IRC joins those calling for alcohol restrictions in NWT – Cabin Radio

by ahnationtalk on April 9, 202060 Views

April 8, 2020

The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) is joining other Indigenous groups across the Northwest Territories in asking the NWT government to restrict alcohol sales during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a news release on Monday, the corporation said restricting the amount of alcohol individuals can buy is “necessary for the safety of communities” and would help reduce the “common” issue of bootlegging. The corporation wants restrictions in place immediately.

“IRC strongly recommends that GNWT place restrictions on alcohol sales so residents can continue to make better choices, think clearly, and individuals and families are able to stay home safely,” IRC chair and chief executive Duane Smith was quoted as saying.

Smith said that would ensure “emergency funds intended to protect the most vulnerable [are] focused on their comfort, health, and continued safety.”

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