MEET THE CHIEF: Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation Chief Wendy Jocko says it took the community to keep COVID-19 out

By Victoria Gray Writer The Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation stayed busy during the pandemic, but managed to keep band members safe throughout. The first nation has about 3,000 members with 450 living on the reserve, did not have any cases COVID-19. From the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 to November 2021, COVID-19 has not touched the community that sits about 40 kilometres southwest of Pembroke. Elected Chief Wendy Jocko credits her team and their ability to come together and work efficiently, to listen to the Chiefs of Ontario instructions and to follow through quickly despite staffing issues. “We have wonderful leadership here,” she said. When COVID-19 hit the First Nation was in the middle of an election and when it was over the community had chosen Jocko…

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