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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ATHABASCA TRIBAL COUNCIL’S OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED BUT OPERATIONS WILL CONTINUE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

(March 16, 2020, Fort McMurray, AB) – Due to the increased risk of community transmission, Athabasca Tribal Council is taking extraordinary precautionary measures to ensure the health and wellbeing of our communities, team members, and their families. Be advised that effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, our office will be closed to the public until the COVID-19 community transmission risk level decreases. All of our team members will all be working remotely and will be available to connect with you by phone, email, or video messaging.
 
Supporting the ATC First Nations is our top priority, and our team will continue to work to ensure that we are able to continually deliver our services remotely. ATC will ensure that our essential services in Medical Transportation, Child Family Services and support to Post Secondary and High School Boarding Home students will continue.
 
“ATC is committed to providing services to the communities we serve while doing our part in the prevention of the spread of this pandemic,” said Karla Buffalo, CEO of Athabasca Tribal Council.
 
All upcoming ATC events have been cancelled and ATC will be utilizing remote work technologies to host staff meetings and briefing sessions. We want to ensure Community Members know that they can continue to contact ATC by calling our main line at 780-791-6538 during business hours, phones are being forwarded to staff as they work remotely, and emails will continue to be responded to. After hours and essential service support phone numbers remain the same and are listed below.

Essential Service Contact Information:
 
Edmonton Medical Transportation
1-800-514-7106
 
Child & Family Services On Call
587-645-3437
 
Child & Family Services Crisis Unit
1-800-638-0715

ATC Office Contact Information:
Phone: (780) 791-6538
Email: info@atcfn.ca
 
We encourage Community Members to review the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) information on our website at http://atcfn.ca/our-services/health/covid19/ daily, as we continue to update this information as it becomes available.
 
We will continue to actively monitor our social media pages and respond to comments and messages in a timely manner. Facebook: @AthabascaTribalCouncil.ATC |  Twitter: @AthabascaTC

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About ATC

Athabasca Tribal Council is an organization that serves our First Nations by providing relevant and innovative programs and services that enrich the well-being, health, and prosperity of its people. ATC is committed to ensuring the protection of inherent rights, Treaty Rights, and their Traditional Territories while respecting the autonomy of each Nation. For information visit atcfn.ca.


Media Contact

Karla Buffalo
Chief Executive Officer, Athabasca Tribal Council
karla.buffalo@atcfn.ca
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