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ATC creates COVID-19 treatment facility for First Nations

IMAGE. Supplied by the Athabasca Tribal Council.

Our region’s five First Nation communities can find treatment and support during the COVID-19 crisis.

Athabasca Tribal Council (ATC) announced the creation of an urban isolation facility.

CEO Karla Buffalo said the health and wellbeing of the communities is the ATC’s top priority.

“Each community is working to support their members, whether at home or in additional facilities during the pandemic. This urban isolation facility is an extra measure to help serve the regional communities.”

The ATC-managed facility contains 26 units with medical staff, security, and meal support.

Chief Allan Adam, who is the President of the ATC, said the facility will provide additional support for First Nations in the region.

“Each community has their own Emergency Response Plan (ERP), and intends to continue to support members on reserve, however this is an additional resource available if needed.”

Community leaders in Fort Chipewyan also petitioned RMWB Council for a curfew for the hamlet’s residents.

READ MORE: Chief of Mikisew Cree First Nation says Fort Chipewyan now under curfew

Each First Nation must complete a referral form for community members who may require isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If approved, the members may move into the facility.

First Nations continue to collaborate with the ATC Health Department to process intakes.