resources available and urge you to reach out when you need. Here is a list of the organizations and their telephone numbers - PDF DOWNLOAD

Diabetes Information PDF DOWNLOAD
Did you know the Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (ADI) Team is still available to you during the pandemic? Our goal is to make you feel supported, and help you manage your diabetes during this difficult time! We are still checking our voicemails, please leave a message for us with your name, phone number, community, and any questions you have. We will call you back with answers and support!

Kristal Dickie- Community Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator: (306) 332-2448
Emily Gloade- Registered Nurse & Certified Diabetes Educator: (306) 332-2618
Maggie Bellefountaine- Community Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator: (306) 332-2669
Taletha Bennett- Community Dietitian: (306) 332-8277

COVID-19 - Accessing Financial Benefits and Support During the COVID-19 Outbreak
On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.

Planning a Funeral During a Pandemic: Information & Recommendations
We understand these are tough times, and in the midst of heavy restrictions and uncertainty, losing a loved one can be a difficult process. Planning for funerals during a global pandemic with heavy restrictions will inevitably mean that the process will have to change. Working with Healthcare Professionals, Knowledge Keepers, and Environmental Public Health Professionals, we have developed some helpful information and recommendations to assist you during this difficult time.

BORDER CONTROLS ARE NOT BLOCKADES
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We would like to remind the public that Border Controls on Reserve are not to be confused with blockades. We ask the public to kindly respect the border controls, they are performing an important task with great personal risk to keep a larger population safe. Each Nation with border controls will have different guidelines, regulations, and criteria. We ask all visitors to call the destination Nation beforehand, if you are unsure. Contact information for each one of our Member Nations can be found at: https://fhqtc.com/member-first-nations/

FHQTC POSTPONES ALL PUBLIC EVENTS AS PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC
OFFICIAL STATEMENT

In the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic and in the interest of taking responsible, pro-active measures to ensure the health and safety of our communities, youth, Elder’s, and most vulnerable peoples, the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council made the decision to postpone all events until further notice.

The Tribal Council offers programs and services through its location in Fort Qu’Appelle, as well as within the City of Regina, to citizens (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) within Southern Saskatchewan. We are working together to ensure all citizens we serve are informed and have access to essential services during this time.

FHQTC CLOSING ALL OFFICES TO THE PUBLIC AS PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC. ESSENTIAL SERVICES TO REMAIN OPERATIONAL
OFFICIAL STATEMENT

(Treaty 4 Territory) By order of FHQ Tribal Council Leadership, the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council will close all offices to the public as precautionary measures to the COVID-19 pandemic at 12 noon until further notice. However, essential services will remain operational.

Our public offices include:
• FHQTC Head Office – Treaty 4 Governance Centre, 740 Sioux Ave. Fort Qu’Appelle, SK.
• FHQTC Urban Office and FHQ Developments – 490 Hoffer Drive. Regina, SK.
If you would like to contact one of our departments, programs, and/or services, or for more information, please call (306) 332-8200.
Essential health services such as the All Nations Healing Hospital, and the Pasikow Maskwa Healing Centre will remain open. Dialysis will only be open for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Please contact the Pasikow Maskwa Healing Centre for up-to-date dialysis information at (306) 332-8400

For all facility bookings, programs, and services delivered and offered through Regina Treaty/Status Indian Services (RT/SIS)/The Gathering Place, please contact (306) 522-7494 for more information.

We take the health and safety of our people very seriously and have implemented extra precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
ALL NATIONS HEALING HOSPITAL SERVICES TO REMAIN OPERATIONAL
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(Treaty 4 Territory) All Nations Healing Hospital services to remain operational, however, leadership of the All Nations Healing Hospital (ANHH) will be postponing non-essential gatherings currently hosted by ANHH. We will be implementing portions of our Pandemic Plan including implementation of the SHA Travel Order for physicians, employees, volunteers and students. ANHH services will remain operational.

ANHH services included in the mandatory operational procedures, with enhanced precautions include:
• Acute Care
• Emergency Services
• Home Care Services
• FHQ Health Services, including, but not limited to;
o Environmental Services
o Cultural Services
o Water Quality Testing

The Pasikow Maskwa Healing Centre will remain open. Dialysis will only be open for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Please contact the Pasikow Maskwa Healing Centre for up-to-date dialysis information at (306) 332-8400

For more information, please contact All Nations Healing Hospital at – (306) 332-5611
Regina Treaty/Status Indian Services Inc.
Public Notice- March 17, 2020
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In response to the global CoVid-19 pandemic, we at the Regina Treaty Status Indian Services, Inc. are altering the ways we provide service to our clients and community. Our commitment is to ensure at the very least, the essential services we provide to the community, are delivered in the safest and most effective manner to our clients, our community and our staff.

For the week of March 16-20, 2020:
• Public usage of our facility is limited to students who attend the Treaty Four Education Centre and clients who have appointments with specific staff members.
• New clients will need to phone first and book an appointment and do an over- the-phone intake session.
• There will be no walk-in services available.
• All of our evening, after hours and group programs are suspended until further notice.
• We will be contacting all our existing clients by phone to discuss your needs and our ability to provide services at this time.
• We will be providing information to all our clients about emergency services available and emergency phone numbers.
• Our general phone number is 306-522-7494. You can phone this number at any time, leave a message and we will return your call. If you have specific concerns about your situation and are an existing client, please call your staff member contact as soon as possible.
• Until further notice, RTSIS staff will be available to work with you by phone.
• Specific services such as Good Food Box will be communicated directly with clients.

We will be providing regular updates on our FaceBook page.

As we all know, the situation regarding COVID-19 in the city of Regina is constantly changing. Our staff meet every morning for a communications and assessment meeting. We will inform the community if there are any alterations to our essential services plan.

We encourage all of our clients to feel free to call their RT/SIS contact with any concerns or issues that need to be addressed. Good and effective communication is essential for all of our well being.

Please stay safe, stay well and take care of yourself and your families.
PRECAUTIONARY STEPS YOU CAN DO WITHIN YOUR DAILY ROUTINE AND/OR HOME

*Please take the time to take these preventative measures (via Health Canada):
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 30 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food.
o use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available when coughing or sneezing:
• Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand.
o dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
• Clean the following high-touch surfaces frequently with regular household cleaners or diluted bleach (1 part bleach to 9 parts water):
o Toys, phones, electronics, door handles, television remotes, coffee/bedside tables, etc.

Helpful links:
Government of Saskatchewan: COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool
Government of Canada: COVID-19 Prevention and Risks
Government of Saskatchewan: Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan
Government of Canada: Vulnerable Populations and COVID-19
Government of Canada: How to isolate at home when you have COVID-19
Government of Canada: Reduce the spread of COVID-19 – Wash your hands
Government of Canada: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) INFORMATION
Government of Saskatchewan: Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) INFORMATION
Government of Saskatchewan: School Closures Announcement and Information
Mental wellness during a pandemic slow down and pause can bring about mental wellness challenges.

If you wish to speak to a councillor in the White Raven Healing Centre, please call (306) 332-2608 or toll free 1-866-748-8922. Alternatively, you can call 811 for further directions on who you can speak too for support.

Below is a list of downloadable pdf documents for your information:
Mental Wellness During COVID-19 - Community
Mental Wellness During COVID-19 - Parents and Children
Mental Wellness During COVID-19 - Health Professionals
Mental Wellness During COVID-19 - Elders and Seniors