Tourism vs. virus anxiety: Nuu-Chah-Nulth council resists opening to visitors – Times Colonist

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Tourism vs. virus anxiety: Nuu-Chah-Nulth council resists opening to visitors – Times Colonist

by ahnationtalk on June 11, 2020130 Views

June 11, 2020

B.C. Premier John Horgan says there will be an impasse if B.C.’s plan to reopen domestic tourism province-wide is met with plans to close communities.

On Tuesday, the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council, representing 14 First Nations along 300 kilometres of west Vancouver Island coast, voted unanimously to restrict non-essential entry to its lands — including provincial and federal parks — unless several assurances around testing are put in place.

“As Nuu-chah-nulth, we must take extraordinary measures that go far above and beyond provincial and federal health guidelines, to protect our communities and members from this devastating disease, COVID-19,” Mariah Charleson, vice-president of the tribal council, said in a statement.

This comes as the province struggles to reopen domestic tourism province-wide amid resistance from remote, rural and First Nations communities concerned for the safety of their residents.

Read More: https://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/tourism-vs-virus-anxiety-nuu-chah-nulth-council-resists-opening-to-visitors-1.24150326

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