NunatuKavut: COVID-19 programming update

Press Release

The NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) is pleased to be able to continue rolling out some COVID-19 supports into the first quarter of the new year. Additional funding has been secured through the Government of Canada as part of the federal Indigenous Community Support Fund. This helps NCC directly address the urgent needs of NunatuKavut members and communities as a result of the continuing impacts of COVID-19.

The latest details on our current programming is outlined below.

FOOD AND HEAT SECURITY VOUCHERS

The Food and Heat Security Voucher program is available to vulnerable populations within NCC’s membership that are experiencing challenges to food and heat security due to fixed or low income or even loss of income due to COVID-19.

The food security vouchers will be available monthly to the end of March 2023. The heat security voucher will be available for January 2023, with a possibility of extension into February and March. If you received a voucher in the fall of 2022, you will not need to reapply.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) Member
  • Be at least 16 years of age living in your own household

Family gross monthly income for members up to 64 years old:

  • Single: $2,000 or less a month
  • Families with no dependents: $3,000 or less a month
  • Families with up to two dependents: $4,000 or less a month
  • Families with greater than two dependents: $4,500 or less a month

Family gross monthly income for members aged 65+:

  • Single: $2,400 or less a month
  • Families with no dependents: $3,600 or less a month
  • Families with up to two dependents: $4,800 or less a month
  • Families with greater than two dependents: $5,400 or less a month

A copy of proof of income (i.e. pay stubs) for all adults in your family MUST be provided during the approval process. Applications will not be approved without proof of income. (Note: a dependent refers to a child or adult living in the applicant’s household that the applicant supports financially).

Voucher Amounts

FOOD (per month)
Single: $150
Families with no dependents: $200
Families with up to two dependents: $250
Families with greater than two dependents: $400

HEAT (one-time)
The heat voucher is a $200 one-time flat rate amount for January 2023. Please have the account number of your heat provider handy when you call.

Food Voucher Type

Members living in Labrador will receive a gift card from a local grocery store. Members living outside Labrador will receive an electronic Walmart gift card where possible.

Contact Information

For assistance with the application process or to submit your application, please contact the following NCC staff members assigned to your area between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Area 1 (Straits), Area 2 (Battle Harbour), Area 3 (Bolsters Rock to Spear Point), Area 4 (Sandwich Bay/Island and Ponds), Area 6 (Western Labrador), Area 7 (Outside of Labrador) and members living in communities on the north coast of Labrador, please contact:

Wanda Dyson
Call (709) 700-2849 or e-mail:
wdyson@nunatukavut.ca

Esther Keefe
Call (709) 700-2850 or e-mail:
ekeefe@nunatukavut.ca

Area 5 (Central Labrador):

Jenna Penney
Call (709) 899-1557 or e-mail:
jpenney@nunatukavut.ca

ELDER SUPPORT

Household Support for Seniors 60+ and adults with Disabilities

In November 2022, NCC hired workers in many NunatuKavut communities to assist seniors 60+ and adults with disabilities. These workers will continue through to the end of February 2023.

Elder support workers assist with basic tasks like:

  • picking up groceries and other supplies
  • picking up medications
  • light yard work
  • stowing wood
  • light household cleaning

Here is the list of workers currently available:

Upper Lake Melville
Morrell Dyson

Cartwright
Sharon Holwell, Lana Learning, Lyndon Rumbolt and Noah Martin

Black Tickle
Wanda Dyson, Esther Keefe and Kaitlyn Keefe

Charlottetown
Tammy Campbell and Emma Morris

Pinsent’s Arm
Desirae Burden

Port Hope Simpson
Julie Turnbull, Brendon Strugnell and Clarissa Turnbull

St. Lewis
Beverly Poole and Madison Chubbs

Mary’s Harbour/Lodge Bay
Chelsea Smith and Danielle Pye

The Straits: Red Bay, and Pinware to L’Anse au Clair.
Joyce Lee and Dexter Flynn

To arrange for assistance, please contact:

Charlene Rumbolt, COVID-19 Community Support Coordinator
T: (709) 899-2900

VIRTUAL SERVICES

Physical Wellness Services

Virtual physical wellness services are available to NunatuKavut members at NO COST as part of our COVID-19 community response plan.

NCC has partnered with Garreth Kippenhuck at Inclusive Health and Fitness to deliver private or semi-private fitness training; group fitness training; and nutritional coaching.

Call (709) 693 6048 or e-mail:

garreth@inclusivehealth.ca

Mental Health Counselling Services

Private and confidential mental health counselling services are available at NO COST for NunatuKavut members during COVID-19.

Cortez Hancock at Priority Health Counselling is providing counselling to members ages 8+.

Contact Cortez at (709) 699-3692 or by email at:
priorityhealthcounselling@gmail.com

Glenn Walsh of Kullik Psychotherapy is providing counsellig to member age 18+.

Contact Glenn at (873) 354-4327 or by e-mail at:
kullik.psychotherapy@gmail.com

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