Tansi, as of August 18, 2020 the NCN lockdown IS NOT in effect, however we do ask that everyone continue to be very cautious as the virus is still a major concern. Manitoba has continued to have an increase in positive cases of the virus and for this reason we are asking Citizens to limit travel. Most cases in the south are linked to a known clusters in regions or communities. This is called community transmission and not travel-related, but as numbers increase the risk remains a concern for everyone. The best way to keep the virus out of the community is to limit travelling to areas of risk. NCN Citizens are strongly encouraged to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means not going out while you feel ill, practicing proper hand hygiene, covering your cough and physical distancing. If you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms then you should get tested and self-isolate immediately.

As of August 17,2020 Thirty-eight new cases of the virus have been identified. In addition, four other cases have been removed from the list. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 731. For current up-to-date information visit http://www.manitoba.ca/covid19/

  • one new case in Interlake-Eastern Health region;
  • 20 new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
  • 12 new cases in Southern Health-Sante Sud; and
  • five new cases in the Winnipeg region.


  • Follow check stop procedures and safety protocol if travelling south or out of the province
  • Contact the NCN public and safety director with travel plans before leaving and when returning
  • Wash your hands frequently;
  • Clean your homes and vehicles frequently with sanitizing solutions;
  • Not share utensils, cigarettes, cannabis or drinks;
  • Maintain a safe distance (six feet or 2 metres) between you and other people who do not live in the same household;
  • Wear a mask when in public spaces with large numbers of people or where physical distancing in not possible.


  • Under the curfew, children 17 years and under are not to be out between 11:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. daily.
  • State of Emergency has been extended to August 31, 2020. The current State of Emergency Orders in Council can be read on www.ncncree.com

I also want to remind everyone that we all must do our part to keep each other safe. If the threat increases, then we may be required to reimplement the lockdown measures.

Chief Marcel Moody, Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation