Working to ensure the safety of Indigenous families across the district
THUNDER BAY, ON – Dilico Anishinabek Family Care (Dilico) is pleased to share that 10,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been given by Dilico Nurses. The agency has been working tirelessly since January to plan and prepare First Nation Communities to receive vaccinations. “I am really proud of the hard work our Health department has done in supporting First Nation Communities. We have an outstanding team of accredited professionals that have provided thorough advocacy, ensured clinic logistics run smoothly, and directly provided the vaccinations.” says Darcia Borg, Executive Director.
We are happy to share that all First Nations in Dilico’s Jurisdiction have received first doses of the vaccine and we continue to coordinate with a number of First Nations and two Health units to see as many of the Indigenous population immunized as possible. “I am very honoured to be part of the strength, resilience and unity that is making an impact in reducing the number of positive cases in our district. Team work has made all the difference, without their effort we couldn’t have done any of this.” – Natalie Paavola, Director of Health Services. All managers within the Health Department were assigned a First Nation to closely work with on the vaccination roll out.
Dilico has also partnered with Ontario Native Women’s Association in delivering vaccines to the Urban Indigenous population. Our Dilico Nurses are on-site for every clinic administering vaccine doses. Chief Theresa Nelson of Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek was recently immunized at the urban Indigenous clinic and shared “The urban Indigenous vaccine clinic was been done very well; I can see that a lot of consideration and coordination has gone into the clinic to ensure the best experience for people coming to be immunized. This clinic has assisted many members of Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek to become vaccinated, as our population is spread out and many reside in the Thunder Bay area.” Chief Nelson also goes on to say, “As the Vice President of the Board of Directors at Dilico, I applaud all of the work the staff have done to reach the incredible milestone of 10,000 vaccines. Dilico is doing a really great job”