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Stay away from islands, Haida Nation asks

"We have made this critical decision to protect Island citizens, and especially our cherished elders, language speakers and knowledge holders."
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Historic Haida totem poles at the ancient village of Ninstints Photo by BOB HILSCHER/ISTOCK

The Council of Haida Nation is asking all non-residents or leisure travellers to stay away from Haida Gwaii to limit any spread of COVID-19 to the northern B.C. coastal archipelago.

“This decision was made after careful consideration and discussion with Village Councils and Municipalities and will not impact essential services to Island citizens or those returning home,” the council said in a news release.

“Given our culture, remote geography and limited healthcare resources, we have made this critical decision to protect Island citizens, and especially our cherished elders, language speakers and knowledge holders,” the release said.

The council said it would take whatever precautions are needed to protect communities.

These are extraordinary times around the world and Haida Gwaii is no exception,” the council said. “If you can, please stay home and continue to support the most vulnerable members of our communities, together we can save lives.”

The council assured the situation would not impact essential services to island citizens or those returning home.

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