The Fort Chipewyan Community Access Check Point will remain in place until further notice
Fort Chipewyan, AB, January 8, 2021
The leadership of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Mikisew Cree First Nation and Fort Chipewyan Métis Association have worked together to establish a check point for those entering the community of Fort Chipewyan this winter and spring. The Fort Chipewyan Community Access Check Point is located at the turn off to Allison Bay and is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
ACFN Chief Allan Adam said: “Since there are no provincial or municipal travel restrictions in place and given the devastating impacts that a COVID-19 outbreak may have in Fort Chipewyan as a remote, isolated Indigenous community, local community leadership is compelled to do what we can to keep Fort Chipewyan safe.”
The Community Access Check Point is operated through collaboration between MCFN, ACFN, and FCMA and has been created to protect the health and well-being of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic With the intention to promote community safety and prevent the potential transmission of COVID-19 in Fort Chipewyan, local community leadership discourages unnecessary travel and will use the check point to provide information and education regarding current Alberta Health Services restrictions and guidelines. Any voluntarily collected information from those entering the community may also be used for potential contact tracing as needed.
“Thanks to the teamwork of ACFN, MCFN and FCMA, we have the opportunity to ensure the well-being of our community during a challenging period,” said Mikisew Cree First Nation Chief Peter Powder.
The location of the Community Access Check Point will ensure those entering Fort Chipewyan either by winter road or by air will check in on arrival to the community and be advised of current restrictions and guidelines, as well as the need to reduce unnecessary travel to keep the community safe from COVID-19.
“We want to thank our residents and essential visitors to the community for their understanding and patience as we welcome them to the community while we work together to protect our community from COVID-19,” said President Cardinal, Fort Chipewyan Métis Association.