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Checkstops will stay, say leaders in Tuk and Fort Resolution – Cabin Radio

by ahnationtalk on April 9, 202048 Views

April 8, 2020

While Premier Caroline Cochrane has urged the NWT’s local leaders not to use checkpoints, the hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk and Deninu Kue First Nation each say theirs will remain in place.

The two are among the first to erect checkpoints in response to Covid-19. Speaking to Cabin Radio on Tuesday, Cochrane had asked for such communities to “sit down and talk” with the government so “all of us feel safe.”

Deninu Kue Chief Louis Balsillie said the community of Fort Resolution – where the first case of Covid-19 in a small NWT community was identified last week – would be keeping its checkpoint intact.

“This virus has put a lot of burden on people,” Balsillie said on Wednesday. “Everybody is hurting in a lot of different ways and it’s difficult to deal with things. My people need comfort.”

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