Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation

Virtual Zoom Session on COVID-19 with Chief Lorraine Cobiness and Chief Chris Skead

Please join the public policy forum for a virtual session on "How the Kenora Chiefs Advisory is fighting COVID-19 and Winning!" It starts at 11:30am CST on January 21st...

Pandemic Measures – Jan 12 2021 – Community Update

Early today, Ontario has declared a state of emergency with additional limits that come into effect on January 14, 2021. In response, Chief and Council has initiated...

T3PS, KCA, WNHAC Participating in COVID-19 Pilot Project

Members of the Treaty Three Police Services Have been receiving rapid COVID-19 testing as part of a pilot project in conjunction with Kenora Chiefs Advisory (KCA) and...

Lake of the Woods District Hospital Recipient of CMA Foundation Funding for COVID-19 Relief

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Foundation’s COVID-19 Community Hospital Fund granted $100,000 to Lake of the Woods District Hospital (LWDH) as part of its...

Niisaachewan Partial Lockdown Lifted

PARTIAL LOCKDOWN LIFTED – Effective today, the partial lockdown is officially lifted. Chief and Council issued a media release earlier today. The 3 COVID-19 cases have...

Niisaachewan COVID-19 Positive Cases Resolved

Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation has received confirmation from the public health team that the COVID-19 cases have been resolved. On November 26th, Chief and Council...

Upcoming COVID-19 Mobile Testing in the Community

Mobile testing will be available in Niisaachewan on Monday November 30, 2020 between 12 noon and 1:30pm. BRING YOUR HEALTH CARD! You will need this to check your...

Niisaachewan Pandemic Measures Community Update

RESUME PARTIAL LOCK-DOWN – Please be advised that Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation will resume with the partial lock-down status that was initiated on Monday, November...

St Thomas Aquinas Grade 8 Closure

The Kenora Catholic District School Board has received notification of a second positive COVID-19 case at St. Thomas Aquinas High School and is working closely with the...

Niisaachewan is taking all precautionary measures

Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation is taking all precautions with the identified positive cases. Earlier this week, Chief and Council were notified that a household of 3...

COVID-19 Mobile Testing Day

9:30 am to 1:00 pm Saturday, November 27, 2020 BRING YOUR HEALTH CARD! You will need this to check your results.Drive to lower entrance.Stay in your vehicle until you...

Delayed Contact Tracing Efforts

Further to the November 26, 2020 notice that Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation has confirmed 3 members that have tested positive for Covid-19. Contact tracing is not yet...

URGENT – 3 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Niisaachewan

Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation has confirmed 3 members have tested positive for Covid-19. On November 26th 2020, Chief and Council were notified that a household of 3...

Positive COVID-19 Result At Bimose Tribal Council

Bimose Tribal Council has received notification that an individual associated with the Tribal Council has tested positive for COVID-19. Bimose Tribal Council is working...

Community Update – COVID-19 – 23 Nov 2020

POSSIBLE EXPOSURE – an essential worker was in the office on Wed. Nov 18 and tested positive on Sun. Nov 22. Further, some families recently received notice of...

COVID-19 Advisory for St Thomas Aquinas Students & Family

The Kenora Catholic District School Board has received notification of a positive COVID-19 case at St. Thomas Aquinas High School and is working closely with the...

Ontario to add 13 additional Health Teams across the province

The Ontario government is providing $2.4 million to support an additional 13 Ontario Health Teams across the province to provide better, connected care to patients....

Kenora Hospital COVID-19 Response Update

While there are currently no admitted positive COVID-19 cases in our Hospital, there has been an increase in positive cases in our community. It is understandable that...

Niisaachewan Community COVID-19 Updates – October 2, 2020

The community gate will be open 7 days a week MONDAY – SUNDAY from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Band members and Non band members are welcome to visit their family. Please...

Urgent COVID-19 Notice

There has been one (1) positive case of the COVID-19 virus confirmed in Washagamis Bay as of October 1, 2020.  There have been news...
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OHT funding has been announced, and ANHP will set up a budget committee to prioritize and plan how to move our work forward.

Compassionate Kenora

As of Dec 31, Compassionate Kenora will need new space to carry out their primary care work. Partners will work together to help find suitable space, and support the CK programs and pathways.

Mental Health

Multiple partners report increased crisis calls, which they expect will continue over the holidays and winter months. Partners need to support each other, and their staff who have been working especially hard during COVID, and are experiencing fatigue.

Waterview Inn

Waterview Inn expected to open for emergency temporary stays starting Dec 16, following expedited staff training and renovations.

Isolation space

Isolation spaces have been reserved at a location separate from the Waterview.

Strategy Institute Conference

Henry will be speaking at the Strategy Institute Conference about the work of the ANHP

Digital Connectivity

Work is progressing on the Digital Strategy, which will help connect different aspects of the ANHP work, reduce barriers, and help us develop a patient-centred, seamless, holistic health care system.



Next meeting

Regular Agenda: Dec 16, 3-5 pm


The urgency of preparing appropriate COVID-19 isolation solutions for our communities, and developing solutions for individuals who lack appropriate, affordable shelter as harsh winter conditions approach, continues to be the focus of the All Nations Partners (ANHP) and its 15 Partner members.

A working group spearheaded by the Kenora Association for Community Living and Waasegiizhig Nanaandawe’iyewigamig has developed the processes required to welcome individuals most in need and ensure safety and dignity of citizens who require a shelter or who need to isolate for reasons related to COVID-19. The group continues its work with Kenora District Services Board and other partners to:

  • Adjust building layout and complete renovations to ensure the safety and security for residents and support workers
  • Hire staff to provide supports
  • Coordinate partners providing wholistic supports

An alternative location has been identified to specifically better meet the needs related to COVID-19 isolation. As a result, additional units will be available for short-term supported housing at the Waterview Inn. In the coming weeks, the ANHP will welcome the most vulnerable within the homeless population as they move into housing and get to know the support staff. The partners are keenly aware that the demand for housing far outweighs the available supply, and the Waterview Inn is just one of many projects that are underway at this time to provide a more comprehensive response to the fundamental need all citizens have for appropriate, affordable options to meet their needs for shelter.

The first intake has been completed. Individuals who want to be considered for housing at the Inn as space becomes available can access forms at the emergency shelter, Morningstar, Compassionate Kenora, Fellowship Centre, CMHA Kenora and the mobile outreach van, or they can stop by KDSB offices.

Pathways to COVID-19 isolation for those individuals in need in the Kenora area are currently being finalized and shared with stakeholders. The partners are committed to moving this work forward as quickly as possible.

Joe Barnes, Executive Director
Kenora Chiefs Advisory
Co-Chair All Nations Health Partners
Phone: 807-467-8144

Henry Wall, Chief Administrative Officer
Kenora District Services Board Co-Chair All Nations Health Partners
Phone: 807-223-2100 ext. 2222