Holiday Closures: Reminders, Emergency Contacts, Announcements for Chippewas of Nawash Community

Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nations offices will be closed for the holidays starting December 18th and re-opening on January 4th, 2022
Please check our website ( or our main Facebook page ( during the holiday closure for any urgent updates regarding COVID-19 for our community.
COVID-19 Information:
COVID-19 Symptoms:
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Most patients experience mild symptoms, and recover without treatment. More information on symptoms is available here.
COVID-19 Questions? Please call:
TeleHealth: 1-866-797-0000
Grey Bruce Public Health Unit: 519-376-9420
GBHS COVID-19 Phone Line: 1-519-378-1466 (Monday to Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

COVID-19 Resources:
COVID-19 Self-Assessment – Province of Ontario
How to Self-Monitor – Public Health Ontario
How to Self-Isolate – Public Health Ontario
Information in other languages – Public Health Ontario
Missing Work Due to COVID-19 – Benefit Programs – Government of Canada


Emergency Contact Number for Housing Rentals:

During the holidays, in case of emergency, Housing Manager Paul Lavalley, can be reached at 519-373-7855. This is for Chippewas of Nawash housing department band rentals, rent to own  and seniors apartment complex only.


Chippewas of Nawash Health Centre Reminder:

Chippewas Of Nawash Health Centre
Holiday Newsletter 2021

Dear Community Members:

Please be advised that the Health Centre will be closed for Christmas Holidays starting Friday December 17, 2021 at 4:30pm and will reopen for regular business hours Tuesday, January 4,2022 at 8:30 am.

Please Note the Following:

The final prescription pick up, prior to the holidays will be on December 16, 2021, please call in prior to noon on Thursday to be included. Any prescription not picked or arranged for delivery by Friday December 17, 2021 will be returned to the pharmacy by 4:30 pm.

Prescription pick up: There will be NO prescription pick up during this time. Regular prescription pick up will resume on January 4, 2021. If you require medication please call your pharmacy ahead of time to ensure they are open for business. They may be on a reduced holiday schedule.

Medical Transportation: As per policy all medical trip, local and long distance should have been booked ahead of time prior to the holiday closure. Green sheets maybe used and completed during the holidays, and reimbursed once we re-open. Medical Transportation-519-375-0288. 

Home and Community Care: Home and Community Care Clients have received a letter regarding their PSW/HSW service schedules over the holidays.

For Medical Emergencies Please Call 911 for Rapid Mental Health Assistance please call 1-866-531-2600.

Phone Numbers:
Bayside Pharmacy: 519-534-5090
McKenzies Pharmacy:519-534-0230
SOAHAC Office: 519-376-5508
Wiarton Hospital: 519-534-1260
Owen Sound Hospital: 519-376-2121
Lions Head Hospital: 519-793-3424
Kids help Line: 1-800-668-6868
Victim Services: 1-866-376-9852
Information Regarding Covid-19, please contact: 519-376-9420, Ext.3000

Please review the Public Health Unit Website for more services and holiday operation hours.

Community Health Nurse Cell:     519-378-6028

On behalf of the Health Centre Staff at the Chippewas Of Nawash health Centre:
We wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Solstice, and a Happy New year!


Community Reminder:

It is advised that potential purchasers of Certificate of Possession lands practice due diligence and call the Lands Department before the sale is transacted to confirm the status of the land.
The Lands Department can be reached at 519-534-1689  or


Important Numbers During Holiday Closures:
(In case of emergency please dial 911)

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line
24/7 anonymous helpline serves Indigenous People looking for immediate emotional and mental support.
Telephone: 1-855-242-3310

Grey Bruce Mental Health Crisis Line
24/7 mental healthy telephone helpline serves people in Grey and Bruce counties who are in distress or immediate crisis.
Telephone: 1-877-470-5200

Kids Help Line
24/7 phone line for children and youth under 18 years. Any issue, challenge or struggle can be discussed anonymously.
Telephone: 1-800-668-6868

Victim Services of Grey Bruce
24/7 crisis calls and crisis response team managed by trained volunteers for people in active distress or crisis.
Telephone: 1-866-376-9852

Sexual Assault Crisis Line
24/7 mental health support service for victims of sexual assault. Located at the Owen Sound Hospital.
Telephone: 519-376-2121 ext. 2458

Crisis Service Canada
24/7 suicide prevention service, direct counselling provided.
Telephone: 1-833-456-4566 | Text  45645


Important Reminder:
Funeral Services at Chippewas of Nawash
This is an urgent reminder to our community that we are still fully immersed in the global pandemic and Chippewas of Nawash remains in a Community State of Emergency until February 2022. COVID-19 safety protocols must be followed at all times, including funeral services.
Reminder of the COVID-19 Safety Protocols:

  • Every Community Building has posted a COVID-19 Self-Assessment Checklist at all entrances. Anyone entering these buildings must pass a self-assessment prior to entering, even for funerals.
  • Gathering limitations remain capped at 20 individuals indoors and 75 outdoors at Nawash, without exceptions.
  • Ensure physical distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) at all times.
  • Wear a face mask or face covering indoors in public places.

By not adhering to these protocols listed above will jeopardize the arrangements for onsite funeral services at Nawash. It may result in all future funeral services being cancelled. Not following these protocols also puts funeral service providers at risk of losing their licenses. If that occurs, we risk losing this service in the Nawash Community.
These services are taking place in our Seniors’ Building. Although all age groups are at risk of contracting COVID-19, older individuals are more vulnerable to COVID and face significant risk of developing severe illness. We need to keep our seniors and community safe.

Continue to follow COVID-19 Preventative Measures:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay at home if you are sick or unwell.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch objects and surfaces frequently
  • Choose to wave or give an ‘elbow bump’ instead of hugs, kisses and handshakes

We thank you for understanding and for being more diligent in the future.

With kindest regards,

Chief & Counsel of Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nations

Greetings & Happy Holidays
Christmas is normally a time of joy and family gatherings which unfortunately will be hampered again this season by Covid 19.   Please know that the Council and Administration have been working hard with plans to keep our community safe during the holiday shut-down.

I’d like to say a few words as this will be our last newsletter for 2021!   What a whirlwind time for the new Council and we’ve been very busy with many, many issues that we will be providing you with up-dates on in the new year as we finally filled our Communications Manager position on December 6th.  We welcome Nahleena Tye who comes with a wealth of experience!

After giving Nahleena time to get familiar with our Administration and policies, and meeting people, I was able to meet with her to discuss how we would begin delivering news to the community on a regular and consistent basis using various modes of communication on our Nawash Website, the Office Nawash Facebook site, and Linked-in.   We discussed written material, videos and live-feeds so that we can have two way communication and be able to answer your questions.  Please have patience as we work through semantics and content, so that we can provide you with enough information which will enable you to help the Council make critical decisions, especially in the area of spending and investments.

In the new year, we will start with a series of up-dates that will cover many matters that the Council has been busy working on, and I’ll just name a few right now:   the Fibre Optic line, McIver Property up-date, new Administration Office up-date, Fisheries, Land Use Plan, Matrimonial Real Property, Policing & Fire Dept, Habitat and Tiny Homes Housing.  These are just a few Nawash specific business matters, and we also have the Joint Council business regarding the Land Claim and Lakebed appeals which will be delivered in a separate and special edition.

I’d like to remind the membership from time to time, we do have to close meetings for specific private matters:  Legal issues, NCW/CAS Child Welfare matters, Dealing with Undesirables, Personal financial or medical matters, and issues relating to minors.

The sitting Council has been diligent in keeping issues moving along at an even pace and working together very well!  I am proud of our collective efforts and the experience we all have at the table!  I’d also like to say that we are in challenging times, but together with our newly structured Administration, our SAO (Senior Administrative Office) Michael Earl, and our Manager of Operations, Pam Linklater, and the whole Team of staff – we will keep working hard on your behalf.

“Chi-Miigwetch” to our Food Bank and all the volunteers who donated and to those who helped get the hampers together and delivered.  Please have a safe and happy holiday and don’t forget that there will be a New Year’s Eve Community Fire sponsored by our “I Love You No Matter What” community caregivers!

Gimaa Kwe Veronica Smith


On behalf of the Board and Nshiime Child & Family Centre:


The Matrimonial Real Propertly Law Committe:

The Matrimonial Real Property Law committee has been hard at work over the last while to analyse the survey results and start work on the law.  In the course of reviewing responses to the surveys several additional questions came up that resulted in the creation of a supplemental survey.  The purpose is to dig a little deeper into some of the issues raised in the original surveys.

All four original surveys are available on the MRP page of the Nawash website in electronic/online format, or for download to your device for printing.  The supplemental survey is also available on the same page.  At this time, we ask that you take a few moments to fill out the supplemental survey – it’s quite short.  If you have not yet filled out the original four surveys, you are invited to spend a few minutes doing that as well.  All surveys can be obtained in paper format by contacting Nuala Robinson, MRP Coordinator, at the band office (519-534-1689).  Nuala is also available to answer any questions you may have, or to set up a time to make a personal presentation on MRP to you and your family or workgroup.

The committee wishes to thank everyone who has already found the new survey and filled it out.  We are confident that with your help we will be able to create a law that truly reflects the values and traditions of the Chippewas of Nawash.  Our website address is and the link for the surveys is on the right side of the page under the title “Documents”.  Remember:  We can’t do it without you!

Have a very Merry Christmas and all the best for a very Happy New Year!





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