Indigenous leaders in Alberta call for stricter restrictions and curfew to fight COVID-19

Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (File Photo)

In a letter to Premier Jason Kenney, the group urges the government change its approach to fighting the pandemic.



First Nations and Metis leaders in northern Alberta are calling for stricter measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.

A letter, signed by 11 Indigenous communities from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) said provincial restrictions are ineffective and that shows in rapidly growing case counts.

The letter to Premier Kenney goes on to say that “literally anything would be better than what Kenney has been doing — as the region is losing the battle with COVID-19.”

Leaders say since the start of the pandemic they’ve had to take measures into their own hands by setting up check-points or implementing curfews in order to protect their communities.

The letter includes recommendations and requests such as implementing a community wide curfew and establishing and staffing a field hospital to deal with the shortage of beds and healthcare workers.

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