COVID-19 claims Dene Elder in N.W.T.

The Northwest Territories continues to grapple with its biggest COVID-19 outbreak yet.

At latest report, the N.W.T. had 220 cases, 190 of which were in an isolated region.

Now it has also recorded the death of an Indigenous elder – the first death to the Coronavirus in the territory.

“This Elder was a very active member of the Elders that had just a tremendous amount of knowledge on history and traditional ways,” said Chief Tommy Kakfwi of Fort Good Hope Dene band.

“Just a whole library of information went with the Elder.”

Kakfwi’s 600-member community is now in lockdown for 10 days with 84 active cases.

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