Wednesday, April 1, 2020  |  Updates and Information from the Athabasca Tribal Council
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Financial Supports during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Both the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta announced financial supports for peoples who have had their livelihoods affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. 
To make it easy for ATC Members we have described and linked the potential benefits in this newsletter. 
We will continue to update this information as it becomes available on our website. 

The Government of Canada's Supports for Indigenous Peoples

The Government of Canada is maintaining all essential services. This means that the delivery of benefits and payments to Indigenous peoples has not changed. Indigenous peoples also have access to the support measures that are available to all Canadians through the Government of Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.

Examples of immediate supports include:

  • As of March 15, 2020, the temporary measure is in effect to waive the one-week waiting period to claim Employment Insurance sickness benefits for individuals in imposed quarantine. The requirement to provide a medical certificate to access Employment Insurance sickness benefits has also been waved.
  • You may qualify for a new Emergency Care Benefit, providing up to $900 bi-weekly, for up to 15 weeks. 
  • You may qualify for an enhanced Goods & Services Tax Credit which could provide close to $400 for a single individual and close to $600 for couples.
  • You may qualify for an enhanced Canada Child Benefit which would provide $300 more per child. 
  • If you are a worker who is not eligible for Employment Insurance and are facing unemployment you may qualify for the new Emergency Support Benefit providing a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months.
  • A new Indigenous Community Support Fund will provide $305 million for a new distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund to address immediate needs in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation communities.
Please visit Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan for a full listing of the Government of Canada's financial supports.

Government of Alberta's Supports for Indigenous Peoples

The Alberta government will provide immediate funding and supportive measures to support local businesses, employers and employees.

Eligible working Albertans can receive a one-time emergency isolation support payment of $1,146 if they:
  • experienced total or significant loss of income as a result of having to self-isolate, or are the sole caregiver of a dependent who is self-isolating, and
  • have no other source of compensation, such as workplace sick leave benefits or federal employment insurance benefits.
Please visit COVID-19 support for employers and employees for more information on financial supports offered by the Government of Alberta.

Updates from the Government of Alberta

Current situation

The COVID-19 outbreak was declared a global pandemic by World Health Organization (WHO). Alberta declared a public health emergency.

Confirmed cases: 690 in Alberta, 7,708 in Canada.

Last updated: March 31 at 11:30 am

Public health orders

To protect the health and safety of Albertans, law enforcement agencies now have full authority to enforce public health orders and issue fines for violations.

  • Mandatory 14-day self-isolation for returning international travellers or close contacts of people with confirmed COVID-19.
  • Mandatory 10-day self-isolation for people with symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat.
  • No gatherings with more than 15 people are allowed. Restrictions on mass gathering and businesses are now legally enforceable and subject to fines.
  • Facilities under this order include all nursing homes, designated supportive living and long-term care facilities, seniors lodges and any facility in which residential addiction treatment services are offered under the Mental Health Services Protection Act.

View all public health orders

Mandatory self-isolation requirements

Self-isolation can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Under public health order, you are legally required to self-isolate for:

  • 14 days if you returned from international travel or are a close contact of a person with COVID-19, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of symptoms, should they occur
  • 10 days if you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition

If you are self-isolating:

  • stay home - do not attend work, social events or any other public gatherings
  • avoid close contact with other people, including household members but especially seniors and people with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems
  • don’t take public transportation like buses, taxis or ride-sharing, where possible
  • watch for symptoms

If you are in mandatory self-isolation:

  • Do not go to school, work, other public areas or community settings.
  • Do not go outside for a walk through your neighbourhood or park. This includes children in mandatory self-isolation.
  • You can get fresh air in your backyard, if you have one, but must remain on private property not accessible by others.
  • If you live in an apartment building or highrise, you must stay inside and cannot use the elevators or stairwells to go outside. If your balcony is private and at least 2 metres away from your closest neighbour’s, you may go outside on the balcony.
  • This directive is consistent with the new federal requirements under the Quarantine Act.
To learn more on self-isolation and how to prepare visit the Government of Alberta's website on Self-Isolation.


ATC Operations Update

ATC continues to work closely with our communities, Alberta Health Service, the Government of Alberta, the Government of Canada, and the RMWB, to prepare and protect our community members, address concerns, and provide support. 
ATC essential services for Medical Transportation, Child Family Services, and support to Post Secondary and High School Boarding Home students continue.

ATC Office Contact Information:

Main Office: 780-791-6538
Child & Family Services: 780-713-3437

After Hours Essential Service Contact Information:

Edmonton Medical Transportation 
Child & Family Services On Call 
Child & Family Services Crisis Unit 
Alberta-Wide Mental Health Help Line

Quick Links

Staying Active with Social Distancing 

Social distancing does not mean staying on your couch! Stay active, here is a fun yoga routine with a powwow twist! 

Powwow Yoga with Acosia Red Elk

Powwow Yoga is a Movement Practice that fuses together Indigenous Powwow Dance with Yoga.
The idea is to get your Cardio, Strength training, Stretching, Breathwork and Meditation all in one workout.
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