Neyaashiinigmiing Emergency Shut Down for 48 Hours

The Grey Bruce Health Unit has declared that the county has reached a critical threshold of COVID-19 cases, with more than 70 new cases in the past 36 hours. The GBHU is greatly concerned that if drastic measures are not taken by all Grey Bruce residents, the pandemic may spiral out of control locally. The main causes of new infections are people failing to follow lockdown protocols, social gatherings, and youth “bush parties”. Some individuals are also not being honest with the GBHU with respect to contact tracing and case management inquiries.

The GBHU is reallocating staff to complete the huge number of contact traces now required and hopes to have it completed in 2-3 days. In the meantime, the GBHU asks that everyone consider themselves a carrier for the next 48 hours and remain at home except for essential travel. Follow any directions given by public health, as well as the Provincial Stay-At-Home order.

In light of this growing crisis, the Council has made the difficult decision to close all Band Programs, including Kikendaasogamig Elementary and Nshiime Daycare, for Thursday April 15th, 2021 & Friday April 16th, 2021. The Food Bank will remain open. The vaccination clinic scheduled for Saturday, April 17, will continue as planned, for now. We will advise the membership if Public Health decides to cancel the vaccination clinic.

Our success so far in avoiding an outbreak in the community is the direct result of our diligence,  strength, and cooperation. This closure is a difficult step for all us but we are confident that we will get through this together. Please stay home, unless absolutely necessary and strictly observe pandemic protocols:

  • Wear a mask outside your home.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Watch your distance and remain at least 2 meters from people you don’t live with.

The Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit

The Ontario  Child Benefit provides financial support to families with young learners to help with additional costs during the  pandemic.

Starting on April 26, the provincial government will begin issuing payments of:

  • $400 for each child or youth up to Grade 12
  • $500 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs

If you received a payment through the Support for Learners program, you do not need to apply for this additional payment.

If you missed applying for the Support for Learners program, you will have the opportunity to apply. Applications will open from May 3, 2021 to May 17, 2021.

This new round of payment through the Ontario  Child Benefit is in addition to payments provided by Support for Families and the Support for Learners programs.

Learn more about the COVID-19 Child Benefit here.

Roads and Sanitation Update

Roads Update

Occasional poor road conditions in Neyaashiinigmiing are the result of many factors: leaking water lines, age-damaged culverts, frost, flow-restricted ditches and lack of fresh tar and chip over the years.  In the coming days, weeks and months, the Roads Department will be filling the potholes that are able to be filled. Some sections of asphalt road surface will be cut out and graveled as these sections will not be paved/tar and chipped until the new water line project is complete. The Roads Department will also be excavating some ditches to remove organic build-up that is obstructing the flow of water, which will reduce the amount of water migrating under nearby road surfaces. Culverts that require replacing will also be replaced.

Please be aware this will be an ongoing task. The Roads Department asks that you remain careful and diligent when driving in the community, as the roads workers will be ever-present.  Should you notice an area in need of urgent attention/maintenance, please kindly call the Roads Department at (519) 534-1036, or email publicworks@nawash.ca.

Thank you kindly,

Jeff Leonard, Acting Roads Supervisor

Sanitation Update

Since the community switched to bi-weekly Blue Box pick-up, we have noticed a substantial change in the volume of recyclables.

When we were collecting weekly, our average recycled waste was approximately 500 pounds per week. Now that we are collecting bi-weekly, our average has increased to approximately 2000 pounds bi-weekly. This has been an increase of about 1000 pounds diverted from landfill every 2 weeks! Great work!

In the coming weeks, the Sanitation Department will be dropping off a new Blue Box to every household, along with some extra recycling information.

Chi-miigwech to all Neyaashiinigmiing Residents for your commitment to the recycling program!

Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Sanitation Department

Stay-at-home Order Announced for the Entire Province

As has been expected for days, the Ontario government announced on April 7, 2021 that the province would enter a period of lockdown beginning April 8, in response to an alarming spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. The move by the province comes on the heels of what officials had called an “emergency brake”, also aimed at stopping the rise in cases.

The new stay-at-home order is a more concerted attempt to prevent the virus from running out of control before widespread vaccinations have a chance to dampen the spread. The shutdown is expected to last a minimum of 4 weeks.

In Neyaashiinigmiing, the CNUFN Council had already imposed a lockdown in concert with the emergency brake, following the guidelines for a Grey Zone in the province’s Emergency Response Framework. As that is the highest level of prevention and preparedness, additional measures will not be imposed in the community of Neyaashiinigmiing at this time.

Band Offices and Programs are expected to remain open until further notice. In-person staff levels may be impacted, depending on the office, as well the number of in-person services available to the public during the lockdown. Before visiting an office, please call ahead to confirm that the office is open and the specific service you’re seeking is available.

We want to assure all residents and members that our community remains safe and healthy. We know that another lockdown is frustrating and unwelcome, but each day and every vaccination brings us a step closer to the end of the pandemic and recovery from the profound impact this health crisis has had on our community.

If you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 yet, please call the Nawash Health Centre at 519-534-0373 to schedule your potentially life-saving shot. Whether you have been vaccinated or not, keep the people around you safe and continue to follow pandemic safety protocols.

  • Wear a mask outside your home.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Watch your distance and remain at least 2 meters from people you don’t live with.

We are immensely grateful for the patience, strength and support of all our community members. Stay healthy, stay strong! Miigwech!

Employment Opportunity – Executive Assistant, Board of Education

The Chippewas of Nawash Board of Education is looking for a talented and energetic person to join their team as an Executive Assistant. Under the direction of the Board of Education Administrator, the Executive Assistant provides high-level, confidential, administrative and financial services support to the Board of Education. Some of the primary activities in this role include assisting with the effective management of the Board office; working on Board initiatives and directives; onboarding new staff; report and proposal preparation; and accounts payable and financial support duties.

Learn more about this opportunity, on others, on the Employment page.

Province of Ontario to Impose an Emergency Brake Period

In response to an alarming rise in the number of cases of COVID-19 in the province, the Ontario government is imposing an emergency brake, as of April 3, 2021. This shutdown, while not called a “lockdown”, will still follow the Grey Zone lockdown guidelines set out in the provincial colour-coded COVID-19 response framework.

To stay in sync with the Provincial direction, the Council of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation has decided to move Neyaashiinigmiing into lockdown as of April 3, 2021, as well. Band programs and offices will remain open with strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols. While in lockdown, the use of public indoor fitness facilities is prohibited. During the emergency brake period, provincial regulations with respect to pandemic restrictions are in effect, and enforceable on the reserve. You can review a summary of how the lockdown may impact businesses and individuals in Neyaashiinigmiing here.

The pandemic is not over, but Neyaashiinigmiing has been and remains a safe and healthy community, thanks to the patience, wisdom, and strength of our residents. We know that yet another lockdown is difficult for all of us, but we will survive this one, and as many more as necessary until the pandemic is behind us.

Our best course of action now is to be strong, support each other, and get vaccinated as soon as we can. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and our only path out of the pandemic. A majority of adults 16+ in Neyaashiinigmiing have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with each shot making us a little safer, and bringing us one step closer to normalcy. If you haven’t received your COVID-19 vaccination, make an appointment today.

Remember: always keep the people around you safe. Continue to follow pandemic safety protocols.

  • Wear a mask outside your home.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Watch your distance and remain at least 2 meters from people you don’t live with.

Weekend COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for SON Members and FN Persons

To serve members who have not been able to reach one of our weekday vaccination clinics, our incredible health staff will be holding another weekend vaccination clinic on Saturday, April 17, at the Kikendaasogamig Elementary School in Neyaashiinigmiing. Organized by the Nawash Health Centre, in collaboration with the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit, the clinic is open to any First Nations person in the Grey Bruce area, their spouses, and children 16 years and older.

The clinic will be by appointment ONLY. Drop-ins will not be allowed.

This is primarily a second dose clinic, but we will have a limited number of first doses for persons who have not yet received any COVID-19 vaccination. If you have already received a first dose, Nawash Health Centre staff will contact you to schedule your second shot.

Please call the Nawash Health Centre at 519-534-0373 to make an appointment for your first dose. You will need the Health Card numbers of everybody in your family who will be vaccinated. You can also conveniently register online at: https://www.nawash.ca/covid-19-vaccination-registration/

Priority Group: All members of Chippewas of Nawash, Saugeen First Nation or other First Nations persons in the Grey Bruce area, 16 years or older
Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Kikendaasogamig Elementary School, Neyaashiinigmiing
Register: 519-534-0373, or online

We have been incredibly fortunate with our access to the life-saving vaccines. To speed our recovery from the pandemic, and guarantee the safety of our membership, our goal is to vaccinate every eligible member and their households. Do your part to protect our relations by scheduling your vaccination today!

Not sure if the vaccine is right for you? The Nawash Health Centre is standing by to answer any of your vaccination questions.

There are still many unvaccinated people in our communities. Whether you have been vaccinated or not, keep the people around you safe and continue to follow pandemic safety protocols.

  • Wear a mask outside your home.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Watch your distance and remain at least 2 meters from people you don’t live with.