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Northern Ontario communities doing what they can to keep COVID-19 out – APTN News
by ahnationtalk onApril 2, 202035 Views
April 1, 2020
If you’re heading to a community in the Nishnawbe Aski Nation there’s a good chance you have to take a plane to get there.
And that, according to the minister of Indigenous Services, makes them more vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19.
“We saw this during H1N1, we saw this during SARS, we’ve learned from those events,” said Marc Miller. “But the reality remains that Indigenous people in Canada experience more overcrowding, a higher burden of chronic disease and some live in highly remote and isolated parts of this country.”
NAN represents 49 communities in northern Ontario – a majority are fly-in.
Wasaya Airways is one of the airlines that services many of them.