Last update: April 1, 2020

Please contact your health care provider, local public health office or call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 if you have concerns about your personal health situation.

If you are seeking non-medical information about COVID-19, please contact the provincial number, open 7 days a week from 7:30 am to 8 pm, 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319).

Message from the Tahltan Nation COVID-19 Emergency Management Team

Tahltan Leadership understands and shares your concerns. We are committed to coming together as one to protect our Territory from this virus. We must remain calm, stick together and support each other. We will get through this trying time together.


Tahltan Territory Restrictions

  • Tahltans in Territory are required to stay at home, with the exception of essential services and going to the supermarket and or medical facilities. Going out on the land with family you are self-isolating with is okay.
  • Tahltans in Territory are required to social distance. Public gatherings of 2 or more people are forbidden.
  • Tahltans in Territory are required to remain in Territory and do their shopping in our community supermarkets.
  • Tahltan who are outside of Territory are required to remain where they are and follow all provincial social distancing guidelines.
  • If returning from work camp or arriving in Territory for any reason, self-isolate for 14 days

Latest Updates

The Tahltan Nation COVID-19 Emergency Management Team (TNCEMT) meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. They brief the Nation on Tuesdays and Fridays. The TNCEMT is comprised of leadership from the Iskut Band, Tahltan Band and the Tahltan Central Government.

The 3 Nations provides information and constant updates.

Red Chris established an Emergency Management Team (EMT) of key management, in conjunction with their medical provider Iridia Medical and the Newcrest Corporate Office. They are working on a Communicable Disease Control Plan (CDP) and applicable action plans. The Red Chris EMT meets twice daily, amending their response as necessary, and send regular updates.

We post all the latest updates below.


How you can help

  • Remain at home
  • Wash your hands
  • Cover your cough or sneeze
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Support each other

HealthlinkBC’s guide to handwashing

Self-assessment tool

Use this self-assessment tool to help you decide whether or not you should be tested for COVID-19.

Online Assessment Tool

Further Guidance for Self Isolating


Community Support & the Tahltan Nation COVID-19 Emergency Management Team

The Tahltan Nation COVID-19 Emergency Management Team (TNCEMT) meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The TNCEMT is comprised of leadership from the Iskut Band, Tahltan Band and the Tahltan Central Government. The team is committed to:

1. Working together as one–while including all relevant stakeholders and experts–to prevent the spread of the virus and, in the event that it does reach our Territory, to ensure that we are prepared; and

2. Holding regular meetings and providing briefings to our Nation.

Tahltan Leadership continues to be in talks with Premier Horgan and various Ministers, advocating for the Tahltan, Kaska and Tlingit Nations and the unique challenges our remote locations pose. The Premier has followed through on his commitment to President Day and has put the Tahtlan Nation in direct contact with Dave Peterson Emergency Management BC Assistant Deputy Minister Office Recovery, Planning and Disaster Reduction.

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) provided the 3 Nations (Tahltan, Kaska, Tlingit) with $100,000 dollars to support pandemic planning work. This is on top of the money ISC sent directly to the Iskut Band and Tahltan Band. 3 Nations contracted a company with pandemic planning experience to provide all three Nations with expert advice and assistance. Feddie Louie represents the Tahltan Nation on the 3 Nations COVID-19 Technical Team. Christine Ball and Nancy Quock represent the Tahltan Band and Peggy Abou, Natasha Callbreath, Maggie Dennis, and Annabel Nole represent Iskut.


Resources


Closures & Cancellations

All events on Territory are currently cancelled.


Message from the TCG Lands Department

We understand that a lot of people are using their newfound time to get out and go hunting. During this crisis is worth reminding everyone to respect wildlife, take only what you need and use all that you take. Please be aware that cows are pregnant during this period. Allowing them to produce calves will help the declining populations recover. Aerial surveys show that 75% of all moose close to the communities are cow/calves. In addition, please be safe when out on the land as grizzly bears will be waking up from hibernation.

A guide to being Safe on the Land while social distancing from Hotıì ts’eeda (credit https://nwtspor.ca/)

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