New services available to AKRC First Nations

New services available to AKRC First Nations

AKRC along with Indigenous Affairs Ontario (IAO) introduces the following services open to the 5 bands, the program is expected to run until June 30, 2021.


First Nation communities are facing urgent mental health and addictions (MHA) crisis because of COVID-19 pandemic. This program is designed to support community based and community driven initiatives that address MHA needs for the most vulnerable including children, youth, elders, and individuals in crisis. Since the pandemic, many communities have cancelled and postponed community activities that have led to isolation and the increased use of drugs and alcohol of all ages which is co-related with, among other issues, suicide, depression, violence, and further isolation.

This new program is designed to provide members opportunities to learn of our culture /traditions and to reconnect with the community. These include land- based teachings and activities. In addition, clients will have access to counselling sessions that will include ceremony either individually or family session to help address the systemic problems that arise from addictions.

Trauma Informed Cultural Practitioner (Professional),  Al Hunter

Al Hunter (Mashkawegaabo) Atik n’doodem, is Anishinaabe from Manitou Rapids, Rainy River First Nations in Treaty 3 territory. His approach to helping is one of being trauma-informed in cross-cultural practices and support for Anishinaabeg peoples and communities. Al has worked as a long term, trauma-informed worker in the north and continued to travel there before the pandemic. He has been involved in work and support surrounding MMIWG’s and their families for over 10 years both personally and professionally. Al works with the following organizations and communities in an ongoing advisory or professional capacity: Ontario Native Women’s Association; Aboriginal Shelters of Ontario; Ginoogaming First Nation (Matatwa); Family Information Liaison Unit – Ontario (support for families and circles).

Al Hunter is available to the 5 FN’s (7 communities)

Contact information

Rhonda Nash @ Email [email protected]

 Elaine Ross @ Email: [email protected]

Vanessa Powassin @ Email: [email protected]

Al Hunter @ Email: [email protected]

Important Note: AKRC continues to be closed and all staff are working from home.

“Our Anishinaabe way of life & ceremony is our ‘Education’. It is provided by mother earth that is governed by Natural laws & kept by our knowledge keepers. Our Anishinaabe ways is central to our teachings & learning of the Anishinaabe ways to live.”

Training Opportunity for Fishery Technicians

Training Opportunity for Fishery Technicians

Date: February 25 2021 to February 26, 2021 Time: 9am to 4pm

The Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resource Council Inc is seeking three qualified candidates to
work along side the AKRC Fisheries Crew as fisheries Technicians. This is a Training with Possibility of

Training Will Cover:

  • Collection of biological samples (commercial)
  • Preparation of samples for AKRC ageing laboratories
  • Fish ageing
  • Data entry
  • Environmental Monitoring Field Notes
  • Analysis

AKRC Fisheries, Center for indigenous Environmental Research (CIER), Ontario Ministry of Natural
Resources Forestry (OMNRF)

Eligibility Criteria
• Northern Ontario secondary school graduate
• Graduate from a College or university would be considered an asset
• Good interpersonal oral, and written skills
• Good organization and management skills
• Computer literacy
• Desire to pursue natural resource as a career

Closing date: February 24, 2021, 4:00 p.m.
Email/fax resume with 3 references to: Michelle Oshie, [email protected]
Fax: (807) 226-4459

Food deliveries assist First Nation communities during Covid-19 Pandemic

Food deliveries assist First Nation communities during Covid-19 Pandemic

The AKRC staff have been very busy meeting to assist with food and coordinate deliveries to the isolated community of Northwest Angle #33 as the community is under the first few days of being under full
lock-down as a result of COVID-19. The deliveries have been met with emotional responses form many Elders and community members in receiving this assistance.

The school bus plow owned by the Boucha brothers from Kenora, have agreed to assist AKRC in the weekly delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables to Angle Inlet until March 31, 2021. The Boucha brothers
have been plowing the ice road from Kenora to the isolated communities of Windigo Island and Angle Inlet for a few years who are contracted through Animakee Wa Zhing #37. The ice road provides the
conveniences and ability of accessing the local services of Kenora being delivered from organizations such as the WHNAC and KCA, Treaty 3 police.

Currently, through planning sessions with AKRC staff – the Resource council has been able to provide the community if Northwest Angle #33 with two food delivery services under the Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Strategy Program and Covid-19 Funding.

  • The Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Strategy program funded through the Grand Council Treaty #3 provides regional funding to AKRC to initiate a plan for the first nations bands of Big Grassy, Onigaming, and Northwest Angle #33. A total of 295 households are provided with a weekly supply of fresh fruit and vegetables. The program is aimed at providing healthy eating and access to fresh fruits and vegetables. AKRC is also working with Webb’s from Fort Frances, Ontario.
  • Through Covid-19 funding, AKRC provided a delivery recently on February 19, 2021 to provide the community of Angle Inlet with groceries and supplies to assist the isolated community in their current lock-down state.

Additional supports are expected to come that will be funded by the IHWS – Indigenous Health and Wellness Strategy to deliver another supply of food in the upcoming days.

For more information, Please contact Rhonda Nash, Executive Director or Elizabeth Arch, Community Development Support Worker, by calling our main office at 807-226-4445 or using the contact form.



Food Delivery in NWA33 (Dog Paw)

Food Delivery in Onigaming

Food Delivery in Big Grassy

Our PSW Students hard at work!

Our PSW Students hard at work!

PSW students learning and practicing their skills in SGEI’s Imbimiwidoomin Mino-ayaawin – We Carry Wellness simulation lab.

(Photos provided from Seven Generations Inst.)