Update from Chief Sacha (Eel River Bar First Nation Recovery Phase RED-Extended Closure)

October 23, 2020


Dear Ugpi’ganjig community members,


Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during these unprecedented times. We’re all experiencing difficulties whether it be missing sports, extracurricular activities, even hanging out with friends, and regular routines now becoming unconventional. We wanted to express our gratitude to you for following preventative measures and public health guidelines, by doing this you are contributing towards the health and safety of all community members.

By now, we can all relate to the trials and tribulations of these measures and share in commonalities such as forgetting our masks or terrible hand sanitizer. Let’s remember that we’re in this together and it is up to each one of us to collaborate and work towards containing the spread as we continue to adapt and eventually overcome COVID-19.

One thing that you can count on to remain constant is that we will not stop working for you. We are still working remotely behind the scenes to deliver services to you.  Although our doors are currently closed our ears are open, we are just a phone call away.

As of today, we have (53) active cases of COVID-19 in Zone 5, this equates to approximately 70% of the active cases in New Brunswick (75).  Eel River Bar continues to have (3) or more confirmed exposures to positive cases identified by public health through contact tracing amongst members of the community and staff.   Eel River Bar will continue to remain in the RED phase of the Eel River Bar Community Recovery Plan for a period of (14) days and will be re-evaluated on or before November 6th.

I want to reiterate that these decisions are not made lightly and we feel that they are necessary to continue to protect the community and the staff from the spread and the risks of COVID-19.  We will continue to monitor the evolving situation and always keep the best interests of the health and safety of our community in mind with respect to all decisions going forward.

Let’s continue to follow directives and keep potential exposures isolated and take control of this outbreak. That being said, please be aware that public health & safety is ramping up their enforcement in Zone 5, and if we can help each other out with friendly reminders and support it could mean as much saving each other some money or even saving lives and either way is greatly appreciated.

We are excited to see all your creativity with the Halloween house decorating contest and especially look forward to Halloween night when we can all see everyone’s costumes!  Stay safe everyone, stay positive, and most importantly stay happy and healthy. We urge you to continue to enjoy the outdoors daily and live a healthy lifestyle, and with our days much shorter now, be sure to include vitamin D in the mix of your daily vitamins.

Stay safe,


Chief Sacha LaBillois Kennedy