Update from Acadia FN Housing

AFN Housing Update

In an attempt to follow all emergency measures laid out by the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the Acadia First Nation housing department will not be attending community homes to complete maintenance except for the Emergency items identified below:

  1. Sewer and Septic issues
  2. Major Water leaks (Leaks that can’t be contained with a bucket or other container)
  3. No heat in the house (only if you have no backup source like wood stove)
  4. No drinking water or hot water

If a representative of housing is called to your home, the social distancing rule must be followed and you must remain more than six feet away from the housing representative at all times. It is also important that you have the area clear where the problem is located and work must be completed. . You should also sanitize doorknobs and the area before the worker comes and after they leave.

Water Systems
If your house has a water system
- Salt will be dropped off at your door only; it is your responsibility to make sure salt is kept in the machine to keep it operating. If you need help putting salt in your system please contact a family member if you can.

When the call comes in Housing will assess the situation and determine if it is an emergency or not.

It is the right of all housing department representatives attending your home to ask pertinent questions on your health to ensure that they can attend your home and perform the required maintenance while ensuring their own personal safety. Acadia First Nation housing department will do as much as possible to ensure your required maintenance is kept up while ensuring the safety to all involved. Your patience during this time is appreciated.

If you require any assistance please reach out to your local Council member or call (902) 742-2163.


Jim Pictou
Housing Director
Acadia First Nation


COVID-19 Update from the AFN Health Director | March 23, 2020

March 23, 2020

Health Director Update #5

As of March 22, 2020, there are 28 cases of Covid-19 in NS. The cases are spread throughout NS and range in men and women from their late teens to mid seventies.
Dr. Robert Strang, the province's chief public health officer, said although there has been no community spread in Nova Scotia, he expects it will happen soon. As of Sunday’s, update, more than 2,100 people in the province had been tested for COVID-19.

As many of you know the Premier of NS has declared a ‘state of emergency’. His message was clear. We, as a community, must ensure that we continue to follow the directives of the Nova Scotia Public Health Authority.

The government extended authority to create and enforce guidelines when necessary. Law enforcement will now have the authority to fine people who gather in groups of larger than five and/or who are not following social distancing protocols. Individuals will face a fine of $1000 and business $7500.

Protocols relating to travel were also updated. Effective yesterday, anyone traveling into the province must self-isolate for 14 days. This is an expansion of the directive that anyone returning from international travel must self-isolate. Related to travel, the border between Canada and the United States has been closed to all non-essential travel as well as provincial borders being tightened.
All provincial parks are closed. Visitors will be considered trespassers and their vehicles can be towed.
Dental offices have been ordered to close unless a medical emergency is determined.
Nova Scotia Health Authority has restricted visitors and is suspending some elective and non-urgent appointments and services to contain the spread of COVID-19 and conserve resources. Read more on the NSHA website.

IWK Health Centre has restricted visitors and is suspending all non-urgent appointments and services. Urgent and emergency appointments and services are continuing. Read more on the IWK website.

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)354-3677
Heidi Mitton, NSHA Child and Youth Clinician   (902)247-3429
Brynn Davies, NSHA Child and Youth Clinician   (902)670-4923

 Eskasoni FN has offer the services of the Eskasoni Crisis and referral line services. These services can be offered in Mikmaw and English.
TOLL FREE 1-855-379-2099

Acadia First Nation Health Centres are closed. Dr. Marais will still be operating his practice under his regular business hours to see his practice patients who ARE NOT experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 in the Yarmouth Health Centre.
Please do NOT enter the Health Centre if you are exhibiting symptoms. If you are unsure of what to do, call Pam and she will advise how to proceed (902)742-7598.
Not everyone who has concerns about COVID-19 needs to call 811. To find out if you need to call, use the COVID-19 online self-assessment.
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

COVID-19 Update from the AFN Health Director | March 20, 2020

March 20, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE # 4 (March 20, 2020)

The NIHB program is continuing to provide benefits and services while following public health guidance and recommendations from health professionals as the situation evolves.
The NIHB Drug Exception Centre, Dental Predetermination Centre and regional call centres continue to operate and receive calls from providers and clients. Please note that wait times may be longer than usual, and we appreciate your patience.
The NIHB program normally covers up to a 100-day supply of chronic medications. In determining the quantity to refill for clients, pharmacists will consider advice from professional associations and regulatory bodies, as well as patient-specific factors. If a client is seeking an early refill (before 2/3 of their medications are used), the pharmacist may submit the claim with an over-ride code, and NIHB will reimburse. However, it is the pharmacist’s decision to provide early or longer refills.
NIHB clients are encouraged to consult with their health or benefit service provider to confirm whether routine, non-urgent appointments should be postponed.
Dental professional organizations across Canada have advised that non-emergency services should be postponed. Call your dental provider’s office to see if any scheduled dental appointments have been cancelled.
You may contact your mental health service provider to confirm whether they can provide counselling services via telephone (tele-mental health services by eligible providers are covered by the NIHB program).
NIHB is continuing to support clients who need medical transportation benefits to access urgent or essential medical services. Vulnerable clients will be supported by prioritizing private modes of transport. Additional guidance has also been provided to support external service providers (such as boarding homes and airlines) for infection prevention/control.
As the situation evolves, information will be provided through NIHB call centres and posted online.

As the situation evolves, we will share any further updates or changes to NIHB operations with you. Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this challenging time.

Non-Insured Health Benefits
Atlantic Region
1-800-565-3294 /

Marla Robinson-Pyne
Health Director Acadia First Nation
Cell Phone: (902)740-7089


COVID-19 | Chief and Council Update

Chief and Council Update
March 19, 2020

Acadia First Nation Chief and Council has been continually meeting and participating in numerous Conference calls over the last number of days concerning the Covid-19 Pandemic. We have had numerous conference calls with various departments and levels of Government including Indigenous Affairs Canada. Our EMO team have been meeting for many weeks preparing. In fact we have been working on a pandemic response plan for quite some time. Our Health team continues to work diligently to update our members and relay the latest information.

Some of you may have heard our Prime Minister announced yesterday there would be $305 Million set aside for Indigenous Communities to establish a support fund. This fund will be for all First Nations across Canada including Métis and Inuit. At this point we have not been advised how much Acadia First Nation will receive from this fund. We have also not been advised what specifically we will be able to use these funds for. Once we have this information it will be communicated to our members.

We are working on submitting an application for emergency health funding from Indigenous Affairs Canada. This emergency money will be used for a variety things. We will be stocking each community centre with necessary supplies such as cleaning supplies and health related items. Many items have already been ordered and arriving soon. We will also be stocking homemade frozen meals at our community centre. These meals will be made by our restaurants. These supplies and food will be kept at the Community centre. Items will not be distributed at this time but held for emergencies that might arise in the coming weeks. They will be disturbed as needed to our band members should the need arise.

Our Gas stations continue to operate. Our Yarmouth and Medway restaurants are still providing take-out orders. Our gaming operations including Bingo have been suspended. Our staff at all locations are doing a tremendous job and we appreciate all their hard work. Our Fisheries Department continues to operate and our fishing crews will be continuing as long as possible. Our Administration staff will now begin working from home. Thank you to all our dedicated employees.

This is a rapidly evolving situation. Chief and Council are continuously monitoring and assessing the situation. As announced yesterday additional assistance will be provided to some of our most vulnerable members. This includes Elders, Social Assistance recipients, Disability Pension recipients and AFN sponsored students who live in apartments and on their own.

We encourage everyone to stay home if you can. Follow all Public Health recommendations. Check our AFN Website and various Facebook pages for updates and information. Check in and look out for one another especially our Elders and those who at high risk. We will continue to keep you informed throughout these difficult times.

Acadia First Nation
Chief and Council

COVID-19 Update from the AFN Health Director | March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE # 3 (March 19, 2020)

Please see below the most up-to date information regarding COVID-19; COVID-19 testing data
Nova Scotia is testing for COVID-19. Updated 19 March 2020.


Confirmed Positive 5
Presumptive Cases 9


* Confirmed cases are those confirmed by the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg.
** Presumptive cases are those found to have a presumptive positive result from the QEII Health Sciences Centre’s Microbiology Lab and have been sent to the National Microbiology Lab and are awaiting confirmation.

Acadia First Nation Health Centres will be closed as of Thursday, March 19, 2020. Dr. Marais will still be operating his practice under his regular business hours to see his practice patients who ARE NOT experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 in the Yarmouth Health Centre.
Please do NOT enter the Health Centre if you are exhibiting symptoms. If you are unsure of what to do, call Pam and she will advise how to proceed (902)742-7598.

Notices and Closures

  • Long-term care facilities are closed to all visitors.
  • Public schools will be closed for two weeks following March Break (weeks of March 23 and March 30).
  • All licensed childcare providers are required to close (through April 3 inclusive).
  • March Break camps are cancelled.
  • Casinos in Halifax and Sydney are closed and bar owners can no longer operate VLTs.
  • Employers cannot require a doctor’s note if an employee must be off work.
  • All service providers funded through the Department of Community Services’ Disability Support Program, including social enterprises, day programs, and supported employment programs for adults with diverse abilities are closed.
  • Effectively immediately, there are to be no gatherings of more than 50 people.

Organizations and businesses are required to practise social distancing of two metres (6 feet).

As of Thursday, 19 March:

• restaurants are restricted to take-out and delivery orders only. They can’t open for in-person dining.
• all drinking establishments, winery and distillery tasting rooms and craft taprooms must close (private liquor stores can operate, and craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries can still sell their products from their storefronts).
• personal services, such as hair salons, barber shops, spas, nail salons, and body art establishments must close.
• all fitness establishments, such as gyms, must close.
Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre
Nova Scotia Health Authority has restricted visitors and is suspending some elective and non-urgent appointments and services to contain the spread of COVID-19 and conserve resources. Read more on the NSHA website.
IWK Health Centre has restricted visitors and is suspending all non-urgent appointments and services. Urgent and emergency appointments and services are continuing. Read more on the IWK website.
Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Nation Cancer Care Strategy.
- All chemotherapy/radiation treatments will continue, unless told otherwise by the patient's oncology team.
- All other appointments will be moved to telehealth, when possible.
- Cancer screening appointments (i.e., CAT scans, PET scans, etc.) will now be made on a case-by-case basis. If you are a Mi’kmaw cancer patient, and have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact any of us:
- Aaron Prosper: ; Phone #: 902-322-3240
- Chelsea Googoo: ; Phone #: 782-777-0095
- Dylan Letendre: ; Phone #: 782-777-0104
- Karlee Francis: ; Phone #: 782-777-0097


Kolby Blair(NADACA prevention worker) will be working from home until further notice.If you need to reach her during business hours (8am-5pm, Monday-Friday) you can text/call 902-815-6010.
Please note the NS mental health crises line is available 24/7 Toll Free1-888-429-8167.
As always, you are encouraged to:
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer; avoid hand shakes; wash your hands before and after preparing food; wash hands after handling waste
• Cough or sneeze into your inner elbow or a tissue (throw tissue away)
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
• Wash and sanitize surfaces like taps, doorknobs, light switches, toilets, and countertops daily
• Sanitize remote controls, cell phones, phones, and other hand-held devices
• Avoid close contact – stay 6 feet apart (2 meters); avoid crowds; shop during off-peak hours

Please feel free to contact myself at anytime with questions and/or concerns you may have around COVID-19 and how to keep yourself and loved ones safe. Watch for regualr updates from myself which will be posted to our AFN website as this situation is rapidly changing,


Marla Robinson-Pyne
Health Director Acadia First Nation
Cell Phone: (902)740-7089


Contact Information During Office Closure

If you require assistance from any of the below departments, please use the following contact information:

Chief and Council:

Band Manager:

Lloyd MacDougall


Marie Falls

902 742-2163


Chalene Hanf


Wanda Westhaver


Janice Francis



Marla Robinson-Pyne

Retail Inventory:

Julian O'Connell


Joseph Falls