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...

What have we been up to

During the off-season, the Manomin Project has been working with the Kenora Catholic District School Board to develop cultural programming through which Anishinaabe Youth could earn their 40 volunteer hours.These conversations are ongoing.

Our team is also gathering and editing pieces of writing for an anthology.This collection of writing will allow interested readers to learn more about Indigenous food-ways, particularly human relationships with Manomin.

We are excited to announce that we’ve received $20,000 from RBC’s Ontario Resource Field Program!  These funds will allow us to complete a preliminary assessment of off-river Manomin habitat in the vicinity of NANA, including characterizing the water level patterns.  Elders first asked the Manomin Project to use off-river sites as a comparison in 2018.

“As long as the sun shines, the grass grows, and the river flows,we will continue to work towards sustainability for the Manomin spirit.”
– Councillor Fabian Blackhawk

What’s Next

Our team’s spirits have been renewed by the arrival of Spring! We are excitedly preparing for all that’s to come in 2021.

  • PhD student Samantha Mehltretter has start planning her field visits. She will be on the river in May, July, and September 2021.
  • Dr. Luby is working on an article that shows Anishinaabe demands to protect Manomin harvesting as a Treaty Right were clearly stated during the 1873 negotiations. Her research also show that federal administrators recognized Manomin harvesting as a Treaty Right at the turn of the 20th Century.
  • Dr. Andrea Bradford is working hard to support the Manomin Project by searching for and identifying new funding sources.
  • The Manomin Project’s undergraduate students are continuing with their normal tasks and duties. These duties include gathering environmental data and maintaining @manominproject social media pages.

Meet The Team

Elli Pattrick is a fourth-year Environmental Engineering student at the University of Guelph. She joined the Manomin Project team as an Undergraduate Research Assistant during Summer 2020.
Elli supports the Manomin Project’s research by gathering and analyzing environmental data. In September 2020, Elli joined our 10-day fieldwork expedition to the Winnipeg River. Elli’s enthusiasm and hard work ethic has made her an asset to the team.

“Working on the Manomin Project has by far been the most educational and rewarding work experience I have had and will be a highlight of my undergrad!”
– Elli Pattrick

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