(M’Chigeeng First Nation, ON – September 16, 2021) Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare issued the following statement encouraging First Nations to continue to practice COVID-19 public health measures in the wake of the fourth wave:

“Ontario is experiencing a surge of COVID-19 infections, and our seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases continues to climb from week to week. It is clear we are now in the fourth wave,” said Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare. “Our health care system is near or at capacity in many regions, and I would like to commend our front-line workers from across the region for their hard work and sacrifice. I also want to acknowledge First Nations leadership in Ontario for their dedication and amazing work in keeping their youth, Elders and communities safe and supported during the pandemic.”

“As Ontario continues to reopen and prepares to roll out the vaccine passports, it is essential to remember the vital role we all play in keeping our Elders, youth and communities safe. I encourage all to continue to practice public health measures such as continuing to: wear a face mask in all indoor settings, physical distance from others and wash your hands to prevent further spread of this virus within our homes and communities.

The Chiefs of Ontario will continue to monitor the evolving situation and provide information, updates, and analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic as we navigate the fourth wave to ensure the continued safety of our communities, children and families. We encourage all, who are able, to get vaccinated and continue to follow public health advice to help stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare

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