Changes to NB Essential Travel – January 22, 2021

January 22, 2021 – The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government would like to advise residents of recent changes to the New Brunswick Mandatory Order that will come into effect on Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 at midnight.

Residents of Listuguj First Nation [and Pointe-à-la-Croix, Quebec] must restrict travel to Restigouche County once per week for essential supplies (excluding urgent medical care, medical appointments, and animal care) between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Atlantic time.

We ask that all residents plan your travel for essential goods and services accordingly to meet this recent change. Maximize each trip by getting as many of your essentials as possible during your one trip per week.

Additionally, frequent travellers for work purposes, custody arrangements and medical appointments will be subject to mandatory weekly testing. We will share more details of this process as they become available.

The definition of essential goods and services includes:

  • Necessities of life (e.g. groceries, clothing, etc.) and supporting services (e.g. butchers for hunted game);
  • Health care (e.g. prescriptions, medical equipment & supplies, etc.). Health care travelers may be accompanied by a support person;
  • Goods and services required for work or employment;
  • Banking and financial institutions;
  • Transportation (e.g. automobile repair); and
  • Funerals and visitations of deceased immediate family members.

RL-31 Slips 2021

Tax season is here, and our Finance Directorate is preparing RL-31 slips for solidarity tax credit.

RL-31 slips will automatically be made for LMG tenants and for Section 95 clients. These slips will be mailed out by February 28, 2021.

Beginning February 1, 2021, all other community members can contact Hayley Isaac at hayley.isaac@listuguj.ca to have their slips made. She can also be reached at 418-788-2136 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

2021 Listuguj Community Calendars

The 2021 Listuguj Community Calendars are ready! This was a collaboration between Ta’n Wetapegsulti’gw and the Mi’gmaw Language Revitalization Project. The calendars will be distributed through the mail and be dropped off at all office buildings. If you would like a calendar and haven’t received one by next week, Wednesday, January 27th, you can email paige.isaac@listuguj.ca.

We’d like to thank all community members who sent in photos, text and helped with translation! Shout out to Griffin Thomas Germain for his beautiful artwork that was used to design the cover. Hope you enjoy!

#speakmigmaw #nnuisultinej #exploremigmagi

COVID-19 Vaccine Registration

This is a message from the Listuguj Community Health Services to Listuguj residents:

If you are between the ages of 18 and 60 years old, and are interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine, call the Health Center to register for an appointment at (418) 788-2155.  Please call between 8:30am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday.

Vaccine clinics are scheduled to begin in February, and we want to make sure we receive enough doses for every Listuguj resident who wants one.

Please note our Community Elders over the age of 60 years old will be contacted directly by Health Center staff.

Construction of Storm Lift Station – Drainage of Caplin Road

Please be advised that Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government has initiated the second phase of the Storm Drainage Upgrades for the Caplin Road Area.  As part of this major project, a new storm water lift station will be constructed near the intersection of Caplin Road and Interprovincial Blvd.

Once completed, Listuguj will be able to pump the storm water directly in the Restigouche River near the intersection of Caplin Road and Riverside East Road, utilizing the recently installed piping system on Caplin Road.  This project will increase the reliability of the storm system and provide better protection during major storm events.

During the work, heavy equipment will be periodically entering and exiting the work area.  We ask that you remain conscientious of this equipment and that you keep an eye on younger children and pets to avoid any accidents.

The work is anticipated to be completed by late May / early June 2021.

We recognize that the planned work will be an inconvenience, and your patience during these upgrades is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions concerning this subject, please feel free to contact us at the numbers below.

 

Sincerely,

Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government

 

CONTACT PERSONS:

Ms. Jody Mitchell, Director of Capital and Infrastructure – Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government
Tel: (418) 788-3022

Mr. Bassem Abdrabou, General Manager of Capital and Infrastructure – Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government Tel: (418) 788-3022

Community Notice – NB Access

Access across the bridge for essential goods and services has been a long-standing fight that was resolved through the efforts of Chief Darcy Gray and the negotiations team. The result has been that Listuguj residents can access groceries and other essential services across the bridge.

The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government (LMG) would like to remind all residents that travel across the bridge for non-essential purposes (e.g. Tim Horton’s, restaurant dining) is unadvised. The LMG has been informed that New Brunswick peace officers may refuse entry to residents who repeatedly cross for non-essential purposes.

We also urge you to use accurate contact information when registering to enter New Brunswick. Using fake phone numbers or numbers such as the Listuguj Police Department Emergency number is irresponsible and dangerous. Public Health will require your proper contact information should you come in close contact with a positive case and need to self-isolate.

It is important to remember that we all have a responsibility to our loved ones and our community to keep each other safe by following the health and safety protocols put in place.

You can ensure our continued access to essential goods and services by limiting your travel to Restigouche County twice per week. Essential goods and services are outlined below:

  • Necessities of life (e.g. groceries, clothing, etc.) and supporting services (e.g. butchers for hunted game);
  • Health care (e.g. prescriptions, medical equipment & supplies, etc.). Health care travelers may be accompanied by a support person;
  • Goods and services required for work or employment;
  • Banking and financial institutions;
  • Transportation (e.g. automobile repair);
  • Custody arrangements;
  • Animal care; and
  • Funerals and visitations of deceased immediate family members.

**Please note that these guidelines do not affect residents travelling for work purposes, dialysis, or other medical appointments.

COVID Hotline Now Available

Starting today, January 11, 2021, Listuguj residents will benefit from the Listuguj COVID Hotline for quick and easy access to information on Listuguj’s Pandemic Response. The hotline is a new resource that will be available through our government to help increase community awareness of the measures we are taking to protect our community against the spread of COVID-19.

Ways you can use the hotline:

  • To access accurate up-to-date information related to Listuguj’s COVID Response.
  • To access information related to supports and services available to Listuguj Residents (e.g. mental health services, health contacts, etc.).
  • To provide information about potential breaches of our measures.

The Listuguj COVID Hotline number is 581-884-2771. The hotline is available Monday to Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. When calling after hours, please leave a detailed message including your phone number.

COVID-19 Update – January 8, 2021

The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government is confirming two (2) new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total of active cases in Listuguj to 18.

The individuals who tested positive received their results while they were already in isolation. This is an example of why it is important to self-isolate for the entire 14-day period or until cleared by Quebec Public Health.

Once again, we want to thank everyone who has followed our measures to date. This is proof that by taking the added precautions we can limit the risk of community spread. Your efforts do not go unnoticed.

COVID testing is still available for Listuguj residents, without an appointment, from Monday to Friday from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (NB Time). CLSC requires that you limit one person per vehicle for drive-ins. Alternatively, you can make a COVID Testing appointment by calling 1 (877) 644-4545.

Please continue to wear a mask in public, avoid gatherings, practice social distancing, wash your hands regularly, and clean frequently touched surfaces in your home. If you have travelled from a ‘Red Zone’, you are required to self-isolate upon entry. Listuguj residents traveling to a ‘Red Zone’ for a day trip for essential purposes (i.e. work, school, medical appointments, custody arrangements, and necessities of life) are not required to self-isolate but must follow health and safety measures listed on our website.

COVID-19 Update – January 7, 2020

Three (3) New Cases in Listuguj

Today we are announcing three (3) new cases of COVID-19 in Listuguj, bringing our total number of active cases to sixteen. The three new cases are related to the outbreak that took place in late December. Unfortunately, due to a handling error at the test site, a number of community members were asked to seek re-testing, which resulted in a delay in official results.

Despite the testing difficulties, this is positive news for Listuguj. We are pleased to report that there has been no community spread due to our community’s on-going efforts in helping us keep our community safe.

 

Update to Listuguj COVID Response

Today we are announcing the following changes to Listuguj’s COVID Response, which will come into effect on Saturday, January 9th, 2021, until February 8th, 2021.

  • Listuguj will not be mandating a curfew within Listuguj Lands.
  • Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government will remain closed to walk-ins. Staff will remain available by telephone and will see clients by appointment only.
  • We are asking essential retail businesses (e.g. convenience stores, food services, gas stations and cannabis stores) and independent delivery services in Listuguj to modify their business hours and close at 8:30 p.m. Atlantic Time each day.

The decision to complement Quebec’s decision in closing all business operations is to avoid a potential influx of non-community members from entering our community – potentially exposing us to the virus.

 

Important Dates

January 11, 2021

January 14, 2021

January 18, 2021

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Community Studies program will commence online learning.Alaqsite’w Gitpu School and Mi’gmaq Immersion students resume in-person classes.Adult Mi’gmaq Immersion resume in-person classes.

 

The Learning Hub students resume in-person classes at the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Development Centre (LMDC).

 

Medical Transportation Update

Since the beginning of this pandemic, our Medical Transportation drivers have been provided with specific instructions to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and our clients / community members.

Now that COVID-19 is in Listuguj, we ask that community members calling in for Medical Taxi let us know when they have an appointment at the CLSC in Pointe-à-la-Croix for a COVID-19 test.

We ask this so that extra precautions can be put in place to first and foremost, protect your right to confidentiality, and to safeguard our drivers so that they may continue to provide this essential service to community members.

Thank you for your cooperation, and please stay safe!

 

Important Phone Numbers:

Medical Taxi, 506-789-3143

To schedule a COVID-19 test, please call 1-877-644-4545.