Kenora’s Boucha family is helping to deliver food to isolated communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff with the Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resource Council, based out of Sioux Narrows and part of Grand Council Treaty #3, say the Boucha’s have agreed to assist them in bringing fresh fruit and vegetables to Angle Inlet weekly, through March 31, 2021.

The Boucha’s have transformed an old school bus into a plow for local ice roads, which will be used for the deliveries. Their plowing work has been helping the isolated communities of Windigo Island and Angle Inlet, as well as service providers like the Kenora Chiefs Advisory and Treaty Three Police Service.

AKRC staff add they’ve been meeting to assist with food deliveries for Northwest Angle #33 First Nation, who are under a full COVID-19 lockdown, and two new food sources have been found.

- The Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Strategy is funded by Grand Council Treaty #3, with a plan to provide 295 households with weekly supplies of fresh fruit and vegetables.

- Through COVID-19 funding, AKRC staff were able to deliver groceries and supplies to Angle Inlet, Minnesota, who are also under a COVID-19 lockdown.

Staff say the deliveries have been met with emotional responses from elders and community members, and additional supports through the Indigenous Health and Wellness Strategy to deliver more food is expected soon.