A Vice-Chief with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations said he has COVID-19, but admits to attending a First Nations event days after getting tested and waiting for the results.

“On the morning of Monday, September 6, 2021, I was informed by Saskatchewan Health Authority that I tested positive for COVID-19. Upon receipt of this news, I immediately started contacting the individuals and organizations with whom I had recent close contact.  Earlier in the week, I attended two First Nation Celebrations, after which I experienced mild cold-like symptoms,” said Morley Watson in a statement.

“Out of abundant caution, I was tested on September 3. I was told that positive results are communicated quickly, so after nearly three days without news, and no further symptoms, I presumed I was negative.  On Sunday, September 5, I attended the Muskowekwan Sports day on for a brief time early that afternoon. As stated, the next day, my positive result was delivered.”

He apologized for the potential exposure, adding it was not his intention to risk harming anyone. Watson advised that close contacts to him should self-isolate and get tested.