(Toronto, ON, March 31, 2020) – Early today, Ontario Northland suspended passenger service between Cochrane and Moosonee, Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald applauds this action, stemming the flow of potential Coronavirus carriers into the Mushkegowuk communities.

“I am relieved that Ontario Northland made the decision to suspend the passenger service after hearing the concerns of the Mushkegowuk Council,” said Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald. “It is important to ensure that there are accessibility protections in place for the members of the First Nation communities on the James Bay coast. The coronavirus could easily overwhelm First Nation communities if we do not take extreme measures, and Ontario Northland has listened and taken direct action for the protection of all.”

Ontario Northland passenger service will be re-evaluated every two weeks, as freight service between Cochrane and Moosonee will continue as scheduled. Continuing the freight service will ensure the continued transportation of essential supplies, including food, medical supplies, building materials, fuel and equipment.

“I acknowledge the work of the Mushkegowuk Council, Ontario Northland, the Mayor and the province during this crisis and collaborating with First Nations leadership for the benefit of all. We need to act in cooperation and take serious actions in order to preserve health and save lives,” said Regional Chief Archibald.


Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald


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