Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation

Kenora Hospital Declares COVID-19 Outbreak

Lake of the Woods District Hospital has activated its pandemic plan in response to two hospital patients testing positive for COVID-19. The health and safety of...

COVID-19 Hospitalizations in Kenora

Lake of the Woods District Hospital (LWDH) has seen an increase in the number of inpatients with COVID-19 over the past week. The facility currently has four people...

COVID-19 Indigenous Vaccine Rollout Update

Vaccine rollout to First Nations elder care homes  Despite the reduced availability of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine due to shipment delays, the delivery and...

Pandemic Measures – Jan 26 2021 – Community Update

Chief and Council have announced an extension to the pandemic measures for an additional 14 days. This falls in line with Ontario’s extended the stay at home order for...

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...

Vaccine rollout to First Nations elder care homes 

Despite the reduced availability of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine due to shipment delays, the delivery and administration of the vaccine to the most vulnerable members of your respective communities remains a priority. The Ontario government has accelerated the vaccination of residents and staff in long-term care, high-risk retirement and First Nations elder care homes with a new target date for completion of February 5, 2021.

To protect access to second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for those who have already received their first dose, Ontario will maintain the maximum interval of 21-27 days for long-term care, retirement and First Nations elder care home residents and staff.

The Ministry of Health has provided information to each Public Health Unit (PHU) indicating the number of vaccines that they should expect to receive and the need to prioritize elder congregate care settings. PHUs have been told that vaccine delivery in First Nations communities will be determined by community leadership and that they are to work with the communities to ensure that resources are in place to deliver accordingly.

Operation Remote Immunity

TodayFebruary 1, 2021 — Ornge announced the official start of Operation Remote Immunity, providing access to the Moderna vaccine to residents aged 18 and over in remote fly-in communities. Vaccination teams under the direction of Ornge will travel over the next three months to 31 northern, fly-in NAN communities and Moosonee to deliver and administer the vaccine to residents wishing to receive it.

The plan was co-developed in partnership with Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN). This week, teams will be visiting Neskantaga, Slate Falls, Muskrat Dam, Fort Severn, Kashechewan and Webequie. Operation Remote Immunity aims to complete its work by April 30, 2021.

It is critical that we continue to communicate to everyone that they should follow public health measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep communities safe.

Moderna Vaccine Supplies 

On January 29th, we learned from the federal government that Ontario’s allocation of Moderna vaccines for the week of February 1 will be decreased by 18,200 doses. This reduction will be offset by a contingency amount of vaccine the province has established to address emergent issues such as this, mitigating the resulting impact to sites and vaccine administration.

This is disappointing news and we are once again determining the impact further reductions will have on Ontario’s vaccination rollout. Updates and messaging will be shared when they become available.

Addressing Vaccine Questions and Vaccine Hesitancy 

Last week we shared a vaccine fact sheet to help address vaccine hesitancy and increase vaccination uptake. This fact sheet is now available in Algonquin and Inuktitut along with the English, French, Swampy Cree, Ojibway and Oji-Cree versions shared earlier.

A more robust Fact Sheet has now also been developed to answer vaccine questions. Translated versions will follow.

Public Health Ontario Resources

Public Health Ontario has created resources to explain various aspects of COVID-19 to the public. These Fact Sheets are available in over 20 languages, including Eastern Ojibwe, Mohawk, Oji-Cree and Swampy Cree.