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Fort William First Nation FWFN DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY

Fort William First Nation FWFN DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY

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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~   March 12, 2021  (LSN)  On Wednesday, March 10th, 2021, by Band Council Resolution, the Fort William First Nation Chief and Council declared a State of Emergency. Effective immediately, a public curfew will be enacted in Fort William First Nation from 10:00pm to 8:00am daily. This will keep most people indoors so as to limit community spread of COVID 11, with the exception of community member employment, essential services or medial needs. Curfew will remain in effect until such time as Chief and Council see an improvement in public health.

Cases of COVID 19 have spread to Fort William First Nation. Our Pandemic Response Team Members including health staff, Anishinabek Police Service are quickly becoming overwhelmed and impacted by the spread of COVID 19 Virus. The community has many vulnerable persons- elders, persons immune compromised, those affected by mental health and addictions. The crowded living conditions of multiple families living together has created conditions for greater community spread of the virus. There is limited health staff and infrastructure in the First Nation to support community members.

The State of Emergency includes:

  • Requesting support from the Federal and Provincial Government, along with Regional and Health Bodies to help address the COVID 19 pandemic.
  • Requesting that there be mass testing and tracing done in First Nation and surrounding region.
  • Requesting that an isolation shelter with staff be established in the First Nation or the City of Thunder Bay.
  • Requesting from the federal and provincial government to include Fort William First Nation in the priority communities receiving the COVID 19 Vaccine and related resources as soon as possible.
  • Fort William First Nation asking for additional police funding support to the Anishinabek Police Service.

Those impacted by the state of emergency orders are asked to contact the FWFN COVID-19 hotline at 807.698.0415 or email covid19@fwfn.com.

Further Information regarding COVID-19 pertaining to the First Nation is available on our website under COVID-19 Action Plan, www.fwfn.com/covid-action-plan/

   
 

Walter Bannon  stated on Facebook

Charlie’s Grill will now close indefinitely as the number of COVID19 cases climb both in the city and FWFN

J & W Gas Bar and store will continue to be open 8:00am to 6:00pm.

I take no pleasure in volunteerly closing restaurant but I believe it is my responsibility to ensure that as many of our staff remain safe. All health guidelines will continued to be enforced. Masks are mandatory, social distancing and washing hands. Please remain vigilant and stay safe during this time.

 

#LSN_FirstNation  #LSN_Health #LSN_Econ 

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