COVID-19 Update (March 20, 2020)

Hi this is Marshall Auger, Reeve of MD of Opportunity and Chief Silas Yellowknee of Bigstone Cree Nation.


The MD of Opportunity and Bigstone Cree Nation declared a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) today March 20, 2020.  This State of Local Emergency (SOLE) will effect the communities of Wabasca, Calling Lake, Sandy Lake, Chipewyan Lake and Red Earth Creek.

Both Governments have taken the advice of our Local Doctors, and this action should not be taken lightly.  This action was decided after numerous consultations, strong recommendations and advice from Dr. Eric and Dr. Eric will also personally address to the people in a separate message the concern and the facts to our community.

What SOLE means to everyone;

This SOLE for both Federal and Provincial governments have the ability to gain more resources to better protect our people in our communities

Both governments would like to ensure that essential staff services are covered.

No restrictions have been made as of right now, but SOLE will give both governments the ability to restrict access to communities, set curfews, setting operation times for businesses.

As stated at this time there are NO RESTRICTIONS with SOLE but maybe implemented if further recommendations are not adhered to.

Please follow the guidelines as set by AHS and also what our Doctors recommendations to

Wash your hands, stay home if you can, no socializing in large groups and practice social distancing.

Use the Alberta Heath website Self assessment tool FIRST if you are feeling any symptoms

Call the local support lines

Call 811

And in the event of a real Emergency as in LIFE OR DEATH call 911

All residents of MD and BCN are strongly encouraged and strongly recommend to self isolate and limit socializing meaning visiting in homes.