To our Members of Henvey Inlet First Nation - 3rd COVID 19 UPDATE - March 26, 2020

Chief and Council in consultation with Henvey Inlet Health Centre staff, have been following the global impact that this novel virus is having worldwide with new confirmed cases of COVID 19 every day. I cannot stress the importance of taking this more seriously by everyone. This virus that was previously linked to travel is now considered as being transmitted by Community Spread.

Countries are closing their borders, issuing states of emergencies worldwide, and our fellow First Nation communities are now restricting access to their communities in order to prevent the spread of this virus. Henvey Inlet First Nation and our members must play our part in slowing the spread of this virus.

Today, members of Council unanimously agreed that we must also consider further steps to protect our Members of Henvey Inlet First Nation against the threat of the COVID 19 pandemic.

These are some of the items we discussed today:

  1. Restricting Access to the community - Effective April l, 2020, HIFN will restrict access to our community by all Non-Members. These restricted accesses will be secured solely by equipment between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. during the planned curfew hours that are also being implemented. Except for emergency vehicles. 

  2. Implementing a Curfew - Effective April 1 2020 a curfew to prevent traffic from freely flowing in and out of the community will be implemented. Be advised that at 9:00 p.m. daily vehicle traffic will not pass to or from our community via any of the roadblocks (other than emergency vehicles). Security teams will be allowed to go home, leaving equipment to block.

  3. Pickerel River Trailer Park - It's known that people are attempting to enter the Pickerel River Trailer Park although it's closed, this will be stopped immediately via the roadblocks to avoid risk to our Members.

  4. Medical Transportation - In order to protect our drivers who are required to drive members with medical appointments, clients will be expected to divulge if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID 19 and have been in contact of a confirmed case.

  5. Cancellation of Future Gatherings - Includes events and future meetings.

PLEASE READ the FULL statement and information from the Chief and Council that will help keep our community members safe.