Atikameksheng Anishnawbek council to close access road to the community – CBC

Chief Valerie Richer says community members were ‘urging’ council to take action

Mar 24, 2020

The chief of a First Nation community in northern Ontario says band council has voted to limit access to the community due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Atikameksheng Anishnawbek Chief Valerie Richer says council members held a virtual meeting Monday night to discuss the issue. She says a decision was made to close the entrance to the community to stop people from coming in.

“We are going to allow in residents and people who work here,” she said. “But we’re stopping outside access to the community.”

She says the decision was made after people kept coming into the community looking for open stores. She adds a large sign was put up at the entrance of the community announcing all the stores are closed but that didn’t slow additional traffic from coming in.

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