Citizen Communique #2: Shelter In Place Order

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April 1, 2020

Aannii Citizens,

This communique is to give notice that, effective immediately, Hiawatha First Nation has put a ‘Shelter In Place’ Order for our Community. Similar actions have been taken by a number of First Nations and Municipalities across Canada as we all move to do our part in containing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

We would like to say “Chi-Miigwetch” and acknowledge everyone for doing their part as it will take each and every one of us to ensure we keep ourselves, our families, our friends, our neighbours and our most vulnerable people safe.

In daily calls with government and health professionals we have been following the recommendations provided to assist in flattening the curve. We now know that community transmission is a significant concern as the virus isn’t just being transmitted from people who are returning from travel. The most recent data suggests that at least 25% of people are asymptomatic, meaning they do not outwardly exhibit the signs of infection making it even more critical that we do everything we can to address the potential for community transmission. 

These next 2 – 3 weeks will be vital in slowing/stopping the spread of this virus. Now more than ever everyone’s full cooperation is needed.

In our continuous efforts to protect our Community from COVID-19 we are asking our Citizens to Shelter In Place. This means to:

  • – Avoid leaving the Community unless you have to go to work or for the necessities such as groceries, to attend medical appointments or pharmacy pick-ups.
  • – Stay in your own home & in your own yard, except for your daily exercise/play outside.
  • – Stay in your own home with your family members who live in your home.
  • – Do not gather in large groups – there is now a group limit in place of 5 people and everyone must maintain social distancing practices.

We will continue to plan and prepare our Community so that we will have the best possible outcomes moving forward. We need everyone to do their part and know that we will get through this together.

If you have any questions regarding this Communique please do not hesitate to call our Office at 705-295-4421 and leave a message for Chief Laurie Carr or Administrator Trisha Shearer. We will be checking our messages regularly and return your message as soon as possible.


HFN Council

“Our Citizens and Community remain our first priority and we will work to mitigate risks for best possible outcomes moving forward through the COVID-19 pandemic.”