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Committee Members:

  • Doris Thomas
  • Irene Clarke
  • Linda Tucker
  • Janice Barling
  • Pat Cauldwell
  • Monica Ishihara
  • Susan Leslie
  • Susan Lew

Introducing ourselves:

Co-founder, Doris Thomas has made countless trips to Moose Factory and area to establish friendships.  She and her sister Irene are the initiators for all Friends of the North Misiway programs serving Moose Factory.

Annual Food Bag Drive 2018 – October and November

We are now accepting food bags for needy families in the north.  Details are included in the flyer below; please give us a call if you have any questions and feel free to invite friends or neighbours to get involved.   Shipment of your donations will be sent from Kingston during October, November and early December.  Any bulk foods donated will be sent to school ‘healthy food’ programs.  Thank you for sharing your abundance.

Book Donations Delivered

Thank you everyone for your donations of the book fatty legs; the personal account of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton and her experience at a residential school.  Thank you for reading, sharing and learning about the twists and turns of Margaret’s history.

Books were delivered, in August, to the past Principal of Moose Factory Ministik School.  The books were on the School’s wish list and we are thrilled that with your help, enabled this wish to come true.  The books will be studied this fall and kept in the school’s library for grade 6-8 class study.

A few books were also left in Moosonee for local families to share.

Locally, a number of books have been kept by teachers, here in Kingston, for student study.  Copies of fatty legs is available, locally at Indigo.

Opening of Misiway Sharing Centre, Moosonee – April 2018

Thanks to the support of the Kingston community and afar, shipments of clothing and personal supplies continue to be sent to friends in the north.

This includes communities of Moose Factory, Moosonee, and moving north to Kashechewan and Attawapiskat.  A modestly priced clothing store was set up in the spring of 2018 to create a sustainable centre for the people in and around the Moosonee area..  Better quality items are sold and the centre provides part-time employment and training.  We do, however, continue to send most clothing and supplies to benefit needy individuals and families.

First a location was found and racks for the clothing purchased here in Kingston (from Sears when the Sears store closed).  A van was rented, filled to the brim with inventory and furnishings, then driven (by road and by train) to Moosonee for the initial set-up and grand opening.  A special note of appreciation to Ronnie for her care and capable operation of the Misiway Sharing Centre during the summer months.

Arriving by train from Cockrane to Moosonee Ontario.
By train from Cockrane to Moosonee – a 5 hour trip.
Moosonee is located about 7 km ‘inland’ from James Bay. Moose Factory is an island just a 10 minute boat ride away; water taxi and barge to are available in summer months by water and by ice road in winter moths.
Misiway Sharing Centre is located one block away from the main street in Moosonee and one block from the water taxi area serving Moose Factory.
Modest signage, but warm welcoming to all ages.  Open three days per week. Staffed for the local communities by local residents.
Welcoming Nook is supplied with complimentary books and personal items.
Quiet reading in welcome nook.
Linens such as warm blankets, sheets and towels – even soap have their place.
Dress up clothes (men’s shirts/pants) for special occasions and supplies such as wool to create unique personal items.
Hats for school and the great outdoors.
Sunglasses to dim bright glare of pristine winter snow.
Nearly new toys and baby needs can be pricey and limited in supply in the north. Thank you for sharing what you may have in abundance.


The purchase of good quality winter items and some sizes can be a challenge in the north. All sizes, in addition to XL, XXL, XXXL items are appreciated.

Backpacks and warm boots for school age children are always needed. Both Moosonee and Moose Factory have schools.


Moose Factory Water Taxi Dock.