Community Meeting: Economic Development

The interim board of our new economic development corporation Nawash Investments will be hosting a community meeting on February 17, 2021. The board will be discussing the future of the new company, and potential economic development opportunities that may be explored. We are interested in hearing the ideas of the membership. The presentation will be followed by what we anticipate to be a lively Q&A session and conversation with members.

Registration is required to join the Q&A for this ONLINE event. The event will be streamed live on our YouTube channel. The recording will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel after the event.

Event: Economic Development Community Meeting

Date: February 17, 2021

Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Registration: Register online

Community Meeting: Cannabis Control Law

The Cannabis Committee is hosting an important ONLINE community meeting on Wednesday, February 10, starting at 6:30 PM. The panelists will include committee members Chief Nadjiwon, Councilors and our legal advisor. The panel will explain the new Cannabis Control Law in detail and how it will be implemented in Neyaashiinigmiing. There will be a question and answer period with members following the presentation. This is an opportunity for members to learn how we are fairly and responsibly managing the cannabis industry in our home community.

Registration is required to attend this virtual event and ask questions. The event will also be streamed live on our YouTube channel for those who prefer to observe. The event will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel for on-demand viewing after the live presentation.

Event: Cannabis Control Law Community  Meeting

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Registration: Register online

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Community-Wide Vaccination Coming to Neyaashiinigmiing

We have been advised by Grey Bruce Public Health that approximately 7000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Pfizer will be delivered to Grey Bruce in the second half of February. Two doses of the Pfizer vaccine are required for full immunity, several weeks apart. These large vaccine shipments will be used to give the initial vaccination to residents and caregivers in long-term care homes, hospital staff, retirement homes and staff, and to vaccinate all residents of Neyaashiinigmiing and Saugeen First Nation.

Indigenous communities have been identified as high-priority communities for vaccinations by all levels of government. We know that everyone wants the potentially life-saving vaccination. With the planned shipments of the Pfizer vaccine to Grey Bruce, we are hopeful that we can have the great majority of the community vaccinated in the coming weeks.

Our next COVID-19 vaccination clinic is tentatively scheduled for February 11, 2021. This date is based on the best available information, but it may change before the day. We will update the public as soon as we receive more or different advice. If you live in Neyaashiinigmiing, the Health Centre will invite you to receive the vaccine when it is your turn. We will advise Neyaashiinigmiing residents if an open vaccination clinic for all residents is planned.

While we wait for a vaccination, and even after we are vaccinated, until full immunity is realized, we must be patient and stay safe. All residents must continue to follow the COVID-19 safety protocols:

  • Wear a mask outside your home and keep it on.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Stay at least 2 meters from people that you don’t live with.

Employment Experience and Ontario Works Seeking Expressions of Interest in Employment Subsidies

We have exciting news for Neyaashiinigmiing employers. Employment Experience, in partnership with Ontario Works, is seeking expressions of interest from employers in employee wage subsidies for on the job training. Wage subsidies could help your business grow, train new employees in your sector, and put people back to work! Note that this program is still in the proposal stage and funding is not guaranteed.

Eligibility Requirements

Qualifying Employers must be a Band Program, Private Business or an organization in Neyaashiinigmiing.

The subsidized position cannot be used to replace or displace an existing paid position in the Employer’s organization, but may provide, for a fixed-period, appointments as an interim employee, trainee, assistant, term hire, intern or similar role.

The position must be full-time employment (minimum 30 hours per week) for a 3, 6, or 12 months contract.

The position must have similar working conditions and performance expectations as other employees, in compliance with employment standards and health and safety requirements. The Participant should be treated as a regular employee.

Under this program, the Employer pays wages to the Participant trainee at minimum wage or higher, in addition to making contributions for Workers Safety and Insurance Board, Employment Insurance, and Canada Pension Plan as may be applicable. The Employer is assisted by receiving funds from Employment Experience, in the amount of the Participant’s Ontario Works benefits.

Participants may need training in order to qualify for employment, which will be supported by Ontario Works and the employer.

How to Apply

Employers need to create a job description for the position they are interested in providing, and submit it to Amy Ingram (Nadjiwon-Tobey) at Nawash Social Services. Social Services will bundle all job descriptions in a funding proposal to Ontario Works for consideration.

Funding is limited and not all applications will be approved. While all job descriptions will be submitted, ISC will make the final decisions on what positions will be approved for wage subsidies. Social Services will advise Employers of the approval status of their applications.

The deadline for applications is February 28, 2021.

If you have any questions about this program, or would like to apply as an Employer, please contact Amy Ingram (Nadjiwon-Tobey) at Social Services.

Email: sssupervisor@nawashfn.ca

Telephone: 519-534-3753

Employment Opportunity – Senior Gate Attendant

Cape Croker Park is seeking a Senior Gate Attendant. Reporting to the Park Manager, the Senior Gate Attendant is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Park Registration Office. This role assists with the financial management of the Park, directing the delivery of services, and supervising the gate attendant positions.  The Senior Gate Attendant ensures that Park clientele are treated in a courteous and friendly manner at all times.

Visit the Employment page for more information about this and other opportunities.

Chippewas of Nawash Continues Second HelloFresh Meal Program

This is a reminder to all members that the HelloFresh food support program is still open. If you haven’t taken advantage of this great benefit, apply today!

The COVID-19 pandemic has lasted longer than most of us expected and the Council understands that the crisis has increased the stress on all households. Whether members are struggling due to lack of employment, worry about the health risks of simply shopping for groceries, or have mobility limitations that are made more challenging by lockdown orders, we know it can be hard to put good food on the table.

The Council increased the resources of the Nawash Food Bank significantly when the COVID-19 pandemic began, so that it could better serve the Neyaashiinigmiing community. We are continuing to support our local food bank, but also know that our members outside Neyaashiinigmiing are working hard to feed their families too. To help, the Council is offering off-reserve member households meal boxes from HelloFresh Canada, the meal subscription service. HelloFresh packages meal ingredients and recipes into one convenient box and delivers them directly to your home.

We also want to specifically support our youth, who have been so greatly impacted by the pandemic. The Chippewas of Nawash Board of Education, Kikendaasogamig Elementary School, Journey Together and Healthy Living programs are collaborating with the Nawash HelloFresh Program to give our youth and scholar members the simple joy of good, healthy family meals, wherever they live.

Applicants to the new Nawash HelloFresh Program must be a Chippewas of Nawash Band Member, living in Canada. Under the new rules, your household is eligible if:

  • Your primary residence is off-reserve. You do not live in Neyaashiinigmiing.

    -OR-

  • You live in Neyaashiinigmiing AND your household includes a youth member of Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, up to 18 years old, or a member enrolled full-time in secondary or post-secondary school.

Visit the Nawash HelloFresh page for more information on the program and application instructions.

Neyaashiinigmiing COVID-19 Update

In response to the ongoing pandemic, the Council has decided to extend the Neyaashiinigmiing State of Emergency until February 28th. Under the State of Emergency, the Council has been able to take extraordinary actions to keep the community safe.

We have limited access to the community by closing one of our two entrances and setting up a monitoring station at the other. While it is impossible to say what might have happened without these actions, the Council feels that reducing the level of outside traffic in Neyaashiinigmiing has helped our community avoid the worst of the pandemic.

We have also extended the operations of our Food Bank. The Food Bank has received significantly more funds since the beginning of the pandemic and is able to serve all community members. With more space required for the additional foodstuffs and supplies, the Food Bank has also been allowed to operate out the Community Centre, at least until the end of March, 2021.

COVID-19 vaccines are finally being distributed in Grey Bruce, although only in small amounts. The supply of authorized vaccines is severely constrained around the world. We expect that we will receive small batches in intervals from the federal and provincial health ministries. We don’t have a long-term schedule for when we will receive batches of vaccine. We do know that it will be many months before we have enough community members vaccinated that we can begin relaxing the protocols that have kept us safe all this 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.

Health workers will receive vaccinations first, as well as vulnerable people who live or provide care in what are called “congregate settings”. That just means a multi-resident apartment or facility. Congregate settings are considered more risky because if one person in the building catches the virus, there could be a large number of people exposed. Our Seniors Apartment Complex is an example of a congregate setting. On the other hand, an individual or small family living in their own house may be just as vulnerable to COVID-19, or even more, but there is less chance of many people falling ill if one member of a single household catches the virus.

Our next COVID-19 vaccination clinic is tentatively scheduled for February 11, 2021. This date is based on the best available information, but it may change before the day. We will update the public as soon as we receive more or different advice. If you live in Neyaashiinigmiing, the Health Centre will invite you to receive the vaccine when it is your turn. At this time, we will not be holding an open vaccination clinic for all residents.

We know that everyone wants the potentially life-saving vaccination and we are doing everything we can to get more vaccine in the community. Indigenous communities have been identified as high-priority communities for vaccinations by all levels of government. The limitation at this point is simply the amount of time it takes to manufacture and deliver the vaccines. While the manufacturers ramp up their production, we must be patient and stay safe by following our protocols:

  • Wear a mask outside your home and keep it on.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Stay at least 2 meters from people that you don’t live with.