Northerners, Indigenous Communities Fear Work Camps Still a Pandemic Threat

It was a quiet Christmas in Witset, a Wet’suwet’en community of 800 people. Church services were held online, relatives were told to stay away from family gatherings and social interactions were limited to phone calls and physically distanced baking exchanges.

Round-the-clock security checked on Elders and enforced public health orders. They were hired by the community, which successfully gained control of a cluster of COVID-19 cases brought from industrial work camps last month.

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