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...

Be advised that due to the Global Pandemic COVID-19 and in order to minimize the impact of an epidemic / pandemic outbreak in our community and homelands, Chief and Council of Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation have deemed it necessary to enact the following actions:

  • Chief and Council have initiated the Pandemic Response Plan effective immediately and is being reviewed and updated as we speak. It will be shared on Monday April 6, 2020. It has been shared and distributed to each household, including community contact lists with other pertinent organizations and applicable referral systems
  • Band Office and Water Treatment Plant will be operating from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for the week of April 6-9, 2020 (Friday office will be closed) – ALL NON-ESSENTIAL programming will cease until further notice and will be evaluated on a daily basis.
  • Travel Restrictions for CC and Staff is suspended until further notice.
  • Community events have been cancelled and meetings continue via-teleconference.
  • Elections have been postponed until May 23, 2020 as per Chief & Council and Headspeople. All documentation and minutes will be distributed to your Headsperson, our website and Chief & Council.
  • A 24-Hour Community-Based Checkpoint is operational to monitor those entering the community. Be advised that our workers reserve the right to turn people away based on their health questionnaire. Please review updates.
  • EMERGENCY PANDEMIC ASSISTANCE #2 – Priority for COVID-19 Pandemic Assistance: Elders, residents with chronic illnesses, expectant mothers, and families with young children for all Band Members. This is our PRIORITY at this time. If you live out of town please email to ea@niisaachewan.ca
  • Traditional medicines are present and available to help protect the community.
  • Staff have stocked additional food and supplies which will be released in the event of a major crisis or lock down.

We encourage you to check-up and take care of your extended families or those who may need additional support during this time.

At this time, there are NO confirmed cases of exposure or contact with the COVID-19 virus of residents of Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation. If you think you have been exposed and are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 contact Telehealth Ontario – 1 866-797-0000 or NWHU at 807-468-3147 or after hours at 807-468-7109

For additional resources and information on the COVID-19 Pandemic Stimulus Package, see the Government of Canada website or this website.

Band and Community Members are encouraged to restrict unnecessary travel but, in the event, that you must travel, Chief and Council of Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation requests that upon return, the individual(s) self-quarantine for 2 weeks as a precautionary measure.

We appreciate everyone’s cooperation, patience, and encourage everyone to follow the directions of health and safety officials. We’re doing our very best to protect our community and our members as best we can. We continue to pray and put our offerings down.

In cases of emergency, each household and band member has received Chief & Council emails, cellphone and home phone numbers or can be contacted via Facebook messenger.