There were 28 known active cases of COVID-19 at Keeseekoowenin Ojibway First Nation, Chief Norman Bone reported Wednesday via Facebook.
The Sun reached out to Bone to confirm the active case count but did not receive a response by Friday’s print deadline.
In the original Facebook post, Bone clarified 211 tests had been done, 28 positive cases were found and that more testing needed to be done. The community’s pandemic team has been meeting by conference call with Prairie Mountain Health and First Nations officials to plan a pandemic support plan.
"We still advise all members to stay home for your safety and use all the protective protocols," he wrote. "If you need to be out of your houses limit your activities to your yards. There are some helpers that are out providing assistance, please wear face-covering and continue sanitizing practices."
Limit travel, co-operate with road monitors and limit travel to the purchase of goods and services, he added.
Meanwhile, Birdtail Sioux Dakota Nation reported preventative measures.
A letter to parents, guardians and community members dated April 21 from then-Chief Ken Chalmers read: "Effective tomorrow, April 22, 2021, The Chan Kagha Otina Dakota Wayawa Tipi School will be closed until further notice. As many of you are aware, there have been positive COVID-19 cases appearing in communities all around and there are significant concerns about the highly contagious variants of COVID-19."
The letter indicated students would be learning remotely and were expected to adhere to provincial health regulations.
The Sun reached out to former Chief Ken Chalmers and newly elected Chief Lindsay Bunn Jr. for any status updates regarding the school but did not receive a response by Friday’s print deadline.
The Sun also reached out to the office of the First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba for comment on the spread of the virus in First Nations communities and received the following response:
"Unfortunately we do not provide information on First Nations breakdowns. However, I would encourage you to visit the First Nations FB pages. They provide updates there and information to questions you had like if there was transmission from a certain event."
They report remembering a notice from the province about two outbreaks/events, and that Sioux Valley Dakota Nation was one of them.
The Sun was invited to attend the Manitoba First Nations COVID-19 Pandemic Response Co-ordination Team update at noon but was unable to attend due to previous commitments.
UPDATE: There are no active COVID-19 cases at Birdtail Sioux Dakota Nation, Chief Lindsay Bunn Jr. clarified during the weekend, noting current lockdown measures are precautionary. Incorrect information appeared in a previous version of this story.