Jordan’s Principle – A Child First Initiative

In the context of COVID-19, some needs that may arise for First Nations children that may be addressed through Jordan’s Principle include:
• Food security – access to food allowances so that children have healthy food while families or communities are physically-distancing or self-isolating.
• Caregiver support – respite services to offer a break for caregivers or if childcare centres are full due to increased capacity limits
• Cultural well-being – access to supplies for regalia-making, beading, etc. while children are learning from home!
• Technology to access education or other health supports – assistive devices to access education and other supports online if opting to homeschool, virtual therapy, etc
• Infant supplies – diapers, wipes, other supports for when a family can’t access these items.
• Utility Bills and/or Rent- help with overdue bills/rent due to loss of wages, financial hardship etc.

Please note that every Jordan’s Principle application is assessed on a case-by-case basis and funding is not a guarantee. The above suggestions are some examples of what can possibly be accessed through Jordan’s Principle based on a child’s unique circumstance.

Reach out to your JP Navigator to find out if you have a case for Jordan’s Principle! For an application package, one-on-one support and more information contact Amanda King, Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Jordan’s Principle Navigator, or visit the program page.

Tel: 519-374-3447

Employment Opportunity – Therapeutic Support Worker

The Health and Wellness Program is seeking a qualified Therapeutic Support Worker to assist Home and Community Care clients who are unable to participate in regular Community Support Service programs. The Therapeutic Support Worker will develop individual home-based activities in the home, as well as virtual group activities, and be responsible for coordinating, delivering and evaluating initiatives. Applications to this role are being accepted until November 13, 2020.

Please visit the Employment Opportunities page for more information and application instructions about this and other roles with the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation.

Reminder – Harvest Brush Sustainably

The fall months are brush cutting (cedar, balsam fir) season. Before cutting brush on CP held lands, which are private, you must get permission from the CP holder. If you are not sure who is the landholder of an area where you plan to cut brush, the Lands Department would be happy to assist.

When cutting, please practice responsible harvesting by not slashing, stripping or cutting down trees, or overharvesting in one area. Stay mindful and help us and future generations by maintaining a sustainable harvest of these tree boughs for medicine and brush.

If you have any further questions, please call the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Lands Department at 519-534-1689.


A Neyaashiinigmiing Halloween: How to Stay Safe While Enjoying a Spooky Holiday

COVID-19 Considerations for Halloween

This information has been compiled to provide guidance on how to enjoy a safe Halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic. How we celebrate has a big impact on the level of risk we face. Being aware of the differences can help you celebrate Halloween as safely as possible. We have prepared some suggestions to spread the fun, but not the virus!

Know and Adhere to Gathering Limits

On September 19, 2020 the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and Public Health Measures Table, reduced the limits on the number of people permitted to attend unmonitored and private social gatherings across the province. The new limit on the number of people allowed to attend an unmonitored private social gathering is:

  • 10 people at an indoor event or gathering (previous limit of 50); or
  • 25 people at an outdoor event or gathering (previous limit of 100).

Celebrating at Home (Low Risk Activity)

  • Host your own monster mash outdoors.  Include only those monsters from your social bubble.
  • Make your own spooky treats like clementine jack-o-lanterns, monster mix, or ghostly cookies.
  • Invite your kids to help with your preparations. Decorating, making a Halloween music playlist, carving pumpkins, painting decorations, making paper chains and other crafts are great activities for all ages.
  • Set up a scavenger hunt filled with tricks and treats for your social bubble, inside or outdoors.
  • Pick out some Halloween themed books to read together with your kids.

Community Members giving out Halloween treats (Moderate Risk Activity)

  • It is strongly recommended that you do not hand out Halloween candy from your front door. The door is an area where multiple people may touch the same surfaces and is a high risk area for any virus, especially COVID-19, to spread.
  • Instead, set up a trick or treating station outside your home, just inside your open garage door, or outside in your driveway.  Maintain a physical distance of two meters from visitors. Setting up a table can help with this. Provide hand sanitizer at your station.
  • Portion treats out ahead of time in baggies to allow for touchless trick-or-treating.  When trick-or-treaters arrive, direct them to take a bag without handling any others.
  • Do not provide homemade treats. Please hand out pre-packaged items.
  • In between visitors, clean and disinfect any frequently touched surfaces. 

Going Door to Door (High Risk Activity)

  • Try to maintain physical distance from others while trick-or treating.
  • Choose a costume that makes it easy to also wear a proper mask or face covering.  Make sure your mask fits well, covers your nose, mouth, and chin, and does not have open air holes.
  • Wash your hands before trick or treating, when you return home, and before snacking.  Bring your hand sanitizer with you and use it when appropriate.
  • The COVID-19 virus does not survive indefinitely on surfaces. As a precaution, set aside any treats collected for 24 hours.  Have some ready-to-enjoy favourites set aside for when you return home.
  • Do not accept or offer homemade Halloween Treats: candy apples, popcorn, etc.

Help make a difference:

  • Maintain physical distance of at least two meters from people not in your household or social bubble.
  • Wear a face mask in indoor and outdoor public spaces where physical distancing is a challenge.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. 
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Practice good hygiene (cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching your face).
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces often.
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill or have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Get tested if there is a possibility you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Enjoy a Safe and Happy Halloween!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Presumptive case of COVID-19 identified in Neyaashiinigmiing

Chief Greg Nadjiwon announced today the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Neyaashiinigmiing.  The Grey Bruce Health Unit is managing this case. The person has been contacted by GBHU and advised to isolate and re-test. The community member is currently at home in isolation.

Chief Nadjiwon is requesting that community members be vigilant about maintaining physical distance from people not in your household, frequent hand washing, and wearing a mask when physical distancing is not possible.  Unless necessary, please do not travel outside your home and avoid contact with persons outside your household. We will work together to help keep each other safe.

Free Outdoor Fish Canning Workshop

Outdoor Land-based Learning
Proudly presented by the Kikendaasogamig Healthy Living Program, Family Well-Being, and the Fisheries Assessment Program.

Learn how to can fresh fish, from start to finish!

  • Clean and fillet your own fish
  • Prepare for canning
  • The canning process
  • Take home the finished product

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020
Time: 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Maadookii Seniors Centre

Pre-registration is required for this free workshop, as space is limited. Call 519-534-4445 and leave a message to register.

Lunch will be provided. Unfortunately, no transportation is available. This event will be conducted outside. Please dress according to the weather.

COVID-19 is a health risk to all ages. Please bring and wear your mask. Masks and hand sanitizer will also be available at the event. Participants are expected to maintain a physical distance of 2 meters/6 feet from each other.


Employment Opportunity – Fisheries Literature Review

The SON Fisheries Assessment Program Together with Giigoonyag initiative is seeking analytical, detailed, self-motivated individuals to conduct a paid review of fisheries-related literature. This project will provide an overview of the existing knowledge about fish stocking in Lake Huron and the SON’s traditional territory by reviewing academic literature from peer-reviewed sources, books, grey literature, and documents produced by the Saugeen Ojibway Nation and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. The review will identify key gaps and uncertainties in the literature that have yet to be addressed by the scientific or research community and help to inform the creation of the SON’s Goals and Objectives for the Fishery.

The literature review has been divided into four chapters: Ecosystem (APPENDIX I); Food Security and Health (APPENDIX II); Culture, Spirituality, and Social (APPENDIX III); and Economics (APPENDIX IV). We anticipate a different reviewer for each chapter, although an applicant may submit a proposal for multiple chapters. These contract opportunities will be compensated according to the chapter being reviewed.

Please read the project Call for Applications for much more information and application instructions.