Sask. First Nation chief prepared for COVID-19 pandemic weeks before it hit – CBC

Mar 17, 2020

Late last week when semi-trailers pulled up to the grocery store on Pasqua First Nation in Saskatchewan and started off-loading packages of cleaning supplies, medicine, toilet paper and dry food, people started wondering what it was all for.

The first case of COVID-19 had just been reported in the province and a collective sense of panic had gripped many in the province and on the reserve.

“People thought we were going into lockdown,” said Chief Matthew Peigan.

When a picture of the boxes being carried to two seacans outside the store was posted on the First Nation’s private Facebook page, speculation spread.

Peigan has since set the record straight — there was no lockdown. Rather, Pasqua First Nation is taking precautions, and a lot of them.

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