Enbridge Gas Donates $20K to Nawash Food Bank

Enbridge Gas has donated $20 000 to the Nawash Food Bank. Matt Jackson, Enbridge’s Manager of Community and Indigenous Relations, presented the donation to Cheryl Jones, Food Bank Coordinator, and Chief Greg Nadjiwon at the Nawash Community Centre on Monday, February 22nd. A matching donation was also made to the Saugeen First Nation Food Bank.

The donation celebrates the completion of an Enbridge project to reinforce natural gas lines in the traditional territory of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation. Enbridge expressed their gratitude for the professional, respectful and productive consultations they held with the Saugeen Ojibway Nation Environment Office, and are pleased to be able to contribute to each community’s efforts to improve food security.

Watch the recorded presentation on our YouTube channel.

Membership Office Open for Status Card Applications

The lockdown in Neyaashiinigmiing has been lifted by direction of the Council. The membership department will now resume processing of regular status cards.

Status cards will be issued from Monday-Thursday (9am-4pm), by appointment ONLY. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment.

At your appointment, you will be asked to come into the band administration lobby briefly to have your picture taken and to fill out the required application forms.

You are then asked to wait in your vehicles while the card is processed. The completed card will be brought out to you.

The Membership Department is happy to serve all other enquiries (i.e: registrations, births, deaths, marriages, name changes etc.) by phone at 519-534-1689, or by email to iris.ashkewe@nawash.ca

These physical distancing measures are in place to prevent crowding in the band administration office and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Thank you for your understanding at this time.

Please Schedule Your COVID-19 Vaccination

Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, assisted by the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit, will be holding a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Kikendaasogamig Elementary School this Wednesday. This will be the first of several large clinics we are planning in the weeks ahead. We are extremely fortunate to be receiving enough vaccine to inoculate the entire community in a relatively short span of time.

Vaccinations are being given according to priorities set by the federal and provincial health ministries. COVID-19 is highly contagious and requires significant care for those that become seriously ill. The virus threatens to overwhelm regional health care providers if it spreads too quickly. The goal of the vaccination priority order is to reduce the spread of the virus and protect the health system so that we can care for those that do get ill.

At this time, the Nawash Health Centre is pleased to invite Neyaashiinigmiing residents, who are 50 years of age or older, to make an appointment to receive their first dose of the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine. To schedule your vaccination, please call the Health Centre during business hours at: 519-534-0373.

For your families, neighbours, and community, schedule your vaccination as soon as possible. Call today!

Clinic Details

Priority Group: 50+ years old
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Kikendaasogamig Elementary School gymnasium

Economic Development Community Meeting Recording Online

The Economic Development Community Meeting held February 17, 2021 was well attended by Chippewas of Nawash members. The presentation by the Economic Development committee members was interspersed by question and answer sessions with many great questions from attendees.

The full recording of the community meeting is available on our YouTube channel.

Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

We are pleased to announce that two more COVID-19 vaccination clinics have been scheduled for Wednesday, February 24th and Wednesday, March 3rd, 9:30 AM -2:30 PM.

The clinics will be held in the Kikendaasogamig Elementary School gymnasium. Our own Nawash Health Centre staff will be administering the vaccine and managing the clinic with the assistance of a nursing team from the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit. Each clinic will provide the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to 150 residents. The first dose is followed up with a second “booster” shot 4 to 6 weeks later to gain the full level of immunity offered by the vaccine.

In order to distribute the limited vaccine supply most effectively, vaccinations will be administered by appointment ONLY. The Nawash Health Centre will be calling community residents to make vaccination appointments, starting with the oldest age groups first, then working down through younger age groups. Younger adults may necessarily have to wait through one or more clinics before they receive their first shot, as priority will be given to older and more vulnerable residents.

If you are a Neyaashiinigmiing resident, born before 1960, and haven’t received a phone call from the Nawash Health Centre by Monday, February 22, we may not have your contact information. Please call the Health Centre immediately at: 519-534-0373.

Residents will be pre-screened at the vaccination clinic when they arrive for their appointments, to ensure that the the COVID-19 vaccine is right for each person. Residents will be asked to provide their health card number. If you have any questions about vaccination, you can call the Nawash Health Centre and speak to one of our health staff, or bring your questions to your vaccination appointment to have them answered in person.

The COVID-19 vaccines have been tested and administered around the world. They have been proven to be safe, reliable and effective. Note that with multi-dose vaccines, receiving the first dose does not mean that you have full immunity. Immunity takes weeks to build up after receiving your first dose, and the full effectiveness of the vaccine is not realized until several weeks after receiving your second dose.

For the safety of everyone around you, and for your own health, continue to follow COVID-19 safety protocols even after being vaccinated:

  • Wear a mask covering your face and nose outside your home.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Stay at least 2 meters away from people you don’t live with.

These clinics will provide the first vaccine dose to 300 adults in the community. We will announce the dates of the second dose clinics for vaccinated residents in the weeks ahead.

Employment Opportunity – Senior Administrative Officer

The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation is seeking a Senior Administrative Officer (SAO). The SAO ensures the effective, efficient and responsible operations of the Administration of the Council of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation (CNUFN). In addition, the incumbent ensures the operations are consistent with the vision, mission, and management philosophy of the Administrative programs, services, projects, budgets, standards and organizational and program policies established by the CNUFN Council.

Learn more about this role and others on the Employment page.

Video: Chief Nadjiwon Speaks with Dr. Ian Arra

Chief Greg Nadjiwon and Dr. Ian Arra speak in this video recorded at the second COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Neyaashiinigmiing. The Chief and Dr. Arra discuss the success of our COVID-19 mitigations and upcoming steps in our vaccination plan.

The return to normalcy for the community begins with the safe, proven effective COVID-19 vaccine. If you have an pre-existing health condition, please check with your health care provider or the Nawash Health Centre about whether the vaccine is right for you. We urge every adult 18 years and older, who is recommended to receive the vaccine, to be vaccinated at one of our upcoming clinics.

We will be announcing the dates and locations for our next clinics in the days ahead.