Cases of COVID-19 identified in Little Grand Rapids First Nation

October 5, 2020

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba


Treaty  One  Territory,  Manitoba –  Little  Grand  Rapids  First  Nation  (LGRFN)  has  announced  new  cases  of  COVID-­‐19 and will proceed to move the Nation to Red on Manitoba’s Provincial Pandemic Response System.  Since  September  30th  2020,  the  First  Nation  confirmed  that  19  people  have  tested  positive  for  COVID-­‐19.

“After  receiving  confirmation  of  positive  cases  within  our  community,  we  quickly  responded  and  have  moved into our next phase of pandemic planning to manage cases and keep the community safe,” said Chief Raymond Keeper of the Little Grand Rapids First Nation.

“Little Grand Rapids First Nation is experiencing a high number of cases for a smaller, remote First Nation. The community is working with supports that are in place to help deal with these current cases and prevent further spread,” said Grand Chief Arlen Dumas of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC). “AMC and the Manitoba First Nations Pandemic Response Coordination Team (PRCT) are also providing full support to the First Nation and will continue to work with LGRFN leadership.” 

Since the positive cases were identified, a Rapid Response Team was deployed and is in the community to support testing, case and contact management. The Chief and Council are working with the Province to move the community to Red on Manitoba’s Provincial Pandemic Response System. This move will increase safety measures and support the community in reducing spread of the virus within Little Grand. 

AMC Grand Chief Arlen Dumas concluded, “I commend LGRFN leadership on their swift, diligent and compassionate attention to this evolving situation and will continue to remain in contact with them and all Nations that require support as we act to keep everyone safe.”  

Community Members to Stay-at-Home 

The LGRFN advises community members to stay home during this time except when seeking medical care, going for testing if they have symptoms or have been advised they are a close contact, or a single individual from the household going to the store for essential items.  

The Anishinaabe First Nation is 268 air kilometers northeast of Winnipeg and on the shores of Family Lake near the Manitoba / Ontario border. The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) is issuing this release in partnership with and in support of the Little Grand Rapids First Nation. 

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