Employment Opportunity – Police Supervisor

The Neyaashiinigmiing First Nation Police Service is seeking a qualified Professional Police Officer/Supervisor. Applicants must be an experienced officer with the required skills and knowledge to fulfill a leadership role within the Neyaashiinigmiing Police Service, be able to provide operational supervision of personnel, and perform administrative and other operational duties as assigned.

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

Woof! Free Doghouses for Your Pampered Pets

The East Village Animal Hospital (EVAH) and Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) are offering free doghouses to dog-owners in Neyaashiinigmiing. EVAH will deliver a doghouse and fresh straw to dog-lovers who can put them to good use, while supplies last.

There is NO expense to Chippewas of Nawash members residing in Neyaashiinigmiing. EVAH asks that you ensure your driveway and the doghouse installation spot is accessible when the volunteers arrive.

To get your free doggy domicile, e-mail Laurie at the EVAH: Evah1777@gmail.com.
Or text/call Lisa at ARF: 226-926-5523.

Doghouses will be delivered ASAP, dependent on weather conditions and pandemic safety protocols.

Council Considers Property Purchase on Purple Valley Road

The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Council is considering the purchase of the property at 952 Purple Valley Road, bordered on the west by Purple Valley Road, and the north by McIvor Road. The proposal has been forwarded to the Coldwater Trust for assessment and consideration. View the real estate listing here: https://www.realtor.ca/real-estate/22688987/952-purple-valley-road-purple-valley

The property is situated on almost 200 acres and is almost adjacent to the First Nation (there is property between the First Nation, and this sale, that is owned by the Bruce Trail Association and the Conservation Authority). The house has 10 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, a commericial kitchen, sauna, pool, maple syrup operation, several outbuildings – the barns and pastures are currently rented to a local farmer, the drive shed has an engine hoist, large commercial freezer, and a large storage area. The home was used as a Bed and Breakfast, there is one Bunkie also on the property that was rented out and an outdoor barbeque area with pizza oven and running water.

The house comes FULLY furnished, including items in the outbuildings such as a large tractor with plow, small backhoe, etc.

There is a lot of potential for economic development. The purchase of the house and property would also allow time to conduct a feasibility study and community consultation on a Residential Aftercare Program which would offer life skills and trades in such areas as automotive, carpentry, culinary, farming, maple syrup, gardening, life guard, equine therapy, etc. as an example.

The listing is for $2,500,000.00. The furnishings and equipment included, and the size of the property need to be considered when looking at the asking price.

Funds for the purchase may come from the Coldwater Trust as the Coldwater Trust Agreement allows for funds to be used to purchase lands for the First Nation’s benefit. The Council believes that the addition of real estate to the Coldwater Trust portfolio will diversify the fund.

The Council is seeking the membership’s feedback on the proposed purchase. Tell us what you think by completing our brief survey here: Feedback Survey. You can also pick up a paper copy of the survey from the Band Office during business hours

Save Money: Lower Your Hydro Bill

The Ontario Energy Board offers the Ontario Energy Support Program (OESP) to assist with the energy bills of lower-income homes, including those on reserves. OESP reduces your monthly costs by applying a credit directly to your bill.

If you would like to apply for the OESP, or re-apply if your credit is expiring, the Ontario Native Welfare Administrators’ Association (ONWAA) can help. Their staff will work with you to complete and submit the OESP application form.

Call the ONWAA at 1-844-855-3157, Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

If you have questions about ONWAA, or want to learn more about assistance programs available to Chippewas of Nawash members, call Nawash Social Services at 519-534-3753.

Update: Vaccinations Delayed in Grey Bruce

We have learned from Dr. Ian Arra, the Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health that the vaccines scheduled to arrive on January 25th have been delayed, due to production issues. The first vaccinations are expected to arrive in mid-February and will be reserved for the most vulnerable. A portion of the initial Grey Bruce allotment will still be earmarked for the residents of Neyaashiinigmiing’s Seniors Apartment Complex. No date or estimate has been given at this time for the next batch of vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccines have been extensively tested around the world in many different populations. They have been shown to be safe, and remarkably effective. Watch this video to learn more about vaccine safety.

We share the community’s disappointment at this delay. The sooner we are all safely vaccinated, the sooner we can put the pandemic and its trials behind us. We will share more information about when residents can get a vaccine as soon as it becomes available.

 

Community Virtual Meeting – January 28, 7:00 PM

Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation are beginning the process of developing a Land Use Plan and Capital Infrastructure Plan for the community. Both plans will establish a vision for the future of our community and a path to get there. We have hired two consulting firms to support this project: Neegan Burnside Ltd and Shared Value Solutions. An online Community Meeting has been scheduled for January 28, 2021, to discuss the important planning process.

Virtual Community Meeting Details

Date: Thursday, January 28th, 2021
Time: 7:00 to 8:00 PM
Registration: Register online!
Topic: This meeting will introduce the project, and explain the process of land use planning and capital infrastructure planning. Join us to ask questions about the project, and find out how you can get involved in shaping our future. All members are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

The community meeting will also be streamed live on our YouTube channel.

About the Land Use Plan

The Land Use Plan will guide future planning on the surveyed reserve lands (#27 Neyaashiinigmiing), Cape Croker Hunting Grounds, and the 69-acre vacant parcel undergoing the Additions to Reserve process (Lots 61-63 Con 3E & Lots 61-62 Con 4 East, Neyaashiinigmiing). It will consider the environment, species at risk, areas used for cultural purposes that allow Neyaashiinigmiing to plan for future development while protecting what is important.

The Land Use Plan scheduled to be completed between December 2020 and July 2021.

About the Capital Infrastructure Plan

The Capital Infrastructure Plan will identify ways to address infrastructure challenges, such as housing, water treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment and disposal, solid waste management, roads and drainage, and communications. This Plan will support prioritizing Neyaashiinigmiing’s infrastructure needs by identifying key objectives from community input and providing recommendations based on engineering principles.

The Capital Infrastructure Plan is scheduled to be completed between April 2021 and November 2021.

First Vaccinations Scheduled for Neyaashiinigmiing

We have been advised by Dr. Ian Arra, the Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health, that the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be delivered to Grey Bruce on January 25, 2021. Vaccinations for priority groups will start shortly after the vaccine arrives.

The first recipients in Neyaashiinigmiing will be residents of the Seniors Apartment Complex, which is being regarded as a long-term care facility for the purposes of vaccine distribution. We expect those residents to be vaccinated in the last week of January. Residents of the community who are 70 years and older, not living in the Seniors Apartment Complex, will be vaccinated in the next round of vaccinations, expected in mid-February.

Unfortunately, supplies of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines remain limited worldwide. While a vaccination will be available for everyone eventually, lower priority groups will have to wait for their dose until supply and distribution lines catch up.

Until we are all safely vaccinated, our best strategy remains careful following of the pandemic health and safety guidelines:

  • Wear a mask outside your home.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Watch your distance. Remain at least 2 meters from people you do not live with.

Thank you to all our members, residents and staff for your patience, courage and strength during this difficult time. We look forward to seeing you all again, in person, when the pandemic has passed.