On 23 March 2020 the Skidegate Band Council declared a State of Emergency to further minimize the risk related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The following measures shall come are in immediately:


  • • A ban on non-essential travel into and out of Haida Gwaii for all Skidegate band members except those providing essential services in accordance with Skidegate’s Pandemic Plan, or requiring emergency medical care.


  • • If you are returning from travel abroad (i.e.: outside of Haida Gwaii), it is mandatory to self-isolate for a period of 14 days.

  • • Non-island residents will be asked to turn around and not enter the community; or, for non-residents traveling through the community to their destination, no stops will be permitted.


  • • As of this notice, gatherings of 10 or more people are strictly prohibited. This measure will be updated in accordance with Provincial and Federal directives.

  • • All Skidegate band members who are no longer working in essential services are strongly advised to stay home. If you must travel for essential services, please do so quickly and observe social distancing protocols.


  • • Band members may only have contact with those in the same household, except in workplaces that continue to operate. Those members who continue to attend physical workplaces must actively practice social distancing and follow recommended practices with respect to hygiene and disinfection of common spaces.

  • • Areas that typically attract larger groups of people where a separation of 6 feet is difficult to maintain are now closed to the public. This includes the George Brown Recreation Centre, Skidegate Youth Centre, Haida Heritage Centre, Nursery School, SHIP, Daycare, Adult Day Program, Spirit Lake Trail and playgrounds.


  • • Children under 12 years of age must be supervised or within communication distance of an adult when outside.

  • • Deliveries of goods and services will be allowed into the community, with minimal contact with band members.


  • • As per the Skidegate Emergency Operations Centre “Bulletin #2,” elders requiring grocery or medication pick-up and delivery are asked to contact the Skidegate Health Centre: 250-559-4610.

  • • Local grocery stores and gas bars still in operation (Taaw Naay, Fields, Co-op) are advised to adhere to their own or Provincially-imposed patron cap. All establishments and patrons must respect social distancing.


  • • Skidegate’s IR#1 borders will be coned off in an effort to limit potential exposure to COVID-19. Signs will be erected at Skidegate’s IR#1 borders.




During this time of agreeing to safety measures such as social distancing and self-isolation, it may bring up or trigger memories of isolation from the past. There are steps that your Skidegate mental health counsellors can assist with, if you need to talk, or learn a grounding practice, for your nervous system.

We need your permission to phone you, to assist with supporting you during this time of isolation. Please phone the Skidegate Health Centre (250 559 4610) to let us know if you would like one of the counsellors to check in on you. Please provide your phone number, name, and your preferred time for a support call.




The COVID-19 virus is making people really sick and killing many throughout the world. This virus can affect you, your family, and friends if you don't take precautions now! Today, over 26,000 people of all ages have died from this virus and the spreading of it will continue unless we all work together to stop it. Youths need to follow some simple steps:

• Getting together in groups is not a good idea as the virus will pass to you and your friends on contact.
• If you do meet remain at least 2 metres away from each other and do not share drinks, vapes, cigarettes, etc. – this is not a joke because if you take the virus home you are putting all of your family at serious risk; this virus spreads quickly and easily.

"This is a time for our future leaders to really step and take COVID-19 seriously," says Chief Councillor, Billy Yovanovich. "The way you act today will help keep you and your relatives safe and our culture strong. In the past, our culture was decimated by a virus and we can't let that happen again. Taking steps today is extremely important."

• Wash your hands
• Cover a cough or sneeze
• Don't touch eyes, nose or mouth, especially
with unwashed hands.
• Keep your distance – at lease 2 metres.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay at home and communicate by cell and internet



On Friday, March 27 all Haida Gwaii communities will be issuing a notice via email, text and voicemail on the ePACT system. Be aware that it is not an emergency, we are just trying to ensure the Islands’ joint message reaches all of our community members.

Please pass this notice on to our Elders so they are not alarmed on Friday.



March 24
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statement of emergency




March 21, 2020

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Skidegate Band Council office closed.
Effective immediately

Skidegate Band Council office will be closed until March 31st. At that time we will reassess the Covid-19 situation and let our community members know if there is any change. All staff will be working from home and will be available via email.

If you need to contact any staff during the closure you can email them at:

CAO, Babs Stevens – cao@skidegate.ca

Executive Assistant, Ashley Crosby – haida@skidegate.ca

Reception, Doris Rosang – doris.rosang@skidegate.ca

Education Coordinator, Marcia Piercey – education@skidegate.ca

Social Development, Ruth Gladstone-Davies – sdfaw@skidegate.ca

Housing Coordinator, Roberta Aiken – housing@skidegate.ca

Indian Registration, Bonita Jones – ira@skidegate.ca

Accounts payable, Natalie Stevens – acctpay@skidegate.ca

Finance Manager, Sue Wood – fin.mgr@skidegate.ca

Climate Action Coordiantor, Devin Racher – devin.rachar@skidegate.ca




March 19 - SBC Election postponed until April 3

March 16 - All Candidates Forum cancelled



Elected by the community every two years, the Skidegate Band Council is the administrative and governing body of Skidegate. The Council is responsible for negotiating with governments, implementing programs, monitoring finances and managing the social and political issues that arisein the community. The Council is made up of seven Councillors and one Chief Councillor.


Issues, concerns and queries pertaining to Council matters can be
addressed to:


Chief Administrative Officer: Babs Stevens

Box 1301 Skidegate
V0T 1S1 Haida Gwaii
p. 250.559.4496
f. 250.559.8247


For general inquiries please email doris.rosang@skidegate.ca


If you stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support.
Please click here for more information.


Residential customer: If you or your spouse/partner have lost employment or have become unable to work due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for three months of bill credit based on your average consumption.

Small Businesses: If you own a small business that needed to close due to COVID-19, you may be eligible to have your business' electricity use charges waived for up to three months.

For more information click here.



SBC would like to thank all the businesses and operators in HlGaagilda who have closed their doors or have taken the necessary steps to keep members safe and healthy!


Skidegate's Emergency Operations Centre has been activated.
Incident Command Lead - Robert Russ
Health Lead - Lauren Brown
Media Contact - Billy Yovanovich
Community Liason - Babs Stevens, Billy Yovanovich, Robert Williams
Communications - Ruth Gladstone-Davies
Information - Waneeta Richardson
Operations Chief - Kyle Marshall
Planning Chief - Trent Moraes
Logistics Chief - Sue Gladstone
Finance Chief - Ruth Wheadon



As you know, Skidegate implemented its first "information checkpoint" last night on Highway 16, adjacent to the "Welcome to Skidegate" sign. This checkpoint has been put in place as a protective measure against COVID-19 for your safety and ours.

PLEASE NOTE: Island residents ARE permitted to stop in Skidegate for supplies at Co-op, Fields and Taaw Naay.
It is only NON-ISLAND residents that are not permitted to stop in Skidegate.


Skidegate’s services have been reduced to essential service levels on recommendation from the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) to reduce overall exposure opportunities for Band staff and the public. Listed below are current impacts to services:


Closure of all Public Facilities and Events Cancellations

  • The Skidegate Band Office, George Brown Recreation Centre, Nursery School, Daycare, SHIP and Spirit Lake Trail are closed until further notice. Should you require service, please contact SBC staff via phone or e-mail as noted on our “Notice to Community Members” released on 18 March 2020.

Reduction in Skidegate Band Essential Services

  • The following services will continue:
    • Residential garbage pick-up
    • Social Assistance
    • Emergency services (volunteer fire department)

Enhanced Measures within Skidegate Essential Services

  • Movement of meetings and work to “virtual” formats, using teleconference and video calls wherever possible.
  • Enhanced disinfecting measures within Skidegate Band facilities.
  • Direction to staff to observe good hygiene practices as recommended by the health authorities.

  • Mandatory self-isolation for any staff returning from travel outside of Haida Gwaii.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this unprecedented and difficult time.




March 24 - Gwaii Trust: Covid-19 Update


March 23 - Skidegate Health Centre Update: Dental staff have been quarantined for 14 days after the Dental Conference and are symptom free. The Dental Office remains CLOSED until further notice.


March 23 - Haida Gwaii Coop notice regarding Covid-19


March 21 - Emergency Operations Centre Update 2


March 21 - SBC NOTICE: All playgrounds in Skidegate are closed until further notice.


March 21 - BC Health Officer orders the closure of all nightclubs and food and drink services, take-out only.



March 19 - Pacific Coastal Temporary Suspension of Operations

March 18 - CHN Press Release: CHN discourages all non-resident travel to Haida Gwaii

March 18 - Air Canada suspends all flights to Haida Gwaii from March 23 until April 30

March 18 - An Urgent Message From Haida Gwaii Physicians


March 13 - First Nations Health Authority: Advising Communities to avoid large gatherings and unnecessary travel

March 12 - CHN Press Release: Travel Advisory for Haida Gwaii



Adult Day Program - Trish and her cook will continue to prep. meals and deliver to ADP clients
Skidegate Youth Centre
Longhouse Gift Shop



Skidegate Health Centre is implementing ESSENTIAL SERVICES ONLY

Essential Services include:
• Home and Community Care (home care nursing and home support, including medication delivery)
• Community Health (nursing-Heather)
ADP: is closed. Trish and her cook will continue to prep. meals and deliver to ADP clients.
• Patient Travel: Emergency Patient travel only and on as needed basis only.
• Mental Health: for counselling, please call 778-361-0179. Mental Health counselling will continue to provide support through phone, or skype.

If you are feeling not well, have a fever and coughing please call *811 and /or 1-844-645-7811

We will be periodically checking our phone messages: 250-559-4610.


• Medical transportation for all off-island medical appointments is currently unavailable.
• Urgent medical appointments (prenatal confinement, dialysis, or cancer tx.) and emergencies MUST be submitted as a Benefit Exception request. You can call FNHA 1-855-550-5454 for clarification.
If approved, medical transportation can be arranged by our office.

For emergencies only continue to call our 1-778-361-0176 number. Please note, we are only checking for messages at this time. Please leave a message.

ALL Non-urgent, non-emergencies will not be dealt with at this time.


March 16 - Skidegate Mental Health Team only offering telephone or virtual appointments

If you would like to book with Karen George or Janet Rigg, you can do the following:

• log on to Skidegatehc.janeapp.com and self book an appointment.

• call the Skidegate health centre at 250-559-4610 and reception can book an appointment for you.

• call or text the mental health cell phone at 778-361-0179.

Once you have made an appointment, the mental health practitioner will contact you to determine the best way to meet virtually.

Patricia Vickers, Mental Health Department Head, can be reached by email or by calling/texting the mental health cell phone or calling SHC reception.

March 16 - Skidegate Dental Clinic: Notice of temporary closure

Skidegate Dental has been advised by the Minister of Health that any attendees from the Pacific Dental Conference on March 7, 2020 are to immediately self-isolate until March 21, 2020.

We had 3 employees attend the conference. Therefore, we are closing our doors and all further appointments will be cancelled until further notice.

We appreciate your patience with us and hope to be back serving the general public as soon as we are able to. Skidegate Health Centre is still open.

March 15 - Northern Health Authority launches a COVID-19 online clinic and information line .

The NH COVID-19 Online Clinic and Information Line can be reached at 1-844-645-7811.

March 12 - Prevent illness by washing your hands (photo)

Currently, our best defense is prevention.
• frequent hand washing with soap and water
• hand sanitizing when washing is not available
• staying home if you have any cold or flu symptoms
• coughing into your sleeve

Please ensure that if you have any symptoms – fever, coughing, etc. – that you stay home. Do not go to work and do not go out into the community. It is important that you self isolate and reduce the possibility of spreading this virus. If you have symptoms – please call the Nurses Line at #811