Keewaywin FN family facing Christmas season at Winnipeg hospital

Joe Meekis, former chief and councillor of Keewaywin First Nation, made a passionate appeal for support to help his family through the ongoing crisis facing his son-in-law, Cameron Harper. Joe's presentation was made during the Keewaytinook Okimakanak board of directors' meeting in Winnipeg on Tuesday, Dec 13 with Grand Chief Phil Fontaine in attendance. Afterwards, Chief Raymond Mason passed his hat around and everyone contributed what they could to support Joe and his family during this crisis.

Cameron has been in hospital in Winnipeg for some time. He was the school bus driver in Keewaywin until he was diagnosed with tuberculosis this fall. His treatment for TB has now created further complications with several of his organs failing. His family is trying to support him in Winnipeg but the financial burden and the stress on everyone is creating many challenges for the family. It now looks like everyone has to now spend the Christmas season in Winnipeg and at the hospital.

The community of Keewaywin has rallied about Cameron and his family, raising money and doing all they can to support everyone involved in this crisis. If anyone is able to offer any assistance to Cameron Harper and his extended family, please contact Chief Raymond Mason or his staff at the Keewaywin First Nation band office at 807-771-1210 or