Indigenous leaders urge parents to pull students out of Northland schools; 1,235 cases in Fort McMurray

Local First Nation and Métis leaders are asking parents to pull their students out of the Northland School Division as COVID-19 cases in the region continue rising.

A statement from Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation told parents they have been assured by the division that students will not be punished if they are pulled from schools. The division includes schools in Anzac, Conklin, Fort Chipewyan, Fort McKay and Janvier.

“We have been assured by Northland that your children will be able to continue learning remotely,” he said in a statement. “This is not a measure we take lightly but it’s for the good of not just our people, but the whole region.”

The statement said the division asked Alberta Education to move to online learning as the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo leads Alberta and Canada in COVID-19 cases per capita.

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