Manitoba First Nations implement curfews during COVID-19 – APTN News

April 7, 2020

As Indigenous communities continue to close their borders to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic, some First Nations in Manitoba are having to take measures one step further by implementing community wide curfews.

As of Tuesday morning, Opaskwayask Cree Nation (OCN) is on a curfew for the next two weeks. The curfew runs from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.

Onekanew or Chief Christian Sinclair took to social media to make a plea to members in an announcement posted on Facebook.

“Please play your part in respecting the lives of our community. We are doing this to protect the community in its entirety,” said Sinclair. “There are elders and many people with illnesses that could possibly suffer the hardest from…careless actions.”

The northern Manitoba community called a state of emergency last month.

Sinclair expressed concern about some members not taking physical distancing seriously enough.a

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