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First Nations seek order forcing ministry to release data on COVID-19 cases near their communities


September 16, 2020

A coalition of First Nations is calling for an order forcing the B.C. Ministry of Health to release data on confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases near their communities, saying the province is violating the privacy act and endangering lives by keeping the information private.

The Heiltsuk Nation, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council and Tŝilhqot'in National Government have filed a petition on Monday with the province's privacy commissioner, asking for the order against the ministry.

The coalition's campaign website said information about cases of COVID-19 in neighbouring communities would give them the data they need to protect themselves, conduct culturally safe contact tracing and "reduce the risk of racist interactions with the health-care system."


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