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...

According to StatsCan, only 47% of the Niisaachewan community havea high school diploma, compared to 91% of the national populationaged 24-64.This inequality is rooted in the Indian Act, the residentialschool system and the lack of funding for on-reserve schooling. Niisaachewan families were sent to residential schools in Kenora, many to Cecilia Jeffery Indian Residential school, the notorious institution from which Chanie Wenjack ran from and lost his life in 1966.

Councillor Bernice Major of Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation and Councillor Terri Meekis of Wabauskang First Nation at Niisaachewan's new library.

Councillor Bernice Major of Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation and Councillor Terri Meekis of Wabauskang First Nation at Niisaachewan’s new library.

SchoolBOX brought our mission ‘home’ after learning that Indigenous Youth Empowering Students (IYES) volunteers were helping to build libraries and schools for kids in Nicaragua and yet had neither books nor schools in their home community of Wabauskang First Nation in Northern Ontario. Terri Meekis, IYES alumnus and now Wabauskang Councillor, helped SchoolBOX translate their model and create the newest First Nations Library in Ontario in her home community! In her desire to champion kids, Terri continued to volunteer to help us implement SchoolBOX’s next learning center project in Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation.

The project transformed an unused bay of the community fire hall into a beautiful learning center for all kids K-12; creating the only educational facility on the reserve. The space serves children and families, elders and youth, with an area to come together to learn, teach and share. The garage door was replaced with an open picture window to allow for natural light, and a children and family library collection was installed downstairs along with a youth library upstairs. Kids can receive support in completing their high school in an effort to break the cycle of poverty left by residential schools. Only 1 in 4 kids on-reserve finish their high school in 4 years according to a 2018 Auditor General report. Together, we are investing in amazing local leaders to overcome these barriers and ‘make education possible’ for all kids!

Niisaachewan’s Agindaasoowigamig (library) is now open.  Located at the Seven Generations Classroom at the Fire Hall Building.

Hours of operation are Tuesday 10am – 6pm, Wednesday 10am – 3pm, and Thursday 10am – 3pm.

You can download a PDF of our book list or you can call (807) 548.4912