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In January 2016, a moratorium was placed on Section 6.2 of the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Medical Transportation Policy Framework (MTPF) following a commitment made with the Assembly of First Nations.

At the time section 6.2 of the medical transportation policy stated:

“When a client does not attend a scheduled appointment and medical transportation benefits have been provided, the client may have to assume the cost of the return trip or of the next trip to access medically required health services unless proper justification is provided to explain why the client was unable to attend or to notify the appropriate public carrier of the cancellation.” 

Until now, Section 6.2 of the MTPF was temporarily not enforced so that analysis on missed appointments could be conducted. After a thorough review and follow-up discussions with the AFN, Indigenous Services Canada has decided to reinstate Section 6.2, with minor changes that clarify potential exceptions to the rule.

Section 6.2 now states:

When a client does not attend a scheduled appointment and medical transportation benefits have been provided, the client may have to assume the cost of the return trip or of the next trip to access medically necessary health services unless justification is provided to explain why the client was unable to attend or to notify the appropriate public carrier of the cancellation. Justification may include, but is not limited to, unforeseen circumstances such as health service delivery delays, severe weather conditions, family or personal emergencies. 

NIHB will continue to work with partners and the NIHB Navigators to ensure that clients are aware of their responsibilities while travelling and will apply section 6.2 only when justification for missed travel has not been received.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.


FNIHB Ontario Region NIHB contacts: 

Ontario Region Client Information Line 1-800-640-0642

Heather Larsen, Senior Manager, (613) 941-6253

Julie Mirau, Manager, Program Delivery,  (613) 952-0139

Cynthia Lucier, Manager Sioux Lookout, (807) 737-5822

Sandra Freund, Manager Thunder Bay, (807) 346-3530

Thunder Bay Discharges 1-807-625-6039

All Other Discharges 1-807-737-5080

Sioux Lookout on-Call 

Weekends and Holidays 1-807-737-0828 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

FN Fisheries Management within the Great Lakes – Project Information & Consent Form


Principle Investigator:

Nicolas Brunet, Latornell Professor in Environmental Stewardship,

University of Guelph, 50 Stone Rd E, Guelph ON, Canada; 519 824 4120 (ext. 54414)

Team Members: Clayton Coppaway, Research Associate
Kelsey Beaton, Research Assistant, U of Guelph

Sheri Longboat, Assistant Professor, U of Guelph

Steve Crawford, Associate Professor, U of Guelph

Main Contacts:

Clayton Coppaway;; 226.750.5311 or

Kelsey Beaton;; 519.841.1206

Project Duration April – November 2018 (with the possibility of an extension)
Funding: Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)


Dear ______________,

You are invited to participate in a project on Great Lakes First Nation fisheries management. Our work will explore fisheries-related issues and emerging local solutions in your community with the hope of co-developing, with participants, an Ontario-wide portrait of First Nations Great Lakes fisheries. We are talking with approximately 30 leaders and environmental management professionals as a first step. You have been identified as being an important part of this group.

Project Description


This project aims to collaboratively develop our understanding of the history and current status of First Nations fisheries management within the Great Lakes. This project emerged as a direct response to a lack of resources and published materials regarding First Nations fisheries within the Great Lakes in Canada. This is contrasted to Tribal Councils in the United States who have had access to many more fisheries management resources. Our aim is to co-create, using your insights, guidance and knowledge, published reports that will document First Nations fisheries management perspectives and practice. Additionally, we hope to highlight the important relationships between your community’s treaty rights, fish, and the water and identify paths forward to ensure that fisheries management reflects local values, culture and your communities vision for the future.

Interview Process

Interviews will be approximately 45 minutes in length and can be conducted either in person or via telephone or internet. Interviews will only be audio-recorded with your expressed consent. You will be asked questions regarding your background (i.e. what you do, how long you have been in the community), as well as general information pertaining to fishing activities and fisheries in your community or region, and how they are managed. You may choose to withdraw from the study and remove your contributions at any time. You may also refuse to answer questions without consequence.

What are the risks of participating in this work?

We foresee little to no risk of participating this study. However, given the small number of participants, there is the possibility that your identity may be deduced. We are using every strategy at our disposal to avoid this including removing all identifiers associated with the recordings and encrypting all our files.

What are the benefits of participating in this work?

Our hope is that we may create together resources that can be useful to you in documenting and reflecting on your fisheries. At a minimum, we will draft a report that outlines key lessons learned that will be shared will all participants. Additionally, you will be invited to a gathering in the Fall, which will provide opportunities to connect, network, and shape possible future initiatives regarding fisheries management.

What will we do with the information?

Interview transcripts will be initially sent back to you for revision. Information gathered from the interviews will then be analyzed and reported back to you and other partners during a Fall gathering. Your identity will remain confidential unless you choose otherwise. The information collected during interviews may be used for academic publications and educational purposes. Information collected during interviews as well as your identity will always remain protected and held on a password protected computer only accessible to the research team.


Statement of Informant Rights


I have been fully informed of the objectives of the project being conducted. I understand these objectives and consent to being interviewed for the project. I understand that steps will be undertaken to ensure that this interview will remain confidential unless I consent to being identified.

                           I agree to be recorded


I agree to be identified by my name in the results of the study.


I agree to have my picture used in publications resulting from this study



_______________________                 _______________________          _____________

Participant – Printed Name       Participant – Signature                  Date

This project has been reviewed by the Research Ethics Board for compliance with federal guidelines for research involving human participants. If you have questions regarding your rights and welfare as a research participant in this study (REB#…..), please contact: Director, Research Ethics; University of Guelph;; (519) 824-4120 (ext. 56606)


Project Description Consent Form


20th annual Anishinabek Evening of Excellence

On the evening of Wednesday, August 15, 2017 the Anishinabek Nation 7th Generation Charity (AN7GC) will host the 20th annual Anishinabek Evening of Excellence on Chippewas of Rama First Nation Territory at Casino Rama.

Each year the Anishinabek Nation 7th Generation Charity hosts a celebration to recognize and bring awareness to Anishinaabe citizens who have made a lifetime commitment to improving the quality of life on First Nations. We recognize these individuals as ‘building blocks’ to improving the lives of Anishinabek citizens and the Anishinabek Nation as a whole and we present these individuals with Anishinabek Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The closing date for Anishinabek Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations is June 1, 2018

In addition to our Anishinabek Lifetime Achievement Awards, we will also award four (4) Anishinaabe students at the post-secondary level with Anishinabek Student Excellence Awards/Scholarships.

The closing date for Anishinabek Student Excellence Award Applications is June 15, 2018

If you are interested in attending, tickets are $60.00 each. Deadline for purchasing is August 8, 2018. Tickets will not be available at the door.

For more information or to purchase tickets contact the AN7GC office:

Phone: (705) 497-9127 or 1-877-702-5200 – Fax: (705) 497-9135 –


Be Bear Wise and keep your cottage safe from bears

Most human-bear conflicts occur when bears are attracted by smells and rewarded with an easy meal. When bears pick up a scent with their keen noses, they will investigate it – even at your cottage.

Bears will return to an available food source, so keep your cottage clear of attractants like:

  • Open garbage bins
  • Grease and food residue from barbecue grills
  • Ripe fruit that has fallen
  • Meat scraps and food in the composter
  • Bird feeders
  • Pet food
  • Outdoor beverage fridges.

It takes all cottagers working together to be Bear Wise. Remove attractants
or take precautions to avoid unwanted visitors.

When you leave your cottage:

  • Remove garbage or drop it off at a waste disposal site
  • Eliminate odours by disinfecting garbage and recycling bins and
    removing scented products from the outdoors
  • Clean the barbecue and remove any grease or food scraps
  • Remove open food from inside your cottage
  • Close and lock all windows and doors
  • Have neighbours check in on your house if you are away for an extended period of time.

Always call 911 in an emergency.

Call 1-866-514-2327 to report a sighting.

Visit for more tips on being Bear Wise at the cottage