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EOCG COMMUNITY UPDATE January 15, 2021 [3 pages]          EDITED JANUARY 18, 2021
Posted: Jan 15, 2021


January 15, 2021 [3 pages]          EDITED JANUARY 18, 2021




Ontario declared a SECOND STATE OF EMERGENCY under section 7.0.1(1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act on January 12, 2021 to address the ongoing pandemic crisis.

Despite a shutdown order issued during the holiday season, Ontario’s COVID-19 case numbers have continued to rise at an alarming rate while stressing health care services across the province. In announcing the new Stay-at-Home orders, the Premier noted that if current case trends continue, Ontario’s hospitals will be overwhelmed within weeks with “unthinkable consequences.”

While declaring this second state of emergency, the province also issued a STAY-AT-HOME ORDER while introducing enhanced enforcement measures to limit mobility within the province and reduce the number of daily contacts with those outside immediate households.


The province-wide Stay-at-Home Order is effective January 14, 2021 at 12:01am, for a period of 28 days. The Order requires everyone to remain at home with exceptions made for those activities or purposes deemed essential, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, exercising or to go to work (where work cannot be done remotely).

The province has said there is no set definition for what is "essential" because everyone has their own unique circumstances and regional considerations from one area of the province to another.

Under the Stay-At-Home Order, there is no limit on how many times people can leave their homes per day, or on how long they can be out. Premier Doug Ford has urged people to use their "best judgment" in deciding whether to go out.


There are also ADDITIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES announced by the province, effective on January 13, 2021, including:

  • · Outdoor organized public gatherings and social gatherings are further restricted to a limit of five people with limited exceptions. Please note that these are the same rules put in place during the province’s first lockdown in the early days of the pandemic in Ontario.

  • · Wearing a mask or face covering is now recommended outdoors when you can't physically distance more than two metres.  Please note that public health measures continue to require wearing a mask or face covering in indoor areas of businesses or organizations that are open.

  • · All non-essential retail stores, including hardware stores, alcohol retailers, and those offering curbside pickup or delivery, must open no earlier than 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 p.m. The restricted hours of operation do not apply to stores that primarily sell food, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, and restaurants for takeout or delivery.

  • · Non-essential construction is further restricted.


NEW ENFORCEMENT MEASURES have also been introduced with authority provided to all provincial offences officers, including the Ontario Provincial Police, local police forces, bylaw officers and provincial workplace inspectors to issue tickets to individuals who do not comply with the Stay-at-Home Order, those not wearing a mask or face covering in places open to the public, and the operators of retail businesses who do not enforce public health requirements.



Sagamok Anishnawbek’s Response to Ontario’s 2nd Emergency Declaration & Stay-At-Home Order

On January 14, 2021, the Sagamok Anishnawbek Emergency Operations Control Group (EOCG) met to assess the community’s pandemic response in relation to the province’s second Emergency Declaration, Stay-At-Home Order and additional Public Health Measures described in the Ministry of Health’s January 12, 2021 updated guidelines, “Enhancing Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures in the Province-wide Shutdown.”

The Sagamok Anishnawbek EOCG and Council advise residents that the province’s Stay-at-Home Order and additional Public Health Measures apply to the Sagamok community and to be aware that the province intends to enforce the new Order and Measures.


Essential and Critical Services to Continue Uninterrupted

Be advised that all Essential and Critical Services in the Sagamok Anishnawbek community will continue to be delivered.


Non-Essential Programming Remains Cancelled

Be advised that all non-essential services, including recreational programming is cancelled while the Stay-At-Home Orders and additional Public Health measures remain in-effect.


Sagamok Learners to continue in class; Grades 1-3 to wear masks

Biidaaban Kinoomaagegamik students, Shki Waase Aaban Binoojiinh Gamik learners and Espanola High School students will continue with in-class learning. Following the new health measures, face coverings are now required for Grades 1-3. Previously, face coverings were required for Grades 4-8 and in High School.


Non-resident shoppers from the local, immediate region

Consumers of essential goods and those coming into the Sagamok community to perform essential services or provide essential goods may continue to do so, those are asked to restrict their time and visit in the community to the time and places that are required in order to conduct their essential business.


Deliveries from outside the Sagamok community

Deliveries of essential goods and services from outside the Sagamok community will continue to be permitted.


Community businesses

Retailers in the Sagamok community are asked to adhere to the new enhanced Public Health Measures, continuing to ensure patrons wear masks or face-coverings and practicing physical distancing, maintaining capacity limits and safe line management when required, maintaining their safety plans and ensuring that their establishments are disinfected. Community businesses are encouraged to explore curb-side options.


Sagamok employees, where possible, to work remotely

Except for instances in which the nature of their work requires to be on-site in the their workplaces, all staff will work from home.


Meetings to move to online, virtual platforms

Meetings of the Sagamok Anishnawbek, including community leadership and committees will move to on-line, virtual platforms.


Indian Lake Camp is now closed for bookings

Sagamok community hunt camp located at Indian Lake will no longer take bookings during the time that the province’s Stay-at-Home Order remains in effect.


Sagamok Online Bingo Sales now restricted to residents

Bingo sales are not deemed essential services warranting the continuation of sales to those living outside the Sagamok Anishnawbek community. Sales will be discontinued to non-residents.


Under the Ontario Stay-At-Home Order: There is NO VISITING

Be advised that there is NO VISITING PERMITTED under Ontario’s Stay-at-Home Order.

Sagamok resident travelers and visitors are reminded that Sagamok Anishnawbek maintains a road access checkpoint station for the purpose of screening travelers coming from high risk areas to help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 into our community through those who travel to areas in the province with high numbers of active cases of the virus.


Advising Resident Travelers they may freely travel within both the Algoma and Sudbury Public Health areas for essential purposes (*provided these areas are not designated as “high risk areas”)

Be advised that the local region(s) Sagamok residents may freely travel throughout the Public Health Regions on both Sudbury and Algoma. Be further advised that during the province’s shutdown, Sagamok Anishnawbek’s travel and visitor protocols continue to apply to all areas of Ontario and including the north. In the event that the Sudbury and Algoma Public Health Units may report active numbers that cause them to be designated as “high risk” areas during the province’s lockdown, Sagamok’s travel and protocols will apply to these areas as well.


Please be advised that the Sagamok Anishnawbek Emergency Operations Control Group (EOCG) and Council continue to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic crisis as the situation evolves, relying upon advice from Public Health Authorities.


Sagamok Anishnawbek community members are asked to abide by the province-wide Stay-at-Home Order and Public Health Measures, using their “best judgement” when deciding to go out.

It is through everyone’s cooperation that we can begin to see the way past the current crisis. Please stay home and stay safe.

Please continue to exercise all they ways you know how to keep yourself protected and all of us safe from the spread of COVID-19 into our community.

Please continue to look out for community members who may need help and continue to respect those who require special or additional care and attention, like our Elders and other vulnerable populations.







Ontario has announced the extension of the province wide shutdown by declaring a provincial emergency for the second time during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the Emergency Declaration comes a 28 day Stay-At-Home Order, new Public Health Measures and a promise to enforce the new Order and Measures.





The Sagamok Anishnawbek EOCG has determined that:

  • · Critical and essential services will continue uninterrupted

  • · Non-essential programming is cancelled.

  • · Sagamok learners will continue with in-class learning and grades 1-3 are now required to wear a mask or face covering.

  • · The “Safe Travels In Ontario Travel Risk Dashboard” will continue to apply during the shutdown.

  • · Travel areas for Sagamok residents during the shutdown will include both the Algoma and Sudbury Public Health regions (though travel may be impacted if Active Case numbers exceed the “Safe Travels In Ontario Travel Risk Dashboard” prescribed levels of 11 or more cases).

  • · Non-resident consumers from the immediate and local region seeking access to essential goods and services from Sagamok Retailers continue to be permitted.

  • · Delivery services bringing in essential goods and services to Sagamok retailers and residents from the local region continue to be permitted.

  • · Community businesses are asked to adhere to the new Public Health Measures.

  • · Where possible, Sagamok Anishnawbek employees will work remotely.

  • · Meetings will move to online, virtual platforms.

  • · Indian Lake Camp now closed for community bookings

  • · Online Bingo Sales now restricted to residents





Sagamok Community Wellness asks that all Residents to remain vigilant in practicing safe behaviors to help stop the spread of COVID-19 into the Sagamok community


Be advised there remains a VISITOR RESTRICTION for the ELDERS EAGLE LODGE


STAY INFORMED on Sagamok Anishnawbek’s Emergency Operations Control Group and our Community’s Pandemic Response by connecting to our “Sagamok Anishnawbek COVID-19 Alert” Facebook group.








Nicole Eshkakogan, Director, Community Wellness, Incident Command

Tammy Manitowabi, Director of Operations

Ross Assinewe, Director, Planning & Infrastructure

Anna Marie Abitong, Director, Education

Brenda Rivers, Director, Governance

Samantha Keysis, Director, Lands Resources & Environment

Jeff Moulton, Director, HR & Shared Services

Ryan McLeod, Director, Finance

Bruce Southwind, Emergency Services Coordinator

Robert Porter, Communications Coordinator

Wayne Peltier, IT Coordinator




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Do all that you can to keep yourself, your family and our entire community safe.

Help each other out.

Be wellness-mindful. 


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