Kanesatake Mohawks blocking access to Oka provincial park as grand chief cites COVID-19 fears

Must Read

City continues to clarify bylaw on decorations at cemeteries following more upset

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - There has been more upset on social media over the bylaw regarding Cemetery Regulation...

22 new COVID-19 cases confirmed across BC on Wednesday

VICTORIA, B.C. – The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Northern Health Region is still at 64...

Five new COVID-19 cases confirmed in City of Grande Prairie

GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. - Alberta Health Services is reporting five new cases, as of Wednesday, for COVID-19 in Grande...

By Staff The Canadian Press

Posted May 20, 2020 12:33 pm

The mayor of Oka, Que., says members of the neighbouring Mohawk community of Kanesatake are blocking access to a provincial park that was supposed to partially reopen today.

- Advertisement -

Community Interviews with Moose FM

Mayor Pascal Quevillon said Mohawks began blocking access around 8:30 a.m. to Oka provincial park, which along with other provincial parks had been closed for weeks to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The grand chief of Kanesatake sent a letter earlier in the week to Quebec Premier François Legault urging him to keep the park closed until his community is consulted.

READ MORE: Quebec provincial parks partially reopen as province permits some sports to resume

[ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ]

Chief Serge Simon said in the letter that many trails in the park lead directly to his community, and his members are worried about visitors bringing in the virus.

Story continues below advertisement



Provincial police Sgt.


More Articles Like This