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 Lake of the Woods District Hospital (LWDH) will undertake the planning of a new All Nations Hospital facility, under the directives of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) Capital Planning Guidelines, and in alignment with the planning parameters defined in the approved Planning Agreement between the MOHLTC and LWDH. The immediate scope of this project is to complete a Stage 1 Proposal submission and development of the Stage 2 Functional Program for the major hospital redevelopment. It is estimated that the completion of these stages will take two (2) years.

We are at a historic juncture for Indigenous and Canadian relations in the Kenora area with all communities taking positive steps towards true partnership and “Reconciliation through Health”. The Kenora Chiefs Advisory (KCA), Grand Council Treaty #3, the Kenora Métis Council, Iskatewizaagegan No. 39 Independent First Nation, the City of Kenora and the Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls have all agreed to the following resolution signed and witnessed in ceremony “That all parties agree to work together in partnership in the development of an All Nations Health Care System including the construction of an All Nations Hospital and Campus with the express purpose of improving health outcomes for all people of the region it serves”.

Working towards accessible and culturally safe health care across all sectors/services and for the new All Nations hospital will mean aligning planning within the context of Truth and Reconciliation. This will be one of the first large developments in the Kenora area that will embark on a Reconciliation process and true partnership between all residents of Kenora, surrounding First Nations communities, municipalities and the Indigenous population.

Planning will focus on a facility that will be a central and integral component of an All Nations Healthcare system that will improve health outcomes and improve health care delivery, while achieving standards of excellence for hospital design and operations.

We are pleased to inform you that an extensive process to select a project management firm to oversee the planning process has been completed. Colliers Project Leaders has been selected as the Project Management firm, and they have extensive experience in planning health care projects in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, including experience in community hospital projects they have planned in northern and rural Ontario, and engaging proactively with the MOHLTC’s Health Capital Investment Branch.

The All Nations Hospital Steering Committee is composed of the following:

  • Wendy Peterson, LWDH Board Representative who will serve as Chair
  • Chief Marilyn Sinclair, Kenora Chiefs Advisory (KCA) Representative who will serve as Vice Chair
  • Grand Council Treaty 3 Representative to be appointed by Grand Council Treaty #3
  • Liz Boucha, Kenora Metis Council Representative
  • Rory McMillan, City of Kenora Representative
  • Dr. Jillie Retson, Physician Representative
  • Samantha Gould, LWDH Staff representative
  • Sally Johnson, Community Representative
  • Linda Copenace, Community Representative
  • Ray Racette, LWDH Hospital CEO (ex-officio, non-voting)
  • Joe Barnes, KCA CEO (ex-officio, non-voting)
  • Cheryl O’Flaherty, LWDH VP Corporate Services (project Executive Sponsor) (ex-officio, non-voting)
  • Donna Makowsky, LWDH VP Patient Care (ex-officio, non-voting)

There will be regular communication to the community following All Nations Hospital Steering Committee meetings to ensure everyone is kept informed on the progress of this very important project.

Chief Marilyn Sinclair, Vice Chair of the All Nations Hospital Steering Committee, remarked “We are at a historic juncture; through this partnership our collective voice and our health are at the forefront of planning a new All Nations Hospital. With dedicated and ongoing collaboration we will see a facility which is culturally responsive, rooted in traditional healing practices and the best aspects of a modern health care system for ALL.”

There will be extensive engagement occurring within the City of Kenora, and the surrounding municipalities and First Nations communities served by the hospital. This community engagement will be taking place during Stage 1 of the project, and will occur within the next 12 months. Please watch for further communications on when public meetings will be occurring. We encourage all of you to please get involved and provide your feedback, which is integral to the success of the All Nations Hospital.

Wendy Peterson, Chair of the All Nations Hospital Steering Committee, remarked “It is exciting to be involved with All Nations working collaboratively in true partnerships, thereby creating a strong foundation for a new hospital for everyone.”

For further information please contact:

Wendy Peterson
Chair, ANH Steering Committee

Chief Marilyn Sinclair
Vice Chair, ANH Steering Committee

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