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Pasqua, Muscowpetung First Nations deal with security issues amid pandemic – Regina Leader-Post

by ahnationtalk on April 20, 202095 Views

As the Pasqua First Nation is working to keep its elders healthy and free of COVID-19, it’s also contending with people trying to sneak onto its land by using ATVs to go around security checkpoints.

“I don’t know if it’s band members; (they) are trying to sneak around on their ATVs, the four-wheelers. (Security guards) have been trying to catch them,” councillor Cindy Desnomie said. She manages Pasqua’s health and justice files.

As part of its emergency response plan, developed under the late Chief Elaine Chicoose during the H1N1 pandemic in 2009, the First Nation decided on security checkpoints to track members’ comings and goings, ensuring that only members and their spouses enter or leave.

On March 13, current Chief Todd Peigan, along with the housing manager and public works manager, put the plan into action, including 24-hour checkpoints.

Security guards patrol five entranceways onto Pasqua during 12-hour shifts, using barricades and signage to control traffic. They’ve also put up heavy, concrete blockades at gravel and dirt roads leading into the community.

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