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Mikinakoos Children's Fund seeks support this GivingTuesday

Donations will help outfit children living in remote Northwestern Ontario with warm winter clothes


November 23, 2022

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO (November 22, 2022) Mikinakoos Children's Fund is asking for help this GivingTuesday to outfit the youth of Kingfisher Lake First Nation and Big Trout Lake First Nation with warm winter clothing. Mikinakoos is an Indigenous children’s charity providing essentials to youth in remote First Nations communities. This year, the charity is working towards a fundraising goal of $20,000 by Tuesday, November 29.

“GivingTuesday is our most important fundraising time of the year,” said Mikinakoos Executive Director, Emily Shandruk. “As the weather gets colder, ensuring First Nations communities have the items they need to stay safe and comfortable throughout the winter months is essential. Every year, it’s our priority to ensure this happens.”

GivingTuesday marks the opening day of the giving season. It’s a time for Canadians to come together and rally for important causes. Last year, Mikinakoos worked with the Keewaytinook Internet High School (KiHS) to provide students from 15 remote Northwestern Ontario communities with warm winter coats, donated by vegan and cruelty-free outerwear company Wuxly. This year, Mikinakoos is hoping to make another strong impact.

“Access to warm clothing is limited in small fly-in-only communities, said KiHS Principal Angela Batsford. “So Mikinakoos’ GivingTuesday donation last year made a tremendous impact in the lives of our students by helping them enjoy just being kids.”

“Having proper winter clothing is essential for full participation in land-based activities and no students should be faced with a barrier to education, whether it occurs inside or outside of the physical classroom,” Angela said.

Kingfisher Lake is an Oji-Cree First Nation located 350 kilometres north of Sioux Lookout and Big Trout Lake is an Oji-Cree First Nation reserve about 580 kilometres north of Thunder Bay. Both are accessible by air all year around and by waterway in summer and ice roads in winter.

The remoteness of these communities leads to challenges around shipping and distributing necessities like food, sporting equipment and winter gear, especially as many have no permanent roads in and out. Global warming is leading to even more inconsistent ice road conditions and this issue is expected to progressively worsen.

In general, shipping food and supplies to remote First Nations is complex and often challenging. Since the start of the pandemic, Mikinakoos saw the cost of delivering food and other goods increase by 400%.

“These donations make a tangible impact in the lives of community members who currently don’t have adequate access to essential goods otherwise,” said Mikinakoos Executive Director, Emily Shandruk. “When we put First Nations kids first, we proactively ensure that every day we make the future stronger for generations to come and ensure that as a country, we are better for it.”

Engage with Mikinakoos Children's Fund on social through #FirstNationKidsFirst and donate to Mikinakoos’ GivingTuesday campaign.

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About Mikinakoos Children's Fund

Mikinakoos Children’s Fund is a charity created to address poverty by providing basic amenities, such as food, clothing, and shelter to First Nations children residing in remote communities. Join us on this journey to create positive change and secure the safety and well-being of First Nations children.


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