Mindimooyenh Clinic – ONWA, TBDHU, and Dilico Anishinnabek Family Care Who qualifies: Indigenous residents of Thunder Bay who are over 16 years old and non-Indigenous household members. Proof of Indigenous ancestry and supporting documentation for non-Indigenous household members required. Days and location: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Valhalla Inn – Ballroom Next clinic date: Appointments are being booked for the week of April 13. Register at: https://www.onwa.ca/covid-19-resources or call 807-697-1753 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m
IMPORTANT NOTICE from the Mindimooyenh Vaccination Clinic (March 25, 2021): As per TBDHU directive, all second dose clinics of the COVID-19 vaccine have been postponed.
This change follows recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) to extend second dose up to 16 weeks after first doses. This change applies to the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccines.
Please note: if there is a change to your second dose appointment date and time, you will be contacted to reschedule.
The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) in partnership with Dilico Anishinnabek Family Care and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, is initiating an urban Indigenous COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Thunder Bay. The Mindimooyenh Vaccination Clinic will be a weekly COVID-19 vaccination clinic open to the Thunder Bay urban Indigenous population and their families (over 16 years old).
Who qualifies: Adults who identify as First Nation, Métis and Inuit who are 18 years and older; adults who live in the same household with an adult who identifies as Indigenous; and all older adults 60+. Dates and locations: More vaccine clinics are being planned in the PHU region over the next few weeks. PHU will update as dates, times and locations are confirmed.
The Porcupine Health Unit has announced the following COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics. Any eligible individual living in a smaller outlying community is always welcome to schedule into these clinics. Please note that appointments are required. Walk-ins will not be accepted.
Timmins: Friday, April 16 & Saturday, April 17 – Mountjoy Arena Iroquois Falls: Saturday, April 17 & Tuesday, April 20 – Jus Jordan Arena & Sports Complex Kapuskasing: Saturday, April 17 & Tuesday, April 20 – Sports Palace Smooth Rock Falls: Sunday, April 18 – Reg Lamy Cultural Centre Cochrane: Monday, April 19 – Tim Horton Event Centre Hearst: Monday, April 19 – Claude Larose Arena Matheson: Sunday, April 18 – Vern Miller Arena To register: Go to www.phu.fyi/covid-vaccine or call 1-800-461-1818.
Please see below for information on Living Space’s vaccine clinic for their guests:
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in PHU regions for First Nations People, Metis, and Inuit who are 18 years and older.
Who qualifies: Matawa members residing in Thunder Bay 16 and older and their families sharing hte same household with prioritization for the vulnerable population. These clinics will be first doses only. For those who have already received their 1st dose, you will be notified through social media and via telephone/email with your 2nd dose appointments once dates are determined. Dates: April 21, 22, 23, 2021 Location: CLE Grounds (Heritage Building) 425 Northern Avenue, Thunder Bay Time: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (each day) Register at:email@example.com or by calling 346-2370. Provide name, age, First Nation, address, phone number and whether or not transportation will be required.
The Northwestern Health Unit has provided the following information regarding vaccination clinics in their region: Complete our COVID-19 vaccine registration form for First Nations and Metis adults to let us know you want a vaccine appointment. In a few days, you will get an email from the Ministry of Health with a code so you can use the provincial booking system. If you do not receive an email, please be sure to check your junk / spam mail. For more information please click here.
If you have questions or experience problems when booking, please contact the NWHU COVID-19 hotline at 1-866-468-2240.
Update April 9, 2021: Matawa’s Food Hamper Give Away will take place on April 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.at the Matawa Education Centre. Please call 768-3315.
Update March 29, 2021: The Matawa Health Co-operative is offering COVID-19 testing. Testing is done in the trailer outside the Matawa Building. Walk-ins are not allowed. Call to book anytime between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday at: 1-833-625-3611 (please not that this line doesn’t operate during lunch).
Update February 24, 2021:Neskantaga First Nation Declares State of Emergency RE: COVID-19 Outbreak in Off-Reserve Members. See the media release including accompanying links here: http://bit.ly/2NDqYAr .
Update January 22, 2021: Starting Monday January 25, 2021–anyone wanting to enter the 808 winter road network (to Eabametoong, Neskantaga, Nibinamik & Webequie) will need “approval to enter” forms. Without written First Nation approval, entry will be denied. See more information and Approval to Enter Forms here: http://bit.ly/2NusKn2
Matawa offices are temporarily closed until April 17 and essential services will still be available during this time. Matawa provides advisory services/programs to nine member Ojibway and Cree First Nations (eight First Nations in James Bay Treaty No. 9). Matawa is committed to quality assurance and are responsive to our communities’ needs.As per Matawa Chiefs direction, Matawa Fisrt Nations Management will be submitting a proposal for COVID-19 funding for off-reserve or urban Indigenous organizations and communities on behalf of the member First Nations whose citizens are residing in the City of Thunder Bay. This will be specific to the communities of Aroland, Constance Lake, Eabametoong, Ginnogaming, Long Lake #58, Marten Falls, Neskantaga, Nibinamik and Webequie
Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre would like to invite all individuals who identify as Urban Indigenous (any First Nation’s person not living on a First Nation Territory) or Metis, and are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to pre-register for the upcoming vaccination clinics.
Rainy River Vaccine Clinic Date: April 8, 2021 from 12pm-6pm in Rainy River at the Knox United Church Fort Frances Clinic Date: April 9, 2021 from from 9:30am-4pm in Fort Frances at the Metis Hall
Who qualifies: All individuals who identify as Urban Indigenous (any First Nation’s person not living on a First Nation Territory) or Metis To register: Please contact Jasmine Nastiuk or Jolene Richert, Indigenous Care Coordinators at 807-274-3131
Update April 7, 2021: Family Food Bags will be available tomorrow (Thursday, April 8) starting at 3 p.m.! These are available for families with school aged children from any school and school board. It’s a first come, first serve system and no ID or registration is required. If you can, leave a few extra minutes this week as we’d like to get your feedback on the bags!
Update January 27, 2021: Roots to Harvest is working with the Student Nutrition programs through Lakehead Public Schools and Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board to get food out to families who have opted for online learning and don’t get the breakfast and snack options offered at schools. If you are a family who has children registered at one of the online learning schools and could use some food supports, please check your seesaw (from Lakehead Schools) or your google classroom and synervoice (from TB Catholic District School Board) to find out where and when these are available. At this time, they are only for families with students registered in online learning with those school boards.
Update January 13, 2021: Roots to Harvest’s Community Food Market is open Tuesdays 1 – 4 p.m. at Limbrick Unit 97. Fruits and vegetables are available to anyone in Thunder Bay, at cost. They feature local produce from local farms.
Update June 25, 2020: Roots to Harvest is switching to every two weeks in the summer, starting THURSDAY JULY 2 at all the same locations as before. 14 weeks and over 5500 bags of food reaching over 900 kids each week from over 40 different schools and daycares handed out in 13 different locations with 17 different partners helping! Each bag has about 15 meals so that means over 82,000 meals. But more importantly, it means 82,000 times in the last 14 weeks that families didn’t have to worry about where lunch or breakfast would come from.
UPDATE Community Gardens will move forward amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Roots to Harvest has a Facebook page to help coordinate volunteers (e.g. deliveries). Family food packages (300+) are also available everyday (starting next Wednesday, April 1st) to take the place of the school lunches that use to be provided before the closures. They have partnered with all the school boards and Red Cross to ensure that affected families are aware of this service. they are getting most of there funding from the youth inclusion and the red cross breakfast program. So far they will be doing hampers working on breakfast hampers deliveries will be on Tuesdays and Friday 10 locations in the city
In collaboration with Northwester Ontario Women’s Center, Roots to Harvest is dropping off Emergency Good Food Box hampers weekly to families in need. On April 9, will begin to go out to allow individuals time off for Good Friday. Packages will still be available at the Dew Drop Inn and Whitefish School on Friday.
Keep up to date with What Roots to Harvest is doing for the community during COVID-19.
Individuals from a Matawa community, over age 18, and living in Sioux Lookout are eligible to receive their vaccine at the Sioux Lookout Vaccination Clinic on April 14 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – by appointment only. Call the April Root at (807)-737-6069 to book an appointment or ask any questions. Please do not call Matawa.
NWHU worked with Tribal Councils, SLFNHA, and other partners to offer a vaccination clinic to urban members in Sioux Lookout on March 26, 2021. Similar clinics may be planned in the future.
Who qualifies: Urban members 18+ affiliated with the Shibogama, Matawa, Windigo, Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO), IFNA, and Independent communities. To register: Tribal councils directly contacted urban members and led the coordination of the clinic. Please contact your Tribal Councils for updates and more information.