For the last 5 weeks The Fort McKay First Nation has been preparing for the arrival of COVID-19 in our region. Our focus is to slow the pace of the outbreak for all of our community members, services and operations.

Listen to Fort McKay Radio, where we will update you 3 times hourly with the latest information about COVID-19, its community impact and the recommended precautions and actions that you can take to keep you, your family and your community safe from this illness. For the most up to date information visit and listen to Fort McKay Radio at 106.3 FM or at

Council and Senior Administration are working closely together to develop measures that will limit pathways for COVID-19 to enter the community. As a precaution, all external staff travel to meetings has been suspended until further notice. This measure also includes those who would be coming to Fort McKay for meetings.

We would like to encourage Community members to limit all non-essential travel outside of the region. By eliminating exposures and reducing any means of COVID-19 being transported into the community, we can achieve our common goal of minimizing effects on the community


The Fort McKay First Nation reminds you of the following during COVID-19 outbreak. Please help keep our community safe during this critical time.

Groups and gatherings are not recommended at this time.

Please Wash your hands more often with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, going to the bathroom and before eating or preparing food.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. If you feel ill, or experience any symptoms of the virus, call 811 for additional information.

Follow these steps to keep your community safe.

Additionally, travel has been restricted to wood buffalo for all Fort McKay Staff and we encourage ALL community members to do the same. This will keep the community healthy and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

We will air updates on COVID-19 2-3 times per hour on Fort McKay Radio 106.3 FM or at and visit our Facebook page for more information and updates about COVID-19 in your community.

To date we have engaged a number of meetings focused on refining our pandemic response and have been securing necessary provisions necessary in the event of possible supply shortages.

This due diligence puts us in a position where we can calmly monitor and manage any changes in the situation as they arise.

To meet our objective of limiting pathways for the COVID-19 virus entering the community, we have implemented many measures including a screening process for employees and visitors entering the community, and we are finalizing a continuity of services plan to ensure community members receive critical services in the event of any interruptions.

We continue to provide communications on good practices to the community. We continue to monitor all valid news services to remain up to date. Signage is mounted and communications stations are set up at each community building.

As always we will continue to update as the situation develops
If you know somebody that needs a radio have them call Fort McKay FM at 780-838-6061 and we will have a radio dropped off to their residence.

Facility Closure Updates

The Daycare and Youth Centre will be closed effective, March 16. Updates on when we expect to re-open the facility will be provided on an ongoing basis.

Riverside Continuing Care Facility

Please be advised that we will be restricting visitation to our Riverside Continuing Care Facility out of consideration for the health of our Elders. We will be restricting access to visitors, community members and staff not scheduled to work in the facility.

If you are a regular expected visitor, you will be asked to undergo a temperature screening test and also requested to complete a screening form prior to entering the building.

Dependant on the results of the above you may be restricted from visiting.

Please understand this is to protect our elders.