Rick Garrick

SLMHC Covid-19 cases on the rise

Create: 06/27/2020 - 02:17

Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler is calling for more communications with First Nation communities after six staff at the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) tested positive for COVID-19 as of June 22.

“Obviously we’re concerned by these developments — not only are we concerned about the six or so positive cases that have been identified, we’re also concerned about the communication process from the hospital,” Fiddler says, “the fact that there have been delays to communicate the news of these troubling developments to our communities.”

NNEC posts video graduation

Create: 06/27/2020 - 02:03

Northern Nishnawbe Education Council (NNEC) recently posted 2020 graduation videos for Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School and Pelican Falls First Nations High School on its website due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Unfortunately due to COVID-19 we are not able to have an in-person graduation at this time,” says Dobi-Dawn Frenette, director of education at NNEC, during a May 29 phone interview. “Our plan is to bring our graduates together once it is safe to do so.”

ABPA hosts webinars to help businesses access COVID-19 relief funds

Create: 06/01/2020 - 21:36

The Aboriginal Business Professional Association (ABPA) held a webinar on Our Fair Share: Helping Indigenous Business Access COVID-19 Relief Funds featuring guest speaker Brian Davey.

“It went fantastic — great questions, people were very interested,” says Davey, executive director of NADF and board member with ABPA. “In a very short period of time we got out a lot of information. I hope it’s enough information that sticks (so) people take away what they need to know to move forward.”

Artist Janelle Wawia busy filling custom orders during pandemic

Create: 06/01/2020 - 21:27

Red Rock Indian Band artist Janelle Wawia is keeping busy with creating her art and taking care of custom orders during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

“I’m trying to mix up my time with all the creative ideas I’ve been holding off creating and also working on custom orders,” Wawia says during an e-mail interview. “It’s allowing me more time to stay focused on my art, having the ability to access my art immediately for reprieve, expression and comfort as well as connection to other Indigenous artists.”

Kashechewan makes flood preparations

Create: 05/15/2020 - 03:03

A Flood Watch was issued for the Albany River on May 2 with Kashechewan and Fort Albany residents warned to keep a close watch on river conditions as ice break up may be occurring upriver. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – Cochrane District and the Mushkegowuk Council Emergency Management Services advised area residents in a May 7 update that the Flood Watch remains in effect until May 14. The update indicated that the level of flood risk remained at moderate to high for the two James Bay communities.

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