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...

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 23. The end of the lock-down continues to be Wednesday, December. 9. Please keep in mind, the lock-down may be extended but notice will be given.

SELF-ISOLATION: If you’ve been tested for COVID-19, you are to be in self-isolation for 14 days. You will not be permitted to go to town until you have completed your isolation or received a negative result.

We ask for those individuals that have been tested to remain in your homes. You are permitted to go into your yard for fresh air, exercise, etc. Please refrain from contact with anyone outside of your home.

If you need food assistance while in self-isolation, please do not hesitate to contact Martina Strong (number listed below). We will do our best to meet your needs.

TEST RESULTS: Please be prepared to show your negative test result at the gate. A screenshot (with the date of the result) can be sent to Lorraine Kabestra, Health Director and Tania Cameron, Pandemic Coordinator. This information will be kept confidential.

SHOPPING DAYS: The checkpoint staff will allow passage at the gate from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, December 2
  • Friday, December 4

Tania Cameron will be at the gate with the confidential list to verify who received the negative test result and allowed to pass.

STUDENTS & DAYCARE CHILDREN: The partial lockdown continues to include students attending school and children in daycare in Kenora. Parents and guardians, please make the necessary arrangements for school work for your child(ren).

CHECKPOINT: Checkpoint staff are authorized to refuse entry to visitors and to search vehicles for compliance. Non-compliance or threatening behavior towards the checkpoint workers will result in the authorities being contacted.

Community members may use the checkpoint for deliveries of items (pick up and drop off). Checkpoint staff are not responsible for any missing items. Please ensure you set up a time for a pick up.

MEDICALS: Lorraine Kabestra, Health Director, will have medical appointment confirmation slips that must be provided to checkpoint staff to be allowed out and to return. Please return the confirmation slip to the checkpoint staff.

Band and community members that must attend medical appointments out of the region, must self-isolate for 14-days upon return to the community. Please limit the number of individuals travelling to the appointment when possible.

BAND OFFICE: The Band Office will open Monday, November 30 with the following restrictions

a) Only staff (that didn’t receive notice to self-isolate)
b) Only primary care workers
c) Only clients in for their primary care appointments (just in and out – no visiting)

In-person programming remains cancelled (ie. workshops and events). Should community members require appointments, they are to phone the office and arrange a time. Pre-screening will be completed before entering the office. Masks are mandatory. Anyone refusing pre-screening or to wear a mask while in the office will be asked to leave.

COVID-19 TESTING: The next testing date is Monday, November 30 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. Please remain in your vehicle until you are called in for your test. Please bring your health card (you will need it to get your test results). You will be asked to wear a mask. The health practitioner will advise you on the self-isolation period.

EMPLOYMENT IN TOWN: Community members that will work in town will be allowed to leave and return daily. You need to provide a letter from your employer to confirm your employment and include your work schedule. The checkpoint staff will have a copy.

OTHER: If you are a band member living outside of the region and planning to return home, you will be expected to self-isolate for up to 14 days upon your return to the community.

Chief and Council and essential staff will continue to monitor the situation. Updated communication will be posted to the website as the situation develops.

For any other inquiries, Chief and Council can be reached at:

  • Lorraine Cobiness 807-548-8924 or (807) 466-8208 text
  • Reno Cameron (807) 464-0950
  • Fabian Blackhawk (807) 464-4137
  • Bernice Major (807) 407-5686
  • Martina Strong (807) 548-1134

Additional staff on Pandemic Planning Team

We appreciate our members continuing to do their part in limiting the spread in our community. We will get through this together.