First Nations on Manitoulin propose joint COVID response committee to heal divisions
SAULT STE. MARIE -- On Manitoulin Island, many First Nations and municipalities are on different pages during the COVID-19 pandemic -- and it's causing a divide across the island.
On April 25, a travel ban was set up. Checkpoints were put up on Highway 540 and Highway 551, where they run through M'chigeeng First Nation.
The move forced a local mayor to call on the province to step in.
This week, an Island First Nation organization proposed a new COVID-19 response committee that would include input from "all voices," without the province having to get involved.
The committee would be made up of eight people -- four indigenous and four non-indigenous -- and would have a rotating chairperson.
It would also include representatives from police and public health officials to help get the entire island working together during the pandemic.
With files from Alana Pickrell, CTV News Northern Ontario.