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Second wave of COVID-19 crashing into several First Nations communities – APTN News

Chief Heidi Cook sees the log reports showing how many cars travel through her community of Misipawistik Cree Nation along Hwy 6 in Manitoba.

The highway is a major route to northern Manitoba.

There’s supposed to be a travel ban on non-essential travel to that part of the province at the 53rd parallel.

“There is a vehicle every minute or two that’s passing through the community and you just know not a lot is essential travel, there’s not that many essential reasons to be travelling,” said Cook on Nation to Nation.

The checkpoint was recently put back up after travel eased over the summer following a similar checkpoint being up in early spring when the global pandemic was just beginning.

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