Community Helps Kiizhik


The community has given back to a local school.

Gagiige Kiizhik GaKinoo'amaawadiiwi'gamig GaKinoo'amaawasowin school, also known as Kiizhik School, has received a cheque for $9,625.29 to put towards new art and music supplies as well as new basketball nets for their gym.

The funds were raised through a fundraiser co-hosted by Ochiichagwe'Babigo'Ining Ojibway Nation -- also known as the Dalles -- and Chief Lorraine Cobiness, Kenora MP Bob Nault and MS Kenora staff earlier this summer. The fundraiser included an MS Kenora boat tour, and brought the business community and First Nation leadership together to discuss economic development initiatives in the area.

Allan Luby, the captain and president for the MS Kenora, spoke about the inspiration behind the fundraiser. 

“A few years back, when we started the school, the chief and I got talking about the lack of funding and the lack of proper facilities, basketball courts, music and arts supplies. We thought that maybe we could partner with Kenora MP Bob Nault and co-host something with the MS Kenora and do a fundraiser,” he said. 

Luby also took the time to thank corporate gold and silver sponsors MNP and Talon Resources. 

Don Morrison, Executive Director of Bimose Tribal Council and Kiizhik Education Corporation, detailed how the donation will benefit students. 

“We’re always excited for our students as they get into more arts and sports programs. We’re a holistic school, we offer language, culture, physical and mental health, and through this generous gift to our school, our students are going to get the best. High-quality art supplies and basketball nets, and it’s really appreciated on behalf of our students,” he said. 

Kiizhik School is in its third year of operation, and an initiative of Bimose Tribal Council’s First Nation members. 

- Ryan Forbes,, Nov 17th 2017
On behalf of the students of Kiizhik School, a sincere thank you to Allan Luby who donated the proceeds of the Annual MS Kenora Economic Development Cruise to our school for basketball nets/backboards and music & art supplies. Total amount was $9,625. Wow! Thank you to Chief Lorraine Cobiness and the Honourable Robert Nault MP for co-hosting the event and generous sponsors MNP and Talon Resources. Allan, as former Bimose ED and former Chief of Ochiichagwe'babigo'ining, was one of the visionaries of Kiizhik School and his continued support is very much appreciated. I was telling him how we are so proud of our children - speaking our language, practicing our traditions, and many of our high school grads are now in post secondary programs. Yeah, our students are the best!  Miigwetch Allan!

- Don Morrison, Bimose Tribal Council Inc.

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