Rick Garrick

Muskrat Dam closes borders, Thunder Bay bans visitation at hospital

Create: 03/28/2020 - 02:01

Muskrat Dam is closing its borders after March 27 to all traffic except for medical trips approved by a practicing physician due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

“Here in Muskrat Dam the people have given direction to do so, and that will be effective Friday at midnight,” says Muskrat Dam Chief Vernon Morris. “We are aware of all the activity that is happening outside of our own community and in the urban setting as well and we are in close communication with other communities in our respective area.”

Concern raised by FN communities close to confirmed COVID-19 cases

Create: 03/25/2020 - 01:30

Weenusk expressed concerns about a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Timmins area during their March 20 Statement from Chief and Council on the COVID-19 global pandemic. Weenusk was one of four Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities that provided community updates on March 20 and 21, including Sandy Lake and Kashechewan on March 20 and Marten Falls on March 21.

Wapekeka, Muskrat Dam declare state of emergency

Create: 03/24/2020 - 02:40

Wapekeka and Muskrat Dam declared state of emergencies in accordance with the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act R.S.O. 1990 6.E.9.5.4.(1) on March 18 and 19 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Wapekeka declared its State of Emergency on March 19 to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of its citizens.

Chapleau Cree, North Spirit Lake develop pandemic plans

Create: 03/20/2020 - 20:28

Chapleau Cree and North Spirit Lake released statements on March 18 about non-essential services and developing a pandemic plan.

“We’ve taken every precaution — we’ve shut down the office,” says Chapleau Cree Chief Keith Corston. “We’re keeping in touch with Mushkegowuk (Council) — I had a conference call yesterday and today we have a conference call with NAN (Nishnawbe Aski Nation).”

Neskantaga announces precautionary measures, Constance Lake a state of emergency

Create: 03/19/2020 - 04:01

Neskantaga and Constance Lake recently released statements on measures for the safety and wellbeing of citizens due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Neskantaga announced precautionary measures on March 16 and Constance Lake announced a state of emergency on March 17.

“We’re taking precautionary measures — the reason why we decided to do that was because we don’t want the community coming down with COVID-19,” says Neskantaga Chief Chris Moonias. “We don’t have any resources or infrastructure or the equipment to respond if COVID-19 comes to the community.”

NAN communities prepare for COVID-19

Create: 03/18/2020 - 21:33

Communities across Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) are busy with preparations due to concerns about the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are in preparation mode and we’re also meeting regularly and getting updates,” says Fort Albany Chief Leo Metatawabin. “We’re working on updating our Fort Albany First Nation epidemic plan and we’re just trying to be accountable to the First Nation and see if we can weather this storm.”

Metatawabin says his community is working on making sure they are prepared in case people come down with COVID-19.

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