WHEREAS the spread of COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020.
WHEREAS the Province of Ontario declared an emergency under subsection 7.0.1(3) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act because the COVID-19 pandemic “constitutes a danger of major proportions that could result in serious harm to persons.” This declaration has been extended to June 30, 2020.
WHEREAS the Province of Ontario has moved to Stage 2 of its re-opening, including allowing groups of up to ten people to gather.
WHEREAS the Moose Factory Pandemic Emergency Operations Team was formed and includes representatives from Moose Cree First Nation, MoCreebec, and Weeneebayko Area Health Authority.
WHERAS the Moose Factory Pandemic Operations Team has determined that the community of Moose Factory must re-open at a slower rate than the rest of the province to due to the high percentage of community members with pre-existing conditions that place them at high risk, and due to the community’s limited health infrastructure to manage a COVID-19 outbreak.
WHEREAS Chief and Council, the Moose Factory Pandemic Operations Team, and the Local Services Board support the continued restriction of non-essential activities within the entire community of Moose Factory Island to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
WHEREAS the Moose Cree First Nation has an inherent right to self-government and existing Aboriginal and treaty rights throughout the whole of the Moose Cree Homeland, rooted in the pre-colonial occupation of our Homeland by our ancestors and in our pre-existing systems of law and governance.
WHEREAS Chief and Council have the authority and jurisdiction pursuant to the inherent and treaty rights of Moose Cree First Nation and sections 81(1)(a), (c), (d), (p), (q), and (r) of the Indian Act to enact emergency measures to prevent the spreading of contagious and infectious diseases.
NOW THEREFORE, Chief and Council hereby enact the following bylaw for the protection of public health and safety on Moose Factory Island:
Emergency Physical Distancing Measures