The Assembly of First Nations is either postponing or cancelling all in-person meetings due to the coronavirus outbreak.
That fellows the Dene Nations’s decision this week to do virtually the same.
In a news release, the AFN states that this includes, but is not limited to, all Chiefs Committees, Tri-Councils, working groups and other public events, whether scheduled to take place within the AFN’s offices or at an external venue.
All air, train and bus travel by staff, committee members and First Nations guests is also suspended through to March 31.
The AFN says it is directing each sector to take the appropriate measures and postpone or cancel all pending trips and meeting venues that fall within this time period, even if prior approval was obtained.
“The AFN will continue to closely monitor the Covid-19 situation and will re-evaluate this suspension once there is clear evidence that the Canadian and global public health emergency has abated,” the release states.
As community transmission increases within Canada and because of the potential impacts this virus could have on First Nation communities, the AFN says it is seeking to minimize any exposure to its staff and constituents.