“We’re well ahead of the game and prepared for the pandemic,” Sawridge First Nation Chief Roland Twinn, told The Leader in a recent phone interview. Prior to the pandemic, Sawridge made an Emergency Management Act, which it enacted back in March. Sawridge assessed the situation, spoke with AHS, and the provincial government and “made a recommendation to the members to follow the health guidelines.”
Sawridge also adjusted its government to comply and allow essential services, adds Twinn. “We’ve suspended the assemblies. And it is our assemblies that make our laws.”
The Sawridge assembly is made up of all 45 adult members, says Twinn. In a normal year, it meets about 10 times. The assembly also approves budgets and any extra spending.