Alberta residents near NWT border can enter for essential services

(CKLB file photo).

The Government of the Northwest Territories has clarified travel restrictions for Albertans near the border.

Smith’s Landing First Nation and Fort Fitzgerald residents are only allowed to enter the NWT to get gas, groceries, go to the post office or access health services.

Fuel and water delivery to these communities will continue from Fort Smith.

If any Smith’s Landing or Fort Fitzgerald residents have gone to other parts of Alberta in the past two weeks, they need special authorization to travel by air in the NWT from the Chief Public Health Officer.

A news release says this authorization will only be given in emergency situations.

Residents can email to apply.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to