Treaty 2 Territory- The past week has been a busy one for the Kithithkatchewanung Anishinaabe Nation (also known as Dauphin River First Nation). The population currently sits at 398 members residing in the Nation. For the past week, a good number of those members came together to put together Food Hampers and Meat Packages for each home in Kithithkatchewanung.
Band Staff including Chief Lawrence Letander, and Council along with Health Staff, School Staff and Volunteers came out to unload, unpack and sort out dozens of pallets and crates of supplies.
60 Hampers were put together families, elders, and individuals. The hampers contained a variety of meat products, and dry goods such as pasta, rice, cereal, oatmeal. Also included was potatoes, onions, milk, flour, canned goods, and fruit along with bathroom and cleaning products. Pampers and food for pets was also included for those families who needed it.
‘This is what my community can do when they come together. It may not seem like a lot compared to other larger communities, but to the families here it is. This is how we support one another. Miigwetch to those who came to help” shared Chief Letander “I want to acknowledge the helpers this weekend who put the hampers together and distributed them. The organization that was in place was amazing. Dauphin River Health ordered the hampers and the women came together”.
In speaking with Community Helper, Yolanda Thompson we were told that Food and Meat Hampers will be provided to those living off reserve, this weekend.
Chief Letander recently shared in a Faceook post “I’m proud of my community in what they can do. I want to take this time to acknowledge the Health Staff, Jordan’s Principle Staff, IRTC Youth, Band Staff, Security and all the local volunteers for all their tireless effort in keeping our community safe. Thank you to those that unloaded meat packs and distributed them to the community. We will continue together as a community to lookout for one another. I also want to take to thank IRTC, SCO, Treaty 2 Government & AMC in helping my community. Miigwetch“
It’s been a trying 2 Years for our Nations, and the world at large due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Citizens in our Nations have been encouraged to stay home in an effort to remain safe and protected from Covid-10. Many of our Treaty 2 Nations have lost loved ones, and we all need to do whatever we can to ensure no more lives are lost due to this increasingly contagious virus. It is community work like this that help keep out Nations safe.
Currently there no active cases in Dauphin River First Nation. We Congratulate your Nation on its comradery and incredible work of reciprocity with food security for your members.
We wish the members of Kithithkatchewanung Anishinaabe Nation the very best as they move forward as a Nation; and we wish wellness and wellbeing to you all.
Miigwech Giigindaman. Stay well.
Submitted By: Marlene Davis, Communications Keeper
Last modified: January 27, 2022