Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs calls for State of Emergency and establishes a COVID-19 Pandemic Response Coordination Team and Centre
March 18, 2020
Treaty One Territory, Manitoba
Treaty One Territory, Winnipeg, Manitoba – In response to the escalating situation regarding the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the AMC Executive Council of Chiefs (ECC) calls for a state of emergency for each First Nation in Manitoba, and is establishing a regional First Nation COVID-19 Pandemic Response Coordination Team and Centre.
AMC Grand Chief Arlen Dumas stated “the AMC leadership has been working tirelessly with First Nations in Manitoba, the federal and provincial governments and entities, and others to ensure First Nations are not left behind, and are fully supported in implementing their pandemic plans, responses, and needs.”
On Friday, March 13, 2020, the ECC postponed all AMC-related events until further notice; encouraged each First Nation in Manitoba to complete their local pandemic / emergency plans and encouraged them to consider closing their schools; called on the Manitoba-provincial emergency incident response team to ensure that medical supplies are available to each First Nation in Manitoba; and directed the AMC to continue to meet with First Nations in Manitoba and others at the regional level, including the potentially provision of sanitation packages for each First Nation, and regularly report to all First Nations leadership.