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...

Grand Council Treaty #3 Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh recently sent the following letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on international border issues and how it relates to Treaty #3 territory in Northwestern Ontario.

Dear Prime Minister, 

Canada and the U.S. agreed in March, 2020, to temporarily close the border to non-essential travel, while keeping it open to commercial traffic and essential workers who cross for work purposes. This agreement has been extended every month, most recently to July 21st. The Leadership of Treaty #3 territory advocates that the Border remain closed indefinitely given the exponential growth of COVID-19 cases in the United States in recent weeks. The Anishinaabe Nation of Treaty #3, consisting of 28 First Nation communities, borders both the United States by land and by water (Lake of the Woods and Rainy Lake). The border issue remains a deep concern to our communities given our proximity to highway border crossings and the border lakes which creates additional access points and concerns of exposure. 

As a Nation, we required our regional organizations to conduct weekly meetings to ensure communication was flowing throughout and our Chiefs could act as needed as key issues emerged. Our communities have been fortunate to date to have had limited COVID-19 cases and I applaud the efforts undertaken by our leadership to mitigate the COVID-19 health risk. Our communities have implemented proactive measures such as: 

  1. Establishing First Nation community access check points.
  2. Restricting visitors to the First Nation community to essential services only.
  3. Limiting community travel out to urban areas to 1-2 days per week, and in some instances full lockdown.
  4. Implementing food security measures, ie grocery boxes delivered to households.
  5. Supporting children and youth with recreational activities and educational supports during the pandemic period
  6. Promoting and ensuring adherence to the public health guidelines such as mask wearing, frequent handwashing, physical distancing and upholding By Laws allowing for the charging of citizens who did not adhere to Quarantine Act and public health measures.
  7. Requiring the closure of offices and businesses.
  8. Implementing COVID-19 testing by our regional health organizations in partnership with our mainstream health partners.

The media has already provided reports of US citizens who have stopped in BC, Alberta and the Yukon for sightseeing and shopping and our leadership is deeply concerned that US visitors are displaying disrespect and non-compliance with Canadian public health guidelines. Recently, two US residents were fined and charged under the Quarantine Act for failure to comply in the border town of Fort Frances, ON, where several of our First Nation communities are located. Opening the Border could magnify the issue and create an outbreak of COVID-19 for which recovery would be difficult. 

Treaty #3 leadership and health organizations have expressed significant concerns of the risks to our people who already have limited health care and significant chronic health conditions for which exposure to COVID-19 could be a death sentence. At this time there is no national US comprehensive testing and contact tracing process in place to alleviate the fears of US travellers who come to our territory from every state to partake in the beauty of our location. 

Until such time as the risk decreases and other measures are in place to mitigate the risk such as a COVID 19 vaccine, our leadership requests the Prime Minister maintain a strict Border closure Policy. 

Meegwetch, 

Ogichidaa, Francis Kavanaugh
Grand Chief, Grand Council Treaty #3