Applications for Fish Harvesters’ Grant and Benefit Opening Soon

The Federal government has announced that the Fish Harvester Benefit and Fish Harvester Grant will open to applications on August 24, 2020. The program will help Canada’s hardworking fish harvesters get the financial support they need right now, and ensure the industry is prepared for the economic recovery to come.

All harvesters wishing to apply should visit the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website to determine if they are eligible and find out what documentation is required to complete the application process.

Community Asked to Conserve Water During Tower Cleaning

The Neyaashiinigmiing water tower will be shut down for cleaning and water upgrades during the week of Sunday, August 9 until Sunday, August 16, 2020. During this maintenance period, Neyaashiinigmiing residents are asked to conserve water as much as possible. For example, do not water your lawn, wash your vehicle, or water your garden any more than necessary.

Due to the nature of the work being conducted, there is a chance that water service may be temporarily interrupted during the maintenance period. We will strive to keep the community informed of any changes to the water service.

Also, residents are reminded to continue boiling their water. Bring water to a rolling boil for 1 minute before using.

Any questions may be directed to the Water Treatment Plant staff, at 519-534-4599.

Nawash Fishermen Wanted

The Fisheries Department is looking for interested Nawash Fishermen to fill contracts for vacuum-packed fish fillets.

Interested operators are asked to contact Ryan Lauzon at the Fisheries Department for more information. Telephone 519-375-1012, or email nawash.fisheries@gmail.com.

Video Statement from Chief Nadjiwon

Chief Greg Nadjiwon has prepared a video statement for the membership, to discuss the ongoing State of Emergency, the careful steps we’re taking to partly re-open Neyaashiinigmiing, and the challenge we face as a community in dealing with drug and other substance abuse.

Chippewas of Nawash Welcomes New Matrimonial Real Property Coordinator

Chippewas of Nawash welcomes  Nuala (pronounced as “new-la”) Robinson as the new Matrimonial Real Property (MRP) Coordinator.  Ms. Robinson is a longtime Grey-Bruce resident who brings a wealth of cross-discipline experience as an executive assistant to the role, in the fields of mental health and addictions, law, accounting and commercial development. She lists as just some of her passions raising her son, reading (particularly sci-fi and fantasy),  crochet, motorcycles, and music.  Despite Ms. Robinson’s many pastimes, she still finds time to volunteer with the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society, and to serve on the Boards of the Victorian Order of Nurses in Grey-Bruce and the Sauble Family Health Team. Her positive outlook and cheerful work ethic is truly inspirational. Ms. Robinson will be an asset to our community and we are excited to have her as part of our team.

State of Emergency for Neyaashiinigmiing Extended

After reviewing available data and discussing present circumstances with Dr. Arra, the Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health, the Council has accepted the recommendation of the Community Emergency Response Group to extend the State of Emergency for Neyaashiinigmiing until September 1, 2020.  We are gradually moving toward a full re-opening of the community, but we will only do so in alignment with the Council’s strategy of phased re-opening with significant monitoring of the effect of each phase on the health of the community.

Recent steps to begin the re-opening started with seasonal campers and registered leaseholders because these smaller, well-defined groups can be easily monitored for compliance with safety protocols. It would be irresponsible at this point in the pandemic to open up the community widely, with no practical way to assess if the large number of visitors we might expect are behaving in a safe manner. The Council will not risk the health of Neyaashiinigmiing residents by removing the monitors or access restrictions in haste, or without clear medical and operational guidance that it can be done safely.

The State of Emergency allows the Council to take the extraordinary actions required to manage our interests in the unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council will reassess the need for the State of Emergency again in the week before the current expiry date of September 1, 2020. We are grateful for your continued patience and support and look forward to returning the community to some normalcy in the days to come.