Rick Garrick

Communities announce temporary lock downs to avoid COVID-19

Create: 04/01/2020 - 04:36

Wapekeka, Bearskin Lake and Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) recently announced plans for lock downs of the community or a shutdown of flights due to concerns over the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Wapekeka announced a complete Lock Down of the community for 24 hours from April 2 at 12 p.m. until April 3 at 12 p.m. in a March 27 advance notice posting. It is being held as a drill to prepare for when the community needs to do a lock down in the future.

Lakehead University Powwow cancelled

Create: 03/28/2020 - 02:23

The growing concerns over COVID-19 not only affected Ron Kanutski’s opportunity to celebrate his culture at the cancelled 32nd Annual Lakehead University Native Student Association Powwow, they also affected his employment opportunities. The powwow was scheduled at the C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse at Lakehead University’s Thunder Bay campus.

Drew Hayden’s humorous play featured in Thunder Bay

Create: 03/28/2020 - 02:09

Magnus Theatre’s production of Drew Hayden Taylor’s play Cottagers and Indians features the humorous dramatization of a bitter conflict between an Indigenous man who is planting manomin (wild rice) and a nearby cottager. Herbie Barnes, from Aundeck Omni Kaning, plays the Indigenous character of Arthur Copper while Philippa Domville, from Montreal, plays the cottager Maureen Poole in the one-act play, which runs from March 13-28 at the Thunder Bay theatre.

Confederation celebrates Indigenous cuisine

Create: 03/28/2020 - 02:06

Confederation College’s Celebration Showcasing Indigenous Cuisine was a hit with a group of 4th Annual Truth and Reconciliation Gathering for Ontario Colleges participants on March 11 in Thunder Bay.

“I thought it was fabulous — the food was really delicious,” says Regina Mandamin, manager of Indigenous Relations and Inclusion at the City of Thunder Bay. “It was a fun sort of gourmet-take on Indigenous foods. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.”

Mandamin says the celebration was a good opportunity to network as well as be introduced to some traditional Indigenous foods.

Muskrat Dam closes borders, Thunder Bay bans visitation at hospital

Create: 03/28/2020 - 02:01

Muskrat Dam is closing its borders after March 27 to all traffic except for medical trips approved by a practicing physician due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

“Here in Muskrat Dam the people have given direction to do so, and that will be effective Friday at midnight,” says Muskrat Dam Chief Vernon Morris. “We are aware of all the activity that is happening outside of our own community and in the urban setting as well and we are in close communication with other communities in our respective area.”

Concern raised by FN communities close to confirmed COVID-19 cases

Create: 03/25/2020 - 01:30

Weenusk expressed concerns about a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Timmins area during their March 20 Statement from Chief and Council on the COVID-19 global pandemic. Weenusk was one of four Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities that provided community updates on March 20 and 21, including Sandy Lake and Kashechewan on March 20 and Marten Falls on March 21.

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