The Kingston Indigenous Medical Aid Initiative, spearheaded by Amanda Stolk and Michael Amesse, and assisted by the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kington, hosted a medical supply drive on Aug. 19 in support of the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority.
The Weeneebayko region in northern Ontario is home to six Indigenous communities -- Attawapiskat, Fort Albany, Moosefactory, Peawanuck, Kasechewan and Mooseonee -- whose patients are routinely flown to Kingston for medical care. Because they are not close to larger cities, members of these communities can end up waiting for weeks to receive medical supplies that are readily available to patients in southern Ontario.