COVID-19 Safety Plan
As Huu-ay-aht First Nations begins to re-open its offices, we are working hard to protect the staff and citizens who are entering our facilities from the risks associated with COVID-19. Part of this means following all of the recommendations made in the WorkSafe BC COVID-19 Safety Plan.
Message from your Chief Councillor
Letter to Citizens #1 on COVID-19
Letter to Citizens #2 on State of Emergency
Letter to Citizens #3 on Long weekend
Letter to Citizens #4 on Restricted Access to Anacla
– Related Documents to Restricted Access to Anacla
Letter to Citizens #5 on COVID-19 cases in First Nations Communities
Letter to Citizens #6 on Working Together to Restart and Protect
Effective June 1, 2020, Huu-ay-aht will begin putting its restart plan in to action.
As of March 18, 2020, the Nation did its part to minimize the spread of colds, the flu, and, most importantly, COVID-19 by switching to remote operations.
Starting on Monday, staff will begin a gradual return to work, after working remotely for almost three months. The offices will remain closed to the public and operate with no more than 10 people at either the Anacla or Port Alberni Government Offices.
We will continue taking your calls and dealing with the day-to-day operations, and staff who are not scheduled to be in the office will continue to work remotely. We have also implemented many safety precautions to keep everyone healthy, both in the office and in their community. If you would like more information, please refer to the Safety Plan that Huu-ay-aht will be following in its offices. Click on the link to see a copy: WorkSafe BC Safety Plan
Thank you for your understanding, and please stay safe and healthy during this difficult time.
Please see the attached official statement from Huu-ay-aht Group of Businesses concerning their operations:
HGB Adapts Operations in Response to COVID-19
Online Resources for Indigenous Communities – Food and COVID-19
Food Banks Canada
National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC)
Tungasuvvingat Inuit (TI)
Breakfast Club of Canada (BCC)
President’s Choice Children’s Charity
Canadian Feed the Children (CFTC)
Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC)
First Nation Health Authority (FNHA)
Dietitians of Canada
Food Secure Canada (FSC)
National Indigenous Diabetes Association (NIDA)
Assembly of First Nations (AFN)
Service Canada – Ready to Help
Our priority is the health and safety of all Canadians, while maintaining service to the public. In response to COVID-19, all in person Service Canada Centres are closed until further notice. In the meantime, Service Canada has measures in place to ensure critical service delivery to vulnerable clients.
If you need help accessing critical benefits, you can complete a service request form at: Canada.ca/service-canada-e-service. Once the service request is submitted, a Service Canada representative will contact you within 2 business days.
If you do not have access to a computer or need more support, you can get help by calling the toll free Service Canada Outreach Support Centre at 1-877-631-2657. Outreach workers are available to help from 8:30am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday.
Download the COVID-19 APP
Apple users: COVID-19 app
Android users: COVID-19 app
Make sure you stay informed as we deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are a few valuable resources:
Prime Minister announces additional support for Canadian seniors
Coping with Stress
Know the Difference
Consult with a Doctor online
Tourism Industry Association of BC Information
Support for Individuals and Families
Activities for Youth from the Vancouver Island Regional Library
Fun things to do in isolation
Summary of Financial Supports
Workforce Strategies for Post-COVID Recovery
Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission
Wellness Together Canada – check on your overall wellness
Contacts from the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council
Government of Canada
Benefits payments for eligible Canadians to continue until Fall 2020
Annual Increase in Child Tax benefit
Latest update on services offered
Canada’s Economic Response Plan
Parks Canada Suspends Motor Vehicle Access
COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
COVID-19 Measures to Help Canadians
Increase to the Canada Child Benefit
Support for Businesses and Individuals
Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
Nutrition North Canada (NCC) – Retail subsidy being expanded and updated
Nutrition North Canada (NCC) Harvesters Support Grant
Food and nutrition guide
Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) information on COVID-19
Province announces next steps to support renters, landlords
Take the BC COVID-19 survey
Support for small businesses
$1,000 B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers (BCEBW) opening on May 1, 2020.
Free Counselling service launches for post secondary students
BC Parks Closes All Provincial Parks
BC fire ban effective Thursday, April 16, 2020
Updates from the First Nations Health Authority
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Protecting Yourself from COVID-19
FNHA Advises Communities to Prepare for Possible Spread of Coronavirus
Advisory for Schools and Child Care Facilities
Fun and Interactive Activities
COVID-19 and the Food Supply
COVID-19 and Food Safety
Wild Greens Harvesting and Use
COVID-19 Pandemic Ideas to Support Community Emergency Food Planning and Long-term Food Security and Sovereignty
COVID-19 – Smoking and Vaping: What’s the Risk?
Updates in the media
Posts from the Nation
Please see the following announcements from Huu-ay-aht First Nations concerning the COVID-19 outbreak and precautions being taken by the Nation.