During this time in which we find ourselves social distancing and staying home as a result of the COVID-19 and Coronavirus pandemic, it’s our mission here at Six Nations Tourism to keep community members and future visitors up-to-date and focused on the health and safety of those who either live on or travel to the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.

Like many of you, we too are struggling with change. We do, however, know one thing. We appreciate all of you. Many of you have been repeat visitors to our community, coming to learn from and enjoy our destination for years.

To Six Nations Visitors...We’ll See You in the Near Future

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While we understand that the pandemic has impacted travel plans, we want to keep you updated with the steps that the Six Nations elected Chief & Council have been taking to keep health and safety a priority. We would also like to remind everyone to pay attention to your local health advisory committee and wellness organizations in social distancing as well as traveling responsibly. For the most up to date Six Nations COVID-19 information, please refer to our community’s official pandemic website at the link provided here.

To Six Nations Visitors...We’ll See You in the Near Future

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In efforts to mitigate growing health concerns, the Six Nations Emergency Control Group has worked with Chief & Council to initiate the Protect Our People project to advise community members to stay home if at all possible, purchase essentials locally, and only leave the territory in instances of absolute necessity. Likewise, checkpoints have been established at entrances to the territory for the purpose of ensuring that little-to-no unnecessary travel to the community takes place by outside visitors. This initiative is anticipated to be in place until such time as the Chief & Council and Emergency Control Group have been assured the travel advisories and provincial as well as federal recommendations on health and safety due to COVID-19 have been lifted. Those who have questions with respect to the Protect Our People project can contact the hotline by calling (519) 717-6639.

To Six Nations Visitors...We’ll See You in the Near Future

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Once the Protect Our People project is no longer in effect, the Six Nations Chief & Council will advise of the re-opening of Six Nations Tourism sites, gyms and other indoor facilities, community events and locations which can resume operations. Six Nations restaurants will also be reviewing their health and safety compliance going forward and will notify the community via social media and or website posts when they’re able to re-open for in-person dining. We have closed the Gathering Place and Chiefswood Park out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our community. Community schools remain closed and events such as the festivities for Bread & Cheese weekend (May long-weekend each year) as well as Community Awareness Week activities (held annually in May) have been cancelled. In addition, the Six Nations of the Grand River Champion of Champions Pow Wow has been cancelled until 2021, allowing time for the community to learn, grow, and heal from this experience.

To Six Nations Visitors...We’ll See You in the Near Future

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We welcome community members and visitors to continue to reach out to Six Nations Tourism with questions regarding local businesses that remain operable, plans for the future re-opening of our community, and what future activities within the community may look like going forward. You can contact our office by calling (519) 758-5444 or emailing experience@sntourism.ca. You may also wish to receive updates by following our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.

Written by Spring Sault