COVID-19: A north-south divide emerges in fight against virus – Saskatoon StarPhoenix

A COVID-19 outbreak in Saskatchewan’s northwest has created a geographic and practical divide in the province’s fight against the virus.

As of Thursday, Saskatchewan has 196 known active COVID-19 cases, more than at any other point of the pandemic. More than 70 per cent of them — 138 as of Wednesday — are in La Loche, Beauval and nearby communities.

As most of the province prepares to start the second phase of the government’s economic reopening plan, La Loche remains on high alert.

“You’ve got a situation where in the vast majority of the province, the numbers are under control,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said Monday.

Some La Loche residents say that speaks to a bigger north-south divide.

Georgina Jolibois, the former NDP MP for Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River and former mayor of La Loche, said she’s seen online comments disparaging the small Dene community. She wants the province to pull together, not drift apart.

Read More:

NationTalk Partners & Sponsors Learn More