Fort Chipewyan, with a curfew imposed, rides out the pandemic – Cabin Radio

Alice Rigney peeks out of her kitchen window at the weather outside. “I’m getting cabin fever in here,” she says of being homebound for over three weeks in Fort Chipewyan.

The 68-year-old says she has “done a lot of reading, cleaned out I don’t-know-how-many drawers.” She laughs, then her voice momentarily is silent again.

“I don’t listen to much news or go on Facebook too much. Sometimes I get anxiety, or depression. My husband is gone, and this is a time I would really need him.”

Rigney is in lockdown with her three grandchildren. They’re keeping safe from the threat of the coronavirus.

In March, local officials formed a partnership to close off the northern Alberta town. Like many Indigenous communities, Fort Chipewyan’s remote location and limited medical resources make it more vulnerable to an outbreak of Covid-19.

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