Deninu Kųę́ sets up highway checkpoint once again

Deninu Kųę́ First Nation set up a blockade soon after a resident in the community had a confirmed case of COVID-19. (Photo retrieved from DKFN's Facebook page).

Deninu Kųę́ First Nation leaders have decided to set up a checkpoint on the highway heading into the community.

This is the second time there is a roadblock set up; the last time was near the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in April.

“For public safety, we are asking all non essential workers and non residents to refrain from travelling to our community for the time being,” reads a notice on social media.

In the notice, the band says the blockade is the result of “the high number of calls received by concerned Elders and community members.”

The checkpoint comes in response to several confirmed cases in Fort Liard, possibly originating from someone travelling from Hay River.

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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