Update as of 3:40 p.m., March 25, 2020:
The press release issued by Premier Blaine Higgs still remains unclear. As we continue to work and clarify the situation, we encourage community members to use this time to retrieve supplies from grocery stores or pharmacies only to meet their essential needs. We are encouraging essential travel only. Please stay tuned for future updates.
Moments ago Chief Darcy Gray was informed that Premier Blaine Higgs is scheduled to make an announcement at 2:30 p.m. regarding a potential shutdown of the interprovincial border connecting New Brunswick and Quebec scheduled for 3:00 p.m. We’re told this action is their government’s effort to protect the health and safety of New Brunswickers. A decision, that if followed through, would be made knowing the high risk impacts it would have on the citizens of Listuguj and the surrounding areas that rely on access to food and services located in Campbellton, New Brunswick.
The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government has been in on-going discussions with the province regarding the significant impacts of closing the border. Despite our concerted efforts to work with the province in good faith, we are concerned that Premier Higgs will make an executive decision to cut our access to essential services such as food and access to drug stores in New Brunswick.
Chief Darcy Gray is now in an emergency meeting with Council discussing these new developments and will make a public announcement ASAP.