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EXTENDED: COVID-19 Security Health Measures – Until February 24, 2022

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The Chief & Council have extended the current COVID-19 Security Health Measures until February 24, 2022.

Reminder to our residents; the Chief & Council under the State of Emergency By-Law have to authority to issue Security Health Measures that protect the members of Fisher River Cree Nation; regardless of what the province has in place.

**Subject to Change if the current Community situation changes, for example: rise in cases**

Hotline Contact Numbers:

  • Fisher River General & Travel Hotline: 431.256.0041
  • Fisher River Health Services COVID-19 Hotline: 431.256.0395
  • Curfew/Stay-at-Home Order is 12:00am – 6:00am (7 days a week), which means access into the community will be Closed for anyone coming in & going, as well as all Fisher River residents should be in their homes and are to stay home during these hours. Anyone caught breaking the Curfew/Stay-at-Home Order will be subject to fines. Fines begin at $1,296.00 (exception is made for emergency purposes).
Personal/Private Gatherings & Visitation
  •  Private indoor/outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 additional people plus the household if all are fully vaccinated (youth under the age of 12 are exempt).
  • Private indoor/outdoor gatherings are limited to five additional people plus the household if any of the individuals are eligible but unvaccinated (youth under the age of 12 are exempt).

Large Household Gatherings & Parties (over the limits stated above) are still not permitted.  Anyone caught having parties or gathering(s) may be subject to fines/penalties issued from the RCMP, fines start from $1,296.00 and up.

  • Un-Monitored Outdoor Public Gatherings will be limited to 10 individuals
  •  Off-Reserve Members can visit the Community under the provisions stated above but must register with the Fisher River General & Travel Hotline before coming home. Off-Reserve members must Self-Monitor for the duration of their visit and follow the provisions stated above. Proof of vaccination will be required (youth under the age of 12 are exempt).
    • Out of province members can return to the community but MUST Register with the Fisher River General & Travel Hotline; fully vaccinated members from out of province will not have to isolate. Members not fully vaccinated will be subject to the 10-day isolation period.

Please limit your travel within the community if coming from out of Province for 14 days upon arrival.


Cultural, Funerals/Weddings and Religious Gatherings


  • Community/Cultural & Religious Gatherings will be limited to 10 participants indoors and outdoors.
  • Funerals/Weddings – Open to 10 participants for Indoor (if venue has the capacity to hold)/outdoor ceremonies, in addition to photographer and officiants.

A safety protocol plan must be provided in advance to the Chief & Council and Health Services prior to any event/funeral/wedding taking place.

Proof of vaccination is mandatory to attend any events in the Community (youth under the age of 12 are exempt).

Businesses, Retail & Personal Services
  • Retail/Service businesses open to 50%.
  • Implements measures to ensure that members of the public at the business are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other members of the public.
  • Restaurants, licensed premises and food courts are limited to 50 per cent capacity and are limited to seated service only with a maximum of 10 people per table.
  • Personal Services can open at 50 per cent capacity, appointments are no longer required.
  • Fisher River Gaming Centre can open and is limited to 50% capacity with proof of vaccination required.
  • Travel/Overnights outside of the community is recommended to essential purposes only. (Medical Appointments, Groceries, etc.):
    • Designated Shopper is recommended.
  • Individuals traveling for sporting activities are to please follow the COVID-19 Protocols in place at the facility you are attending. Please limit movement outside of the activity you are taking part in to avoid exposure.
  • Members leaving for Overnights will have to register with the Travel Hotline – 431.256.0041
  • Fully immunized Manitobans will now be able to travel between provinces without having to self-isolate for two weeks upon return with a new, secure immunization card that will be available to people two weeks after they have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
    • To be eligible to receive an immunization card, Manitobans must:
    •  have a Manitoba health card;
    • have received two doses of a vaccine; and
    • wait 10 days after getting the second dose of vaccine, so it can take full effect.
  • Manitobans may apply for the card using the new online portal at
  • Individuals who are traveling to US/International are subject to the protocols in place by the Government of Canada/Manitoba
  • We highly recommend that our members DO NOT travel abroad at this time.
Education & Child Care
  • Charles Sinclair School & Fisher River High School, will operate as per their guidelines (Subject to Change).
  • The WeeCare Child Care Centre will operate as per their guidelines (Subject to Change).
Sports & Recreation
  • All Sports & Recreation activities will be limited to 10 individuals.
  • Fisher River Fitness Centre can open to 50% and appointment based if (at discretion of management):
    • persons can produce proof of vaccination.
    • persons who produce proof from the Government of Manitoba that there is a medical reason for the person not to receive a vaccine for COVID-19.

A safety protocol plan must be provided in advance to the Chief & Council and Health Services prior to any event/funeral/wedding taking place.

Proof of vaccination is mandatory to attend any events in the Community (youth under the age of 12 are exempt).

Use of Masks
  • It is mandatory for a person who enters or remains in an indoor public place must wear a mask in a manner that covers their mouth, nose, and chin without gapping; unless drinking or eating.
  • The operator of an indoor public place must ensure that every person who is not wearing a mask while in the indoor public place is given a reminder to do so as soon as practicable.
  • Current fines range from $298 for not wearing a mask in a public place to $1,296 for individuals failing to comply with emergency orders and $5,000 for corporations disobeying the rules. Fines double for repeat offenders.
  • ·All residents & households who are contacted by Health Services and are instructed to Isolate is mandatory, regardless of Vaccination status. Anyone caught breaking Isolation Orders will be subject to fines.

Please remember to follow the best practices when out & about even when in the community:

  • wearing a face mask in the public,
  • maintain Social distancing,
  • clean commonly touched surfaces,
  • frequently wash hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer,
  • avoid contact with sick individuals,
  • stay home if feeling sick, even if mild symptoms; and
  • limiting carpooling or travelling in vehicles other than your immediate household family members. If you must travel with individuals outside your immediate house, please wearing a mask.
  • If you begin to develop symptoms for more than 24 for hours, even if mild; please contact Fisher River Health Services.

SYMPTOMS – New onset of:

  • Fever > 38°C or subjective fever / chills
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat / hoarse voice
  • Shortness of Breath/Breathing Difficulties
  • Loss of Smell or Taste
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea for more than 24 hours


  • Runny nose
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
  • Headache
  • Skin rash of unknown cause
  • Nausea or loss of appetite
  • Poor Feeding (if an Infant)

Please DO NOT travel if you do need to and please STAY HOME if you are feeling unwell. We all must do our part in protecting the community and these measures are to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

Chief David Crate
Councillor Darrell Thaddeus
Councillor Hillary Murdock
Councillor Cory Murdock
Councillor Carl Cochrane



  • Fisher River Health Services oversees Isolation matters for those who are COVID-19 Positives and those named as Close Contacts.
  • Fisher River Cree Nation Security oversees Isolation matters regarding violations of Health & Safety Protocols and Restrictions.

If you develop symptoms or are not sure if you should be tested, contact Fisher River Health Services COVID-19 Hotline at 431.256.0395 between 8:30am – 4:30pm. For after hours you can contact Percy E. Moore Hospital at 204.372.8444 or Health Links – Info Santé is available for questions or medical concerns at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257. Or if you are needing to speak to someone regarding mental wellness, please contact the Rainbow House Wellness Centre at 204.645.4995 or 431.256.0359 (After-Hours).

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Fisher River Cree Nation is a community in which our history, language, traditions, and culture are paramount to who we are as a people. We will protect and maintain the spirit and intent of the treaties and our inherent rights. Fisher River will be a self-sustaining progressive community with a strong and accountable government. We will provide an environment where all people are healthy, safe, and respected.