Virtual Ceremony Planned for Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is one of the most important days of the year to the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, the time when we proudly and somberly celebrate the bravery, commitment and sacrifice of our many cherished veterans.

Neyaashiinigmiing traditionally observes Remembrance Day with a very well-attended public ceremony. Unfortunately, as it has impacted so many other parts of our lives, the COVID-19 pandemic requires significant restrictions to this year’s ceremony.

In order to keep the participants as safe as possible, particularly the elder veterans, and to comply with provincial restrictions on the size of outdoor gatherings, the Remembrance Day ceremony will not be open to the public. Out of respect and concern for the safety of the colour party and honoured guests, please do not attempt to attend the ceremony in person.

To allow our members to participate in our Remembrance Day observance, we will be live streaming the ceremony to the community from our Facebook page at

While we would all prefer to gather in person, as a family, we are pleased to bring the entire membership together – virtually – to honour our veterans. Please mark your calendars to attend the Remembrance Day live stream.

Date: November 11, 2020
Time: 10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

Journey Together Family Program Upcoming Events

The Nshiime Day Journey Together Family Program has scheduled a busy month of November events!

November 4: Nawash Healthy Living Challenge, by CARA and Journey Together
November 9: Healthy Living Intakes at Nawash, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Call to book a time with CARA.
November 16: Playdough Making Activity for 0-6 year olds. Call us to get your playdough kit.
November 23: Canvas Painting Activity for 0-6 year olds. Call us for a canvas kit.
November 30: Nailed It! Cupcake Challenge for 0-6 year olds. Call us for a baker’s kit.

Presented by the Journey Together Family Program and Community Activator Program. Contact Journey Together for more information.

Tel: 519-534-3909

Family Partner Applications Now Open for Kaikaiknong Phase IV

The Nawash Rent-to-Own Housing Program, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Grey & Bruce, is pleased to announce that Partner Family Application Intake for 2021 is ready to begin.

The Program is now seeking partner families for the Phase IV build at Kaikaiknong Crescent due to start building in Summer 2021.

To begin the application process, please contact Rachelle MacKenzie from Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce to make an appointment. Evening and weekend appointments are available.

Call: 519-371-6776, extension 101
Email: for more details.

The deadline for applications January 31st, 2021.

Treaties Recognition Week

In 2016, Ontario declared the first week of November as Treaties Recognition Week. Annual observance of the week honours the treaties that have shaped the lives of Indigenous people in the province, and the country. Treaties are often understood as baskets of rights and obligations, akin to contracts, but to Indigenous people these were also sacred agreements, often signed in traditional ceremonies, that created lasting and impactful relationships. Treaties Recognition Week is an opportunity for all of us, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to reflect on those relationships, what they mean to us, and how best to maintain them into the future.

Our own treaty relationships are in stark focus right now, as the Saugeen Ojibway Nation’s historic land claims trial wrapped up closing arguments only last week. During that trial, we saw how the Crown’s understanding of their obligations under the treaties differs from our own, and also where we agree. While we wait for the court’s decision, which isn’t expected until 2021, we remember that, whatever the outcome, we are in a relationship with the Crown that is complicated, challenging, sometimes beneficial and, most importantly, ongoing. We are treaty people, as are all the non-Indigenous people of Canada, and our vision must be one of the future, even as we cherish our rich past.

Read more about our history and treaties here.

Video Statement from Chief Greg Nadjiwon

Chief Nadjiwon has prepared a video statement for the membership. In this episode, the Chief reminds us all of the importance of remaining vigilant in the midst of the pandemic. Looking forward, the Chief also discusses some of our exciting economic development initiatives.

Watch it on YouTube.

Employment Opportunity – Tenders Requested for Nshiime Daycare Snow Removal

The Nshiime Daycare Centre is seeking tenders for a Snow Removal Contract, to run November 2020 – April 2022, for the Nshiime Daycare premises located at 255 Prairie Road, Neyaashiinigmiing, Ontario N0H 2T0. Band members or contractors with Indigenous ancestry will be preferred.

Brief Description of Contractor Duties:

  1. Removal of snow and ice is to be completed weekdays prior to 7:30 AM, or as requested by the Supervisor, to ensure safe pedestrian and vehicular travel for entrance into the Daycare, the Daycare parking lot and the blacktop surface behind the daycare.
  2. Snow will be removed after any storm, whenever a snow blockage occurs, or when snow accumulations exceed six (6) inches.
  3. A light mixture of sand and salt/enviro salt will be applied to slippery areas to ensue safety and good conditions for winter parking and pedestrian traffic, at all times.
  4. The contractor will ensure that snow banks built up over the winter season do not obstruct the vision of oncoming traffic, and allow access to the outdoor air handling unit and garbage bins. Accumulated banked snow is to be removed and transported to an off-site location upon request of the Supervisor.
  5. The contractor will provide their own equipment, fuel, salt/enviro salt and sand. Contractor will be held responsible for replacing or repairing any Daycare assets damaged while fulfilling these duties.  Proof of a comprehensive general liability insurance policy is required upon submission of a bid.

All interested contractors are encouraged to request a detailed tender requirements package from the Daycare and to inspect the grounds prior to submitting their bid.

All written bids, with complete documentation, are to be submitted to the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Board of Education Office in a sealed envelope that is clearly marked: “TENDER FOR SNOW REMOVAL CONTRACT – DAY CARE PREMISES”. Submissions will be time and date stamped at the front desk.

Bids must be submitted by 4:00 PM, Thursday November 19, 2020.

The lowest or any bid will not necessarily be accepted. Late bids will not be considered.

For further information or enquiries, please contact Kathy Jones, Supervisor:

Telephone: 519-534-3909

Facsimile: 519-534-1488


Grocery Gift Card Benefit Program Extended to November 27, 2020

One of the many ways the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation is helping our members during the COVID-19 pandemic and its unprecedented impact on our lives, is with the Grocery Gift Card Distribution program. The program offers every member household in Canada, on and off reserve, a $150 grocery gift card. Members outside Canada can receive the equivalent value in their local currency.

We are pleased to announce that we are extending the Grocery Gift Card program until Friday, November 27, 2020. Every member household that has not yet received this benefit is entitled to one $150 grocery gift card. This is a difficult time and we could all use a little extra on the table. If you, or a member in your household, haven’t yet applied for this great benefit, we encourage you to send in your application!

More information and instructions for the easy application process are available on the Grocery Gift Card Distribution page.