Equipping northern First Nations communities with masks

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“So the work doesn’t end with masks. We are also collecting, and sending, educational supplies for children including books, colouring sheets, toys, and craft kits so they have access to educational material while in isolation.”

Nicole Ineese-Nash, Local project lead & graduate student

Equipping northern First Nations communities with masks

To address the shortage of protective equipment in northern Ontario’s First Nation communities, Ryerson University is helping local community groups provide masks and other supplies to those who need them most.

Ron Missewace, Eabametoong First Nation (EFN) housing manager, reached out to Professor Shelagh McCartney, expert on First Nation housing issues at Ryerson and partner on First Nation community-driven housing initiatives, to mobilize local groups and youth organizations to help get PPE to the community in response to their first COVID-19 case.

Since then, Ryerson graduates, students and professors have shared resources with these local community groups. These organizations have gone on to coordinate the creation of the masks, packaging and delivering to other First Nations communities, providing educational supplies as well as over 10,000 masks to community members.

To learn more, visit Ryerson University.