The NCN Lockdown has been lifted on a trial basis as of Thursday, May 21, 2020 until further notice; subject to a number of restrictions to continue ensuring the health and safety of our community.  NCN residents  are strongly encouraged to practice all precautionary measures and ensure that the Order In Council and  Public Health Orders continue to be obeyed.  These rules are as follows;

Public Health Regulations

Effective at 12:01 May 22, 2020 no more than 25 people may gather at any indoor place or premises and no more than 50 people in outdoor areas, including places of worship, gatherings and family events such as weddings and funerals, ceremonies and sweats unless special written authorization is obtained from Chief and Council following consultation with NCN Health Director or her designate.

  • Good hygiene and social distancing.
  • Cleaning your hands regularly, avoid touching your face, coughing or sneezing into your elbow or sleeve, and disposing of tissues appropriately;
  • Stay home and away from others, especially if you are sick;

Travel Regulations

Persons ordinarily resident on NCN Lands referred to as IR 170 and IR A, B, and C in Aski Pumenikeiwin  including children will be allowed to enter and exit the community seven days a week subject to the following:

  • No persons may leave the community before 9:00 am with the exception of essential services workers or with written authorization from the Executive Director of Justice and Public Safety or designate;
  • Any person who leaves the community must be in the line up at the check-stop no later that 9:00 pm or they will not be allowed to re-enter the community;
  • Fast foods will be allowed into the community but the FNSO’s shall have the discretion search food products’
  • Each person leaving the community must agree in writing to abide by all NCN Laws and the provisions in the OIC prior to leaving the community;
  • All persons arriving at the check-stop will continue to be required to fill out a questionnaire prior to entry into the community (for tracking and monitoring residents and visitors leaving and re-entering the community) to ensure compliance with the OIC
  • No person is allowed to travel south of Thompson, without prior written authorization from the Executive of Justice and Public Safety in consultation with Chief & Council and the NCN Health Director;
  • Unless the NCN Health Director determines otherwise all employees of NCN Entities and Nisichawayasi Nehethowuk Okemawin are allowed to return to work in the community as long as they have not travelled south of Thompson or outside of Manitoba since March 20, 2020 and are not displaying any COVID-19 symptoms;
  • Any person who has previously violated NCN Laws including any previous NCN Order in Council and is subject to a fine or other penalty must have paid the fine or complied with any other alternate arrangements or conditions imposed;
  • Persons ordinarily resident in the City of Thompson can apply to the Executive Director of Justice and Public Safety for a special pass to visit NCN Citizens and residents living on IR 170 and IR 170 A, B, and C as described Aski-Pumenikiwin.
  • Post-Secondary students in Thompson can come home and if they are coming from Winnipeg they need to self-isolate at ATEC
  • Any person who has previously violated NCN Laws including any previous NCN Order in Council and is subject to a fine or other penalty must have paid the fine or complied with any other alternate arrangements or conditions imposed;
  • Any persons currently residing in the community who signed an acknowledgement (waiver) that NCN would have no responsibility to make arrangements for, or provide any services to that person during the State of Emergency will be allowed to return to the community as long as they have not travelled south of Thompson since March 20, 2020 and agree to isolate at a designated isolation unit for 14 days upon their return to community;
  • NCN Citizens released from jail and who are not subject to a banishment order are allowed to visit or reside on NCN Lands only with a special pass issued by the Executive Director of Justice & Public Safety or designate following a risk assessment and determination of appropriate conditions
  • All vehicles and supplies will be searched at the check-stop and the person in possession of the supplies must be co-operative during search
  • No Public Transportation to Thompson (i.e. No buses)

Alcohol & Cannabis Allowable Weekly Limit (7 days) Regulations

A person with a valid permit issued in accordance with the Nisichawayasi Community Protection Law, 2019,c. C-1 and regulations will be allowed to bring the following products into the community on a weekly basis;

  • Restrictions of Alcohol
    • Limit – 24 355 mil cans or bottles of beer or coolers only (once per week only)
    • 4 L of wine (box or bottles) (once per week only)
  • No spirits (rye, whiskey, vodka, rum, scotch, etc.)
  • Restrictions of Cannabis
    • 30 grams of cannabis as long as the cannabis is sealed and is in its original thermal wrapper and the person can produce a receipt from META for the purchase of the cannabis (once per week only)
  • All prohibitions on bootlegging or buying, selling and transporting illegal drugs as outlined in the Nisichawayasi Community Protection Law 2019, c. C-1 and federal or provincial legislation continue to apply during the State of Emergency and anyone selling illegal drugs or bootlegging will be banished from NCN Lands.

Campers, Fishers, Hunters Regulations

All NCN Citizens and residents are authorized to obtain a special entry/exit passes to go camping within the NCN Resource Management Area if they have not previously violated NCN Laws including all OIC’s issued during the current coronavirus pandemic and are not currently displaying any COVID19 symptoms, subject to the following regulations:

  • Campsites, tents, cabins or campers must be limited to 25 or less people indoors and 50 or less in outdoor areas;
  • All Campers, Fishers and Hunters need a pass;  must apply for a campers pass by 3:00 pm, Friday, May 22, 2020;
  • Prior to leaving NCN each camper must complete and sign a waiver and release form;
  • Persons residing in the same house should camp together;
  • If socializing with persons in neighboring sites takes place, the total number of campers and visitors must continue to comply with the limitations of 25 indoors and 50 outdoors;
  • Must complete and sign the waiver & release form;
  • All campers, fishers and hunters must maintain physical distancing of two metres or six feet from others;
  • There must be no contact with campers who are not ordinarily resident at NCN or Thompson;
  • Campers must continue frequently wash their hands, avoid touching their face, and should cough or sneeze into their elbows or sleeves, and dispose of tissues appropriately;
  • Washrooms or washing stations must be frequently cleaned and sanitized and it is the responsibility of each camper to ensure they have sufficient amount of hygiene products such as soap, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, paper towel, required personal  prescription drugs and medical supplies including first aid kits;
  • Hunters and fishers must ensure that they have possession of their Possession Acquisition License and Firearms Certificates and they must wear reflective gear or clothing that is visible to other hunters & fishers;
  • Campers are responsible for their own safety and must be mindful of bears as they are out of hibernation so all necessary safety practises, including not feeding the bears or any other wild animals and keeping supplies out of reach, must be practised at all times;
  • All trash is to be packed up when leaving campsite, cabin or campers
  • Campers must return to the check stop no later than 9:00 pm.

Curfew & Community Patrol

  • A curfew shall be in effect from 11:00 PM to 6:00 am daily for all persons with the exception of essential workers, medical personnel, utility workers, designated NCN advisors, First Nation Officers, utility workers, designated NCN advisors members of Chief and Council, persons having medical emergencies requiring assistance of the Nursing Station and any other persons designated in writing by the Executive Director of Justice and Public Safety
  • Community Patrol will remain in effect from 8:00 pm – 8:00 am
  • NCN residents will continue receive fines if curfew is violated;

****Failure to comply with these rules & regulations, or the rules set out in NCN Laws,  NCN Order In Councils, The Public Health Act, and or the Quarantine Act (Canada)  constitutes an offence and will result in evictions, banishments, fines of $500.00, removal of benefits or other.