Community Update- Friday, April 3, 2020, AM


Sioux Valley Dakota Oyate

RE: State of Emergency – Coronavirus

As the global effect of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, Sioux Valley Dakota Nation is firmly confirmed to the health and safety of our Oyate. We are closely monitoring the changing situation, and complying with public health guidance. Sioux Valley Dakota Nation declared a state of emergency due to the global pandemic on March 18, 2020. Social Distancing strategies are now being \recommended to limit the spread of COVID-19. Sioux Valley Dakota Nation is directing the following to minimize the spread:

We advise all Citizens:

  • To comply with social distancing and avoid large crowds and limit gatherings
  • To avoid all non-essential travel
  • To shop local. We will ensure our Petro Can is stocked with essential grocery items, to limit travel into urban centers and surrounding towns
  • Wash your hands frequently. If soap and water are not available to use hand sanitizer
  • Disinfect your home often
  • If you are sick or suspect you have COVID-19 contact Sioux Valley Health and self-quarantine for a 14-day period.
  • any non SVDN resident will not be allowed on Sioux Valley lands effective immediately
  • SVDN will be implementing checkpoints within the next week at all entrances into our community and residents will be required to provide information upon returning

We ask for your full cooperation and efforts to fight COVID-19. We strongly urge you to take this pandemic crisis seriously. Please practice personal responsibility within your homes and our community, we require your commitment to help protect our loved ones. We want to ensure the health and safety of our community, and we will continue to take measures to address.


Chief Jennifer Bone



On March 20, 2020, Manitoba declared a province-wide state of emergency to address the COVID-19 pandemic, under the authority of the Emergency Measures Act, and issued public health orders that are in place.

All Travellers (international and domestic) are advised to self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days upon arriving in Manitoba.

This does not include:

  • workers involved with the commercial transportation of goods and services
  • workers who live in a neighbouring jurisdiction and travel to Manitoba for work
  • health care workers who travel to work from outside the province; and
  • normal personal travel in border communities, including visits to a cottage

The Sioux Valley Health Center has been following the above government guidelines by ensuring that community members self-isolate upon return to the community.

For more information on the state of emergency, and how to protect yourself and others visit



Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre reports the outflow from the Shellmouth Reservoir will be increasing to 800 cubic feet per second (cfs) from 100 cfs as part of the annual reduction from the upper Assiniboine River.

This will result in a two-to-three foot increase on the Assiniboine River from the Shellmouth to Russell, and one-to-two ft. from Russell to Brandon.  There will be a 0.5-to-one ft. increase as the water reaches Winnipeg in about two weeks.

The increased outflow will result in potentially hazardous ice conditions from the Shellmouth Reservoir down the Assiniboine River.  Citizens are advised to stay off the river at this time.

The province will continue to monitor conditions on the upper Assiniboine River as well as downstream river levels.   

The Hydrologic Forecast Centre is also advising the public of potentially hazardous ice conditions on rivers, lakes and drainage ditches throughout Manitoba as the spring thaw progresses.

Use of the rivers, lakes, floodways or drainage ditches for activities such as skiing, sledding and snowmobiling could be hazardous at this time and should be avoided.  People living near waterways should be especially careful to prevent children and pets from wandering onto the ice.

Daily temperatures are warming gradually and are causing ice thickness and strength to deteriorate.  The quality of river ice within communities is also uncertain, so citizens are advised to stay off rivers and retention ponds.

For more information:

  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-945-4916.