United Chiefs and Councils of Mnidoo Mnising call for COVID-19 response committee – CBC

May 05, 2020

Call to create committee after concerns raised about non-essential travel ban in M’Chigeeng First Nation

Indigenous leaders of First Nations on Manitoulin Island say they want to work with non-Indigenous leaders to calm tensions over travel restrictions they’ve put in place to protect their elders and vulnerable members from COVID-19.

Tensions have been rising since April 25, when M’Chigeeng First Nation Chief Linda Debassige and council restricted non-essential travel through their community to keep COVID-19 at bay. The restrictions involve Highway 540 and Highway 551 which both run through the First Nation.

Last week, the mayor of the Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands, Al MacNevin, wrote a letter to the province’s minister of transportation asking for intervention based on complaints from motorists having to detour.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/mnidoo-mnising-covid-19-response-committee-request-1.5555125

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