To: Haisla Community Members 

Through this challenging time, our top priority remains the health and safety of our community members and employees.

Over the last few weeks, Haisla Nation Council has navigated through this evolving situation and are pleased to say that we have overcome many challenges. During this pandemic, we have been fortunate to ensure that community members have access to financial resources to offset living expenses and unlike many other communities, we have been fortunate to keep staff employed.

In March 2020, the Government of Canada announced its commitment to support Canadians and minimize health, economic and social impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Additionally, First Nations received Indigenous Community Support funding to cover extraordinary costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including for protecting the health and safety of First Nations and supporting responses to public health threats.

Using a combination of funding received from ISC and HNC’s own source revenue, two emergency relief payments were issued to aid community members in unforeseen costs related to the pandemic and covered costs related to the operation and maintenance during the pandemic.

On April 2, 2020 the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction announced its intention to provide an automatic $300-monthly COVID-19 crisis supplement for the next three months, which ISC mirrored to support social assistance and disability clients.

Like most of the world, we experienced challenges and, in response, have begun to strategize how we can address gaps and improve overall. To achieve this, we will be polling membership to gain their perspectives, and information gathered will be used for continual improvements.

We are currently in the process of developing robust and tested business continuity plans that help ensure we are proactive and prepared should we ever experience another emergency such as this pandemic.

We continue to closely monitor support to our community members and our employees.

We are proud of our employees and partners, who have continued to remain focused, committed, and resilient. We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Laura Owl
Chief Operating Officer
Haisla Nation Council