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Blood Tribe Chief and Council pass Emergency Protection Bylaw

By Lethbridge Herald on April 11, 2020.

Blood Tribe media release:


Blood Tribe Chief and Council passed a new bylaw to address the well-being of Blood Tribe members residing on the Blood Reserve during any type of emergency, including pandemics like COVID-19.

The Emergency Protection Bylaw went into effect when it was posted on the Tribe’s website on Thursday, April 9, 2020. The Bylaw can be viewed here:

In addition to the bylaw, the Tribe also amended the current curfew that was put in place on March 30, 2020. The curfew was issued as a directive by Chief and Council to curb any traffic during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The previous curfew focused on Blood Tribe youth under the age of 18 but now extends to Blood Tribe members of all ages.

“Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Blood Tribe Chief and Council has the utmost responsibility to take all possible measures to protect all who reside on the Blood Reserve thereby minimizing the risk to residents,” said Dorothy First Rider, Blood Tribe Councillor, “the Bylaw is a means to allow us to respond to health emergencies in a rapid, comprehensive and effective way to ensure the safety and well-being of our community.”

The amended curfew:

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