Drivers can pass through Sagkeeng Check Points: Chief Henderson

Photo: Chief Derrick Henderson (file photo)

By Don Norman

A recent article posted by the Advocate indicated that non-Sagkeeng First Nations members would be denied entry at the check stops entering Sagkeeng. It turns out that this is not the case.

The by-law, passed by Sagkeeng Chief and Council to safeguard band members in the wake of a positive COVID-19 in the community, clearly states, “Non-SFN community members shall be denied entry to the community at the checkpoints that have been established at the community entrances. Exceptions shall be made in limited circumstances, including for spouses, common-law partners and children of SFN members.”

But after requesting clarification from Chief Derrick Henderson, he indicated that drivers will indeed be allowed to pass. “PTH #11 is a provincial highway and anyone who is travelling through Sagkeeng to Traverse Bay or Belair to Lac Du Bonnet is permitted to go through,” stated Chief Henderson. “Information requested at checkpoints is for contact information purposes only.”

The information that drivers can not pass through the check stops, was also published in this week’s print edition (which went to press last night, before Chief Henderson’s clarification). We do our best to try to get the most accurate and up to date information out to the public, but we missed this one. Apologies for any confusion.

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