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...

The leadership of Wauzhushk Onigum Nation , Shoal Lake #40 First Nation , Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation , and Washagamis Bay First Nation, Ontario , collectively known as the Niiwin Wendaanimok Partnership, are pleased to announce they are prepared to give Ontario conditional consent to enter their territory under their guidance to undertake construction of Phase 1 of the TransCanada Highway 17 Twinning Project.

The leadership of Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation, and Washagamis Bay First Nation, collectively known as the NIIWIN WENDAANIMOK PARTNERSHIP, are pleased to announce they are prepared to give Ontario conditional consent to enter their territory under their guidance to undertake construction of Phase 1 of the TransCanada Highway 17 Twinning Project. Should Ontario agree, Cabinet Ministers have been invited to participate in a sacred ceremony in late April, under the sacred law and guidance of the Manito Aki Inaakonigaawin. This consent is given on the condition that Ontario honour the legally binding commitments it has made to the Niiwin Wendaanimok Partnership.

Over the last several months, the Niiwin Wendaanimok and representatives of the Ministry of Transportation Ontario have been in constructive discussions regarding this project. The goal of these discussions has been on building a good, ongoing relationship. “The past relationship has been genocidal for the Anishinaabeg. More recently it hasn’t worked for anyone. But now these discussions have been guided by Manito Aki Inaakonigaawin, the sacred law of the Earth. We have been guided by the principles of Weweni (Take our time), Bebeka (doing it right), Biiziindun (listen), and Kegotachken (do not be afraid)”, said Chief Chris Skead, Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation. “We have conducted ourselves with respect, honour, love, courage, humility, wisdom, and truth.”

While the collective work and commitments to future generations under the sacred law of the Manito Aki Inaakonigaawin will never be completed, the Anishinaabeg are taking important first steps to ensure and implement commitments. “This process has seen several creative solutions to working together in a continuing relationship. We’ve conducted a ground-breaking harmonized process for understanding environmental impacts and mitigation measures. We’re establishing an Anishinaabe Guardians Program and contracts and opportunities that set the foundation for the economies of the Anishinaabeg”, said Chief Vernon Redsky, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation. “We have revived a process that we know works, an Anishinaabe approach we have always known can work for the benefit of all.”

Phase 1 will see twinning of the TransCanada Highway from Manitoba/Ontario border to Highway 673 and is anticipated to start fall of 2021. By respecting our sacred law and protocols, MTO is demonstrating that it is possible for us to work together. While we have a long way to go, and together we know that we can, if we take our time and do things right” said Chief Marilyn Sinclair, Washagamis Bay First Nation. Phases 2 and 3 are planned to extend from the Highway 673 to Kenora, but consent from the Anishinaabeg for Phases 2 and 3 is still pending.

In compliance with the sacred law of the Manito Aki Inaakonigaawin and to mark this important commitment to each other, Ontario will be required to participate in a ceremony to be held in late April to confirm the parties’ understandings of this sacred relationship, and for Ontario to receive the Harmonized Impact Assessment so it may proceed with filing its environmental study. “From time immemorial, our Elders have relied on the Manito Aki Inaakonigaawin – our Great Earth Law to guide decisions in our territory. When we follow the laws of the Earth, the laws of the Creator, when we make decisions through ceremony, we know these are good decisions”, said Chief Lorraine Cobiness, Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation. “Its time to do things right, its time to rebuild our economies”.

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