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Closure of Shibogama Communities / KI Community Winter Road

Shibogama Chiefs and KI Chief held its conference call on Wednesday March 25, 2020 to discuss the increasing safety concerns on the access and utilization of the winter road access as it pertains to the spread of COVID-19 virus.

For your information, the original plan to close the winter road was March 31, 2020 according to the Winter Road Project Team.

Due to rapid progression and increasing safety concerns of the COVID-19 virus and the need to be proactive to curve and delay the epidemic, the Shibogama Chiefs and KI Chief made a collective decision to close the winter road effective on the date of Saturday March 28, 2020 at midnight.

The community leadership is responsible to inform its membership, local businesses and sub-contractors of this announcement immediately and to monitor the implementation of the winter road closure.

The collective decision is made to ensure the safety and well being of the community members that is a priority of the leadership.

If there are any further questions, please contact our office.

Matthew Angees, Executive Director
Shibogama First Nations Council
Tel: (807)737-2662 ext. 2280
Fax: (807)737-1583
Cell: (807)738-2265

INTERNAL MEMO To: Shibogama First Nations Council Staff From: Executive Director Matthew Angees Date: March 20, 2020. Re: Changing the Location of Where We Work March 23 to April 3, 2020 (inclusive) Due to the rapid progression of COVID-19 pandemic and the need be proactive to curve the epidemic and to ensure the safety and well being of the staff, Shibogama First Nations Council management made a collective decision to implement course of action. The Shibogama First Nations Council office sites will be closed for two weeks to help contain the possible spread of the COVID-19 virus. All employees are expected to be available by phone or email during regular workday hours for the duration specified. Department leads will co-ordinate with their staff regarding working from home as well as scheduled teleconferences for consultations and updates. Department Heads are: Administration - Human Resource Officer Linda Kitchkeesick Education – Language Coordinator Nelson Makoop Health & Mental Health Wellness – Garth Geddes Technical Services – Luke McKay Executive Director will have weekly contact with the senior managers and department heads to get updates and directions to ensure support and assistance is provided to the communities. Please (note) that this is not a two-week holiday! Staff will be required to submit an “application for leave” form for any day that they are not available during regular working hours. We realize that it might be difficult to work at home if you have young children. If this pertains to your situation, staff are asked to apply for and use their “banked hours” or “vacation credits”. We do expect you to make every effort to use up your vacation credits. Incoming calls to the office will be re-routed to a cell phone that Receptionist Esther Monias will answer from her home. The Senior Managers and Department Leads will meet by tele-conference calls, and the department leads will contact the appropriate staff in the event Shibogama needs to react to requests from the communities. We will need to be prepared to react to the situations especially to the crisis situations if needed. No one will loose a pay cheque as a result of the change of his or her work place location. This drastic measure has to be implemented so staff can stay in their homes and help reduce the possible transmission of the virus. The best prevention is to self-isolate and follow the instructions and guidelines stipulated by the Government and the Health Authorities. On behalf of SFNC Chiefs, thank you for your understanding and adherence to this directive, be safe and support each other.






   Please be advised that SFNC will immediately implement travel restrictions for our organization as follows:

  • No travel to meetings and conferences or other gatherings
  • No hosting of meetings  or other gatherings
  • No  travel to and from communities-except in extenuating cicumstances with special authorization from senior management for essential services thatt may need to be provided in emergency situations.

    " the travel restriction will stay in effect until March 31, 2020 when it will be re-assessed"

Signed:  Matthew Angees, CEO


To all staff,

Due to the recent upgrade of the Coronavirus as being declared a pandemic, the Chief and Council is implementing a travel restriction to all the staff under Kingfisher Lake First Nation. All business related and non-essential travel will be suspended until March 31, at which time the restriction will be reviewed. This restriction will also be in effect for any professionals/contractors that may be coming in unless it is an emergency or in extenuating circumstances. These measures are in place for the health and safety of our community members. We must make every effort to minimize the spread of the COVID 19 (Coronavirus). 

Personal travel is strongly discouraged for all staff and community members/visitors. Please restrict travel to emergency matters at this time. 

Chief Eddie Mamakwa


Shibogama is a regional tribal council located in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Canada. Like many of the other regional councils, Shibogama is a member of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation. On September 28th, 1984, the Shibogama Area Tribal Council was established at the Kasabonika Lake Band Office. In January 1985, Shibogama First Nations Council was incorporated, making it officially an organization that is controlled and governed by the Board of Directors who are the Chiefs from each of the member First Nations