Wabaseemoong Independent Nation, March 2nd 2021

Wabaseemoong Independent Nation would like to send a big thank you to some businesses in Kenora.

In the last week, a group of local businesses and individuals got together, and planned a way to show their support for Wabaseemoong Independent Nation.
The group that is led by Pam Viinikka, the owner of the Cornerstone, coordinated with multiple other businesses from the downtown core.
Everyone decided to purchase and assemble 352 kits for the youth in the community, that included games, snacks, gift cards for movies and online games, water bottles, etc.

At this time the value of the cash and in-kind donations is over $20,000 dollars and continues to grow every day.

“During times like these, when you are seeing so many negative things happening on social media, and in the media, to have a group of local businesses stand together and show their support for our community means a lot, and goes a long way,” said Chief Waylon Scott. “We want to say Miigwetch, to these businesses that stepped up, and are bringing positivity to the community, and setting an example.”

The donation will be organized, and brought to community, where it can then be distributed between the youth.

Thank you to this group (Kenora Business Community – Together strong with Wabaseemoong), and to everyone else who has reached out and shown their support for our community at this time.

The following is a list of businesses and individuals that contributed to the care packages:

  • Cornerstone Restaurant
  • The Black Oven
  • Trent Hamilton, Safeway
  • Sweet, Lake of the Woods
  • Remax Northewst Realty Limited
  • Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority
  • Lake of the Woods Electric
  • Dingwall Ford
  • Copperfin Credit Union
  • Lake of the Woods Sunrise Soap Company
  • Log Cabin Tavern
  • Boreal Paddle and Apparel
  • Mount Evergreen Ski Club
  • Brown Funeral Home
  • Swift Cash
  • Smoke & Fire
  • Northern Energy
  • Haney Construction
  • Shelley Ginn
  • Wilson’s Business Solutions
  • Gillon’s Insurance
  • Keewatin Place
  • Talbot Marketing
  • LBE Group
  • Shopper’s Drug Mart
  • The Hungry Pug
  • Cabin Country Realty
  • Lindsay Evans, Thirty-One
  • Chad & Braden, The Boathouse Restaurant
  • Jaclyn McAllister
  • Kenora District Chamber of Commerce
  • Quesada Burritos and Tacos
  • Titan Contracting
  • Godbout Towing
  • Nikki Edison
  • Plaza Restaurant
  • Kenora Veterinary Clinic
  • Bearheart Boutique
  • Days Inn
  • Ally Crandall
  • Morgan Brignell
  • Bestway Rentals
  • Houseboat Adventures
  • Kano Reid
  • Megan Dokuchie
  • Shelley Torrie Home and Cottage Realty
  • Timothy Warkentin, Manulife Financial
  • Lake of the Woods Brewing Company
  • City of Kenora
  • Home Hardware
  • Steven Wolfe, Wolfe Sound & Music
  • FSET
  • CIBC
  • Jackie Franck, Kenora Chiefs Advisory
  • Elle Peterson, Remax
  • Yana Sobiski
  • Karla Treadway Yoga and Integrated Life Coaching
  • Spirit Oak


  • Pam Viinikka
  • Alexis Pernsky
  • Jackie Franck
  • Anna & Nathan Godbout
  • Kelly Smith
  • Sheralei Cunningham
  • Braden Paul
  • Nikki Edison
  • Morgan Brignell
  • Rob & Megan Dokuchie
  • Tina Adamopoulos
  • Steven Woolfe
  • Olive Novelli
  • Montana Braun
  • Anneke Gillis

For media inquiries please contact Abbie Siroishka, Senior Executive Assistant and Communications Lead at Kenora Chiefs Advisory, 807-407-4282, abbie.siroishka@kenorachiefs.ca