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$50,000 from the ECSFund to Support the KO Communities

In December 2020, we received a $50,000 grant from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Support Fund, which is also supported by United Way of Thunder BayThunder Bay Community Foundation, and Community Foundations of Canada.

This $50,000 funding was used exclusively to support North Spirit Lake First Nation, a community of Keewaytinook Okimakanak, as they were the only community to not receive Jordan’s Principle Funding.

With the help from businesses in Thunder Bay, Mallons and Giant Tiger, sourcing us with our winter gear for the children including: hats, mitts, winter coats, pants, boots, socks and more we delivered 21 boxes (1400lbs) worth of winter gear to the North Spirit Lake community to serve 125 children. 

Also included in this shipment was 24 boxes (700lbs) worth of sporting gear such as: cross country skis, road hockey equipment, and a variety of basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, and baseballs. This assortment of sporting gear was donated by locally owned in Thunder Bay, This assortment of gear was donated by Play It Again Sports locally owned in Thunder Bay by Mike Fonso!

“Mikinakoos is a wonderful organization to partner with. As a community member of North Spirit Lake First Nation, I am proud to work with them to support the needs of the children in this community”-Leona Lachinette, Administrative Secretary for the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Communities

Play it Again Sports Owner

Mike Fonso, Owner of Play It Again Sports in Thunder Bay