Statement from Minister McPhee on the Grief and Gratitude Gathering

Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee issued the following statement: 

"This Saturday, March 11, 2023 marked the third National Day of Observance for COVID-19. 

"This day represents an opportunity to observe the loss, sacrifice and continued impacts of COVID-19, and to celebrate the efforts of those who kept us safe. 

"To mark the occasion, the Council of Yukon First Nations held a Grief and Gratitude community event for Yukoners to reflect, celebrate and support each other.  

"I would like to recognize these efforts, and those of all Yukon First Nations governments advocating for the health and wellness of Yukon communities. Together with healthcare providers, businesses, organizations and communities, the Yukon was able to chart the course by learning to live with and manage COVID-19. 

"We have learned a lot over the past three years, but nothing more important than the power of community. As we continue to grow from this experience, we are taking action to ensure we are prepared for whatever comes our way.  

"Our government is committed to strengthening our health and social system. As things continue to stabilize, we remain hopeful for even brighter days ahead. 

"Thank you to everyone who continues to do their part, and to all those who observed this important occasion. "


Renée Francoeur 
Cabinet Communications 


Carleen Kerr 
Communications, Health and Social Services 

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