A road block cannot stop a virus’ – Sault Star

May 7, 2020

Travel checkpoints divide Islanders; First Nations seek voice with municipal leaders

MANITOULIN ISLAND — In light of the controversy sparked by complaints about First Nations border closures on Manitoulin Island, the United Chiefs and Councils of Mnidoo Mnising want to “set a new tone.”

On May 1, the organization penned a letter to the secretary-treasurer of the Manitoulin Municipal Association, proposing the creation of a standing crisis committee composed of Indigenous and non-Indigenous leadership.

The COVID-19 Leadership Coordination Committee would facilitate communications between the Island’s First Nations and municipalities to address the public health threat facing the Island as a whole.

The UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service has agreed to provide operational support.

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