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 Elders Council for Kenora Chiefs Advisory (KCA) met last week to discuss the renaming of the 24/7 Street Patrol to properly reflect the hard work being done in Kenora.

It has become clear within the first few months of operations that the Bear Clan governance model was not necessarily best suited for what would work and be successful in Kenora. We want to ensure the model that is executed in Kenora, is both successful and best meets the needs of our vulnerable population.

Since this patrol was first brought to Kenora in 2016 with the disappearance of Delaine Copenace, the KCA Board of Directors and Elders Council felt the new name and logo needed to encompass and honour her spirit. To honour Delaine and her dotem (clan), the decision to rename this initiative the Kenora Makwa Patrol was made.

Delaine’s mother, Anida Ross, joined the Elders to share her vision of the new name and logo. She also worked with a talented local artist, Chrissy MacLeod to create the new logo that honours both Delaine’s dotem and Anishinaabe name, Mino-Kiizhigo-Kwe (Good Sky Spirit Woman). KCA would like to acknowledge Anida’s support and advocacy for the Kenora Makwa Patrol as she sits on the community council representing Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).

KCA Elder, Allan White spoke of the traditional protocols that took place during the official launch of the Street Patrol in September 2020 under the Whitecap, the “makwa was honoured during this ceremony…we could feel the spirit of the bear around the arbour.” He also provided a reminder to “honour and feast makwa, as the bear will walk with us during times of crisis.” Community Council Elder, Tommy Keesick shared that this change “goes beyond the scope of a name” and that this new “logo is powerful healing…as the bear provides healing and protection.”

The Kenora Makwa Patrol is very grateful for the work and collaboration that has been done with the Winnipeg Bear Clan Patrol, and look forward to continue to supporting each other’s work and initiatives. The Kenora Makwa Patrol staff, Community Council and Elders Council will be working together to create a new mission and vision statement that reflects the community-driven patrol.

Media Contact:

Abbie Siroishka
Senior Executive Assistant and Communications Lead, Kenora Chiefs Advisory
807.407.4282
abbie.siroishka@kenorachiefs.ca