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Covid Measures Communication - December 3


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Saskatoon Tribal Council has implemented many measures to safeguard the health of its employees, clients and members of the community who access our programs and services. We are constantly monitoring the evolving situation and adapting our efforts as necessary and as mandated by the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
Precautions to date:

  • Closed Packham and 7th Street offices to the public, and implemented controlled access to all locations with mandatory daily sign-in/sign-out, employee screening and temperature checks for contact tracing. Any guests or staff members exhibiting signs of illness or possible COVID exposures were not admitted.
  • Implementation of mandatory masks in all buildings when 2 meters of separation could not be guaranteed, and implemented mandatory masks at all of our facilities as of November 19th, 2020. Lowering person-to-person interactions by reducing the number of on-site staff as much as possible, facilitating remote work environments and electronic meetings where feasible.
  • Requiring employees who show symptoms to notify their supervisor, stay home from work and call 811 for further direction.
  • Increased the frequency and intensity of cleaning and disinfection protocols for all washrooms, meeting rooms and high-touch surfaces in all of our buildings.
  • Placed signage in all bathrooms, meeting rooms and common areas regarding proper distancing, hand washing, as well as distributing all-staff emails with updated instructions to minimize the risk of transmission in our buildings.
  • Removed all shared materials and office supplies that could not be thoroughly sanitized.
  • Ensured cleaners/disinfectants for surfaces and hand sanitizers are filled and readily available in all meeting rooms and throughout the facilities. .
  • Suspended all community gatherings and events until further notice.
  • Suspended most travel to communities except for mandatory or urgent services
  • Supporting our communities with personal protective equipment, medical supplies and expertise as necessary.

Despite these comprehensive efforts, cases of Covid-19 have surfaced at two of our community service locations in Saskatoon. As such, we are taking additional appropriate precautions against further transmission:

Additional precautions taking effect Friday November 27th, 2020 (White Buffalo Youth Lodge) and Monday, November 30, 2020 (STC Health Centre)

  • Deep cleaning and thorough sanitization of facilities, including additional disinfection of high-touch surfaces.
  • Closure of White Buffalo Youth Lodge to the general public. Essential services will continue through the Hub, Youth Shelter and scheduled appointments with employees working from WBYL. The Saweyihtotan Project will suspend in-person visits until December 10.
  • The STC Health Centre is closed to the general public and in-person services. Harm Reduction/Outreach services are available Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm Saturday and Sunday 12:00-5:00pm. We are working to get the addiction counsellors and mental health counsellors set up to provide service over the phone.
  • Mandated 14-day self-isolation for all staff in these two workplaces who have been deemed close contacts in accordance with the public health order.

We want to assure the public and patrons that all employees continue to use best practice within the workplace, and that cleaning protocols are maintained on both an hourly and daily basis.

All visitors to White Buffalo Youth Lodge and the STC Health Centre on the dates below that were identified as close contacts will be notified by public health as per SK Health Authority protocols.

  • WBYL from November 16 to November 24th and/or
  • STC Health Centre from November 16th to November 25th.

Anyone who worked or visited these facilities on the days in question and is experiencing even minor symptoms is asked to self-isolate, and call 811 from any cell phone or land line for further direction.

Thank you for your support as we continue to navigate these extraordinary times. Please do your part to stay healthy! For more information, please reference Covid-19 resources offered by the Saskatchewan Health Authority