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Band Council Resolution: COVID-19 State of Emergency

Chronolooical No: 904
File Reference: 04-14-2020
Date: April 14, 2020



Brokenhead Ojibway Nation Band Resolution:


WHEREAS, the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) is a new virus that has not been previously identified in humans and is a serious threat to public safety, with the situation evolving daily;


WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the global outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic;


WHEREAS, on March 20, 2020, the Province of Manitoba has declared a state of emergency under the Emergency Measures Act;


WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs declared a State of Emergency in response to the escalating (COVID-19) crisis, the AMC Executive Council of Chiefs (ECC) called for a state of emergency for each First Nation in Manitoba;


WHEREAS, on April 3, 2020 Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, has declared a local state of emergency;


WHEREAS, direct action is required to prevent or limit loss of life and harm or damage to the safety, health and well-being of First Nation citizens and Communities in Manitoba due to COVID-19;


WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation to enact by-law(s) and/or policies to provide for emergency planning, management and implementation of measures required for the public health and safety of Brokenhead Ojibway Nation citizens, residents and visitors to Brokenhead Ojibway Nation Lands;


FINALLY, BE IT RESOLVED, upon the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation declaring a state of emergency, Chief and Council may make such orders and regulations it believes is necessary to mitigate risk associated with the COVID-19 crisis such as:


  1. The regulation or prohibition of travel to, from or within any specified area of Brokenhead Ojibway Nation lands.
  2. The evacuation of persons and the removal of personal property from any specified area making arrangements for the adequate care and protection of person and property;
  3. Ensure Social Distancing practices are observed by community members to flatten curve of the spread of COVID-19. As such a postponement of community events including weddings, birthdays, funerals, church services, community feasts and any other activities where groups of people congregate until such time when risk to the community can be averted;
  4. Authorize the entry into any building on Brokenhead Ojibway Nation lands without a warrant or order under the community bylaws/policies.
  5. Authorize the procurement, use and distribution of essential resources, services and personnel providing for reasonable compensation for in respect of the resources or services provided;
  6. Regulate and provide for the distribution and availability or essential goods, services and resources;
  7. Authorize and make emergency payments
  8. Direct or authorize the closure of schools, businesses and other facilities;
  9. Establish community curfews;
  10. Establish emergency shelters, health treatment, isolation or quarantine centers, or such facilities as may be required;
  11. Assess the damage to the environment, any works, undertakings, infrastructure or other

structures and the costs to repair, replace or restore the environment, such works, undertakings, infrastructure or other structures;

  1. I) Expend such sums as necessary to pay expenses caused directly or indirectly by the emergency and;
  1. Evict, banish, imprison or impose fines consistent with Brokenhead Ojibway Nation community


  1. Chief & Council are the recognized authority and will have the authority to lift the state of emergency when it is safe to do so in conjunction with Brokenhead Health Services.

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