The current pandemic has affected many across the nation. The Coronavirus’ impact, coupled with the close of our tourism season, had a devastating effect on Alaska and many of our Shareholders. Because we cherish our Shareholders and because Cape Fox Cares, On September 21, 2020, the CFC Board of Directors approved a 2020 Pandemic Disbursement for all Shareholders.
Did you know, during the worldwide pandemic a century ago, the 1918 Spanish flu, more people died per capita in Alaska than almost anywhere else in the world? It wiped out entire villages. While we fight this current pandemic, Alaska still has unique challenges that other places do not. In April, the U.S. Congress worked hard to provide families with relief. Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), and it included $8 billion for tribes within the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund.
In 2016, there were approximately 5.6 million Native people in the United States; this represents 2% of the population. By 2060, it is projected there will be 10.2 million. Alaska is the state with the largest Native population. Yet, Natives have been undercounted in the 2020 Census. Why is this important? Imagine being able to have adequate resources to help keep Native people safe in a more equitable Alaska. This vision does not happen on its own. By participating in the 2020 Census, you are making sure Alaska Natives count.
The recent COVID-19 pandemic brought us together in several different ways many did not expect. We made sure to react in ways that protected our Shareholders, employees, and customers, but also protected the future of the company.
Though we have been apart, we have kept you in our thoughts. We are excited to announce that our restaurants are once again open for dine-in services.
April 1st has always been known as “April Fools.” This year, Cape Fox Corporation (CFC) has changed it to a day of giving. These are unpredictable times we are living, but the one constant should always be togetherness. We are in this together. Cape Fox Corporation has a strong sense of community. To that end, in partnership with the Village of Saxman, CFC spent the day giving a bag of essential food and non-perishable items to those in need. In fact, by the end of the day, 120 gift bags were given to families in Saxman, Alaska.
I want to thank everyone for coming together as a team over the past few weeks. These are challenging times, and I am proud to see the Cape Fox Team rally to support each other.
The Tlingit natives Southeast Alaska believe strongly in family and community. Cape Fox Corporation (CFC) is the Alaska Native Corporation for the Tlingit natives of the Village of Saxman. They have continued to maintain their heritage and culture throughout the...