The planned teleconference between Dene Nation chief Norman Yakeleya and media on Wednesday morning was disrupted by connection issues.

Yakeleya, who has gone out onto the land to conduct traditional activities while social distancing, tried to link with reporters via satellite phone to give an update on the COVID-19 situation but a connection couldn’t be made.

The chief told reporters last Friday that he planned to be on the land for eight or nine days, a move that he said many members of the Dene Nation are undertaking to avoid exposure to coronavirus and reconnect with traditional culture.

Blair McBride

Blair McBride covers the Legislative Assembly, business and education. Before coming to Yellowknife he worked as a journalist in British Columbia, Thailand and Ontario. He studied journalism at Western...

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