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Guidelines for information sharing and engagement on provision of services in Yukon's rural communities in COVID-19

Critical, essential and non-essential services in Yukon communities

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has strongly recommended against non-essential travel to and from Yukon’s rural communities and has outlined guidance for those providing services there. This includes a recommendation that service providers engage with local or municipal and First Nations governments before they enter the community to provide them with an opportunity to share information and engage on the delivery of critical, essential and non-essential services within their communities.

In addition to working closely with municipal and local governments, the Government of Yukon will also work with First Nation governments in order to make effective use of resources, and share in our collective responsibilities to respond to this dynamic and evolving situation, consistent with Final and Self-Government Agreements.

To streamline this coordination the Government of Yukon has established Aboriginal Relations liaisons and will use exisiting community advisors to act as single point of contact within the Government of Yukon for coordinating responses.

Download the Direction and guidelines for the delivery of critical, essential and other services.

Read the full Civil Emergency Measures Health Protection (COVID-19) Order.

The following process will be put in place for the Government of Yukon to support this engagement, and it's recommended for all service providers:

  1. A team of Government of Yukon representatives will be established to manage engagement between government and non-government service providers, First Nations and communities. The Department of Community Services (Community Affairs Branch) and Executive Council Office (Aboriginal Relations Branch) will identify a liaison for each municipal or local government and First Nations government. Other staff within the Government of Yukon will be brought into discussions as needed.
  2. The liaison will present the Government of Yukon’s planned work and activities to each community and First Nations government for discussion.
  3. The liaison will assist the municipal or local governments and First Nations governments, at their request, in engagements on any planned work and activities not led by the Government of Yukon.
  4. A risk matrix will be developed to help ensure that potential impacts are consistently and thoroughly considered. The liaison staff will work with communities, First Nations governments and and other government departments to develop assessment tools for this purpose as well as mitigation strategies.

The following key principles will guide engagement:

  • Protection of Yukon’s rural communities and their residents is the foremost priority.
  • First Nations governments and municipal or local governments must have an opportunity to be engaged.
  • Decisions must allow Yukon’s business and commerce to continue as much as possible while balancing risk.
  • Decisions will consider the unique Yukon context and may not be consistent with what is taking place in other jurisdictions.