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.”
WHEREAS the Moose Factory Pandemic Emergency Operations Team was formed and includes representatives from Moose Cree First Nation, MoCreebec, and Weeneebayko Area Health Authority.
WHEREAS the Chief & Council and the Moose Factory Pandemic Emergency Operations team has been informed of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Moose Factory Island.
WHEREAS Chief & 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 additional confirmed cases 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 & 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 & Council hereby enact the following bylaw for the protection of public health and safety on Moose Factory Island:
Emergency Preventative Measures