Matawa First Nations express frustration over COVID-19 response –

Chiefs of the tribal council say governments must do a better job.

THUNDER BAY — Matawa First Nations say dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic has placed their nine member communities in a precarious position.

The tribal council issued a statement Wednesday outlining a lengthy list of challenges and what they described as a lack of government preparedness for dealing with the virus in remote communities.

“We are struggling to respond effectively to the pandemic. If governments aren’t able to change the way they have been partnering with us, we fear this will not get better, but worse,” the statement said.

According to the Matawa Chiefs, an effective on-reserve containment plan faces numerous barriers that are beyond their control, including:

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