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Acadia First Nation Is Looking for Support from The Community

Acadia First Nation is interested in purchasing home-made face masks from community members.

If you or someone you know has been making or is interested in making face masks/coverings, we are interested in purchasing these items from you.

 

We are currently offering $10.00 per mask. Please see below for contact information to arrange for pickup and payment.

 

Queens and Surrounding Areas Shelburne Yarmouth
Avis Johnson

(902) 350-0547 (cell)
Darlene Coulton

(902) 740-2077 (cell)
Rachel Falls

(902) 307-4300 (cell)

 

If you are interested in making a mask but are not sure how to make one, please use the below template as a guide. 

Adult Surgical Mask Template (524 KB)

Please use this document as a guide for the use of Non Medical Masks:

  Mask Insert (14 KB)

 

Acadia First Nation Thanks You for Your Support During These Difficult Times.

COVID-19 Replacement Tag Memo

May 19, 2020

 

To All Band Members,

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Acadia First Nation will be extending its 2019/20 NETUKULIMK FISH HARVEST PLAN until further notice. As a result, tags issued last year under the 2019/20 NETUKULIMK FISH HARVEST PLAN will be valid until further notice. You can continue to fish with last year’s tags if you have them. If you do not have your tags from last year you will need to get replacement tags.

The 2019/20 NETUKULIMK FISH HARVEST PLAN can be found at https://www.acadiafirstnation.ca/business/612-2019-2020-netukulimk-fish-harvest-plan/file.html

Please contact the Director of Fisheries for any new issuance of FSC tags or replacement FSC tags. All tags will be mailed out to the band members requesting them.

If you were not issued tags last year under the NETUKULIMK FISH HARVEST PLAN, then you will need to fill-out NETUKULIMK FISH HARVEST TAG FORM and send it to the Director of Fisheries.

NETUKULIMK FISH HARVEST PLAN LOBSTER TAG FORM can be found at https://www.acadiafirstnation.ca/governance-documents/655-fsc-lobster-tag-form/file.html

All band members fishing under the 2019/20 NETUKULIMK FISH HARVEST PLAN will have to fill out a NETUKULIMK FISH HARVEST PLAN REPORTING SHEET and send it to the Director of Fisheries when you have completed all fishing activity.

NETUKULIMK FISH HARVEST PLAN REPORTING SHEET can be found at https://www.acadiafirstnation.ca/governance-documents/654-afn-fsc-reporting-form/file.html

If you have any questions about these issues contact the Director of Fisheries, Curtis Falls.

Sincerely,

 

Curtis Falls
Director of Fisheries
Kespuwick Resources Inc.
Acadia First Nation
10526 Highway # 3
Yarmouth, N.S.
B5A 5J7

Email:
Phone: 902 740-2573
Fax: 902 742-9355

Weekly Health Update #7 with AFN Community Health Nurse

Weekly health update with AFN Community Health Nurse

Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend and this beautiful weather. Last week we launched the “Get Up and Move” contest. Details are on the website and AFN Community Health Facebook Page. Enter for your chance to win $50 gift card that can be emailed or mailed to you.

As you know, restrictions continue to be lifted as the weeks go on, and will continue as the number of covid-19 cases stay consistently low. More areas will open up, which means there will be more movement throughout the province. We cannot rely on “our area has no new cases”. We are moving towards a new normal, but the pandemic is not over. We MUST still be vigilant in basic prevention measures:

  • Wash your hands frequently, preferably soap and water if you have access, if not, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Gloves are not the best defense for the public in preventing infection of Covid-19. Gloves frequently give a false sense of security, and is seen to actually create more cross-contamination. The safest measure you can take is washing your hands after each interaction, and refraining from touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Maintain 6 ft/2 m distance between you in anyone you come in contact with that is not in your 2-house bubble
  • Ensuring respiratory etiquette; covering coughs and sneezes with elbow
  • Sanitize/disinfect high contact areas of your home frequently: doorknobs, counters, remotes, taps, phones, etc.
  • If you have 2 or more symptoms of Covid-19 please call 811 to decide if you required testing
    • fever greater than 38⁰C (100.5⁰F), or symptoms of fever (body aches, chills, weakness, and fatigue)
    • new, or worsening cough
    • sore throat
    • runny nose
    • headache

It is so important for us to take this slow so we can keep progressing forward. Keep an eye on the provincial updates, as they give the most up to date information regarding restrictions and recommendations. Thank you for your commitment to the health of our people and province.

If there is a topic you’d like to see more about, such as nutrition, physical activity during isolation, coping strategies, child and youth health, etc. Please let me know and I can look into helping you as well as the community!

 

Stay safe and wash your hands

 

Chelsea Sawyer
Community Health Nurse
O: 902-627-1245
C: 902-277-2297

 

Best links to get information

Please see our Facebook page: AFN Community Health and answer the joining questions for access. Frequent updates, resources, and links will be posted there

Nova Scotia Government: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

Nova Scotia Health Authority: http://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

WHO advising on pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-on-covid-19-pregnancy-childbirth-and-breastfeeding

Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line: call 24/7 1-888-429-8167

Kids Help Phone: call 24/7 1-800-668-6868
text CONNECT to 686868
or chat online on their website

 

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Get Up and Move Contest

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Scholarships Available to PSE Students at MK

Here are the 2 scholarships that are available to PSE students at MK:

Donald Marshall Senior Memorial Scholarship

Sister Dorothy Moore Mi’kmaq Education Scholarships

COVID-19 Update # 13 from the AFN Health Director | May 13, 2020

May 13, 2020

Health Director Update #13

Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program Update

Virtual dental consultation services

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, dental providers have postponed non-emergency services.
  • NIHB will temporarily cover fees for consultation services by phone or other virtual methods offered by dental providers to help them assess clients’ needs and facilitate access to emergency dental care.
  • Please contact your dental provider’s office if you require emergency dental services.

Virtual services and shipping for hearing devices

  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, NIHB will cover some services that can be provided through tele-audiology, if offered by the provider. This includes: fitting and dispensing, hearing aid performance check and readjustment
  • If providers offer fitting and support services through tele-audiology, they can temporarily ship hearing devices directly to you, so you don’t have to go to their office in person to pick up the item. This includes:
    • hearing aids o bone-anchored hearing system processors o replacement of cochlear implant processors
    • FM systems. Providers will program the hearing device according to client-specific needs before shipping, and contact you by telephone to provide the first fitting remotely.
  • When providers begin offering in-person services again, they will contact you to schedule a follow-up visit to their office.

Temporary coverage for electric breast pump purchase

  • Until further notice, the purchase of a double electric breast pump will be covered instead of a rental.

Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy

  • If a client infected with COVID-19 uses positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy, this may increase the risk of transmission to others in the home.
  • If you are in this situation, talk to your health care provider about the risks and benefits of continuing PAP therapy.
  • Clients who have COVID-19 and continue PAP therapy can request additional supplies (tubing, filters, and masks) from the NIHB Program.

Information for parents and guardians of NIHB-eligible infant children

  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be delays in registering an infant for First Nation status.
  • In order to allow additional time for parents to register their infant children, NIHB has extended coverage of unregistered infants up to 24 months of age, until further notice.
  • Infants up to 12 months of age can access most types of NIHB benefits under the identification number of their eligible parent or guardian. If your child has reached 12 months of age and is not registered, please call the NIHB Drug Exception Centre if pharmacy services are required. For all other benefits, call your NIHB regional office. You will be provided with a temporary NIHB client number that is valid until your child reaches 24 months of age.

Reminder - changes in other coverage

  • Let NIHB know as soon as possible if you no longer have other health benefit coverage (for example, through an employer sponsored plan).
  • Contact your NIHB regional office, the Drug Exception Centre (for pharmacy benefits), or the Dental Predetermination Centre (for dental benefits).
  • NIHB will update your file right away to avoid delays in processing future claims.

NIHB Client Inquiries
Email
Atlantic 1-800-565-3294

Email:

 Our Mental Health services provided by NSHA are still being offered via telephone.

Kelly Breau, NSHA Adult Clinician (902)740-3083
Michael Ross, NSHA Adult Clinician (902)521-5128
Heidi Mitton, NSHA Child and Youth Clinician (902)247-3429
Brynn Davies, NSHA Child and Youth Clinician (902)670-4923

CRISIS AND REFERRAL SERVICES offered in Mikmaw or English.
TOLL FREE 1-855-379-2099

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7, by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

As always, continue with Proper hygiene which will reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food
    • use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • when coughing or sneezing:
    • cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand
    • dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands


Marla Robinson-Pyne
Health Director Acadia First Nation
Phone: (902)742-0257