COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic this Saturday

This Saturday, July 17, from 10am to 12pm, the Nawash Health Centre is holding a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Kikendaasogamig Elementary School and it is by appointment ONLY. The clinic is open to all members of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation in the Grey Bruce area and their immediate family, 12 years and older.

To book an appointment, please call the Health Centre at 519-534-0373 or the Community Health Nurse at 519-378-6028.

Priority Group: All members of Chippewas of Nawash in the Grey Bruce area, and their immediate family, 12 years old or older
Dose: This is a first and second dose clinic
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Kikendaasogamig Elementary School at 45 Farm Road, Neyaashiinigmiing
Register: Please call the Nawash Health Centre at 519-534-0373 or the Community Health Nurse at 519-378-6028

If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, we look forward to seeing you at a vaccination clinic soon! Let’s work together to help bring this pandemic to an end. Your vaccination protects you, our youth, and those who can’t tolerate the vaccine for other medical reasons. Whether vaccinated or not, all community members are asked to continue to observe pandemic protocols to help keep the community safe.

  • Wear a mask outside your home.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Watch your distance and stay 2 meters away from people you don’t live with.

Message to Residents Regarding COVID-19 in the Community

Under the leadership of the Chief and Band Council, the Grey Bruce Health Unit is working with community health services to assure residents that the COVID-19 cases identified in the community in the past few days do not present any additional risk to the general public. All active cases are contained in one residence/household.

The cases are in self-isolation and are doing all the right things in following direction from Public Health. As such, these individuals present no risk of transmission of COVID-19 to the wider community.

Everyone can prevent the spread of the virus by following the basic precautions of the three W’s –

  • Wash hands frequently,
  • Watch distance (ideally 6ft), and
  • Wear face covering correctly

Additionally, avoid crowds and arrange for outdoor activities instead of indoors whenever possible.

We would remind everyone, the long term defense against COVID-19 is to get vaccinated as soon as possible. If you have had your first dose, get your second. Check the Grey Bruce Health Unit website for vaccine clinic times and locations near you.

Be safe, get the vax!

 

Stay Safe on the National Holiday

Whatever you plan to do on the Canada Day national holiday, we want you to stay as safe as possible.

The Province of Ontario has moved to Step 2 of the reopening plan, but COVID-19 continues to mutate and infect new victims. Until we reach herd immunity provincially and locally there exists the possibility of a dangerous outbreak. Newer strains of the virus that have more negative qualities than the parent strain are known as “variants of concern”. One of those is the delta variant, and it poses a significantly greater threat to local residents than “regular” COVID-19. The delta variant is far more transmissible than earlier strains of COVID-19, incubates faster, seems to cause higher levels of serious illness, and causes serious illness in children more often.

As you plan your Canada Day activities, be aware that the COVID-19 delta variant is present in Grey Bruce, including our sister community of Saugeen First Nation. At the latest report, SFN has identified 37 cases of COVID-19 in their community, with more likely to come. Due to the speed of transmission and relatively sudden onset of symptoms, the medical community believes the COVID-19 delta variant is responsible. We all want to visit and comfort our friends and relations, especially as the province begins to reopen, but we must remain vigilant. You are advised to avoid unnecessary travel to SFN and other hotspots, and to avoid gathering with people you don’t live with.

Protect yourself, your family, and your community, by strictly observing simple pandemic safety protocols – even if you have been partially or fully vaccinated:

  • Wear a mask outside your home.
  • Remain at least two meters from people you do not live with.
  • Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face.

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the most effective way of protecting your community and helping to bring the pandemic to an end. The COVID-19 vaccines available are safe and effective and we ask that every community member who is 12 years or older and can tolerate the vaccine, schedule an appointment to be vaccinated. We are holding our next vaccination clinic on Saturday, July 17. Register online today, or call the Nawash Health Centre at 519-534-0373 to book an appointment.

It cannot be stressed enough that the delta variant is extremely infectious. One lapse of your safety protocol may be all it takes to bring COVID-19 into your home. Enjoy the holiday, but whatever you do, we urge you to take every precaution to keep yourself and your household healthy and free of COVID-19.

Kikendaasogamig and Nshiime Closed as New COVID-19 Case Discovered

Board of Education officials have announced that an additional case of COVID-19 has been identified in Kikendaasogamig Elementary School. To protect community safety, the Board of Education, with the support of the Council, has closed Kikendaasogamig for the remainder of the school year. Nshiime Child and Family Centre will close for one week, June 28 to July 2, as we monitor the situation in the community. We apologize for the inconvenience to families as we respond to the evolving circumstances.

The Chief and Council stress that there is no cause for alarm.  Grey Bruce Public Health, with the assistance of our Community Health Nurse, is conducting contact tracing for the identified cases. The needs of the affected individuals and families are being met by the Health Centre and volunteers. Neyaashiinigmiing remains safe and we have no plans to close the community.

Case counts are on the rise in Grey Bruce however, and more infectious mutations of the virus, known as “variants of concern”, are spreading. This includes the currently infamous Delta variant that has received recent media attention. The Community Emergency Response Group and the Council assess the state of the pandemic in Grey Bruce daily. If the situation changes dramatically, be assured that we are prepared to respond as necessary.

We need the community’s help in keeping us all safe. The virus spreads when we stop being vigilant, let our guard down, and stop taking the reasonable precautions that have worked to protect us. The situation still demands that we remain focused on safety fundamentals, even as the number of new cases falls provincially and Ontario proceeds with the 3-step reopening plan. Remember to:

  • Wear a facemask outside your home, even when you are with friends and extended family.
  • Keep your distance from people you don’t live with, even when you are with friends and extended family.
  • Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face.

The Saugeen First Nation has locked down to halt the spread of a growing number of cases in their community. We are all alarmed and concerned for our sister community, and all of our close friends and relations there. To help their able leadership and very competent health staff deal with the outbreak, we advise CNUFN members to respect their lockdown and avoid all unnecessary travel in and out of SFN.

To protect our community, for the long term, and bring this pandemic to an end, we need to reach “herd immunity”. Herd immunity simply means that with enough immune people in the herd (that’s us), the virus has no new victims to infect and eventually dies out or poses no threat of widespread outbreak. The vaccinated herd immunity strategy has worked against diseases like polio, measles, mumps, rubella, small pox and more. These are diseases that used to be a constant threat, but we don’t need to fear any more because enough people have been vaccinated.

To reach herd immunity in the Neyaashiinigmiing, we need to vaccinate 75% of every man, woman and child who is normally in the community (including non-members, staff, etc). Children under 12 can’t yet be vaccinated, and some people with medical conditions can’t tolerate the vaccine. That means to reach herd immunity we need to vaccinate almost everybody 12 years and older, who can tolerate the vaccine. Your vaccination doesn’t just protect you from serious illness or death, it protects our children, our vulnerable, and our elders.

The most important thing you can do today, to help our families, our communities and our nation, is to make an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccination. It is proven safe and very effective, including against variants of concern that have arisen so far. Our next vaccination clinic is scheduled for Saturday, July 17. To make an appointment, you can book online, or call the Health Centre at 519-534-0373 during normal business hours.

Chief Nadjiwon Calls for Renewed Vigilance to Pandemic Safety Protocols

This is a difficult time for the Saugeen Ojibway Nation. Even as the pandemic is seemingly receding, our communities are being challenged with COVID-19 cases that we have been able to avoid until now. We have an active case in CNUFN and in a video statement to the membership, Chief Lester Anoquot shared that SFN has also identified 13 active cases in the community. The SFN Council has decided to lock down their community to keep residents safe until the outbreak is under control.

In this delicate period, Chief Greg Nadjiwon asks that all community members remain vigilant and strictly adhere to pandemic safety protocols. Wear a facemask outside your home; wash your hands frequently; and keep your physical distance from people you don’t live with. Chief  Nadjiwon asks that all community members avoid gathering unless absolutely necessary. Plans for Canada Day gatherings should be put on hold, especially those involving Saugeen First Nation at this time. We do not want to jeopardize our sister community by encouraging gatherings with SFN residents while they are in lockdown.

We know this is unwelcome news, but we need your help to keep our communities safe. If you haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 yet, please schedule your vaccination now. It is simply the best way to protect all our relations. Our next vaccination clinic will be Saturday, July 17.

Chief Greg Nadjiwon is dismayed, as are we all, by the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in SFN. Our hearts go out to the Saugeen First Nation, and to our own members that have been impacted. Our sincere hope is that the outbreaks in our communities are quickly and safely contained. Thank you for your constant strength and patience.

Miigwetch.

July 17 COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

The Nawash Health Centre is holding a COVID-19 vaccination clinic Saturday, July 17, from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Kikendaasogamig Elementary School, by appointment ONLY. This clinic is open to all members of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation in the Grey Bruce area, and their immediate families, 12 years old or older.

Call the Nawash Health Centre at 519-534-0373 to make your vaccination appointment, or register online.

Priority Group: All members of Chippewas of Nawash in the Grey Bruce area, and their immediate family, 12 years old or older.
Dose: This is a first dose and second dose clinic.
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Kikendaasogamig Elementary School, Neyaashiinigmiing
Register: Please call the Nawash Health Centre at 519-534-0373, or register online

If you have not been vaccinated yet, we look forward to seeing you at a vaccination clinic soon! Let’s work together to help bring this pandemic to and end. Your vaccination protects you, our youth, and those who can’t tolerate the vaccine for other medical reasons. Whether vaccinated or not, all community members are asked to continue to observe pandemic protocols to help keep the community safe.

  • Wear a mask outside your home.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Watch your distance and stay 2 meters away from people you don’t live with.

Video: Chief Greg Nadjiwon Addresses the Community

The Chief has prepared a video statement for members as we respond to a COVID-19 case in Neyaashiinigmiing.

While the Health Centre and Grey Bruce Public Health manage the small outbreak, there is no immediate cause for alarm. The community remains safe. Residents are reminded to follow all pandemic protocols as rigorously as always.

Everybody is also asked to receive a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible, as the surest and easiest way to protect our families, relations, friends and neighbours.

English subtitles are available on this video. Enable closed captions or subtitles on your device.

COVID-19 Case Identified in Neyaashiinigmiing

Grey Bruce Public Health has confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 in Neyaashiinigmiing. The Health Centre with the assistance of Public Health will be undertaking all contact tracing for this case, and will notify affected individuals. There is no need for additional testing if you are not identified as a potential contact.

The Chief and Council ask that the community remain calm and continue to observe all COVID-19 health and safety guidelines with renewed diligence. Please also respect the privacy of all community members. Refrain from discussing the personal details of any person’s health status, including any identifying information.

Any case of COVID-19 is serious, but there is no cause for alarm. By adhering to our well-known safety protocols we can and will contain the COVID-19 outbreak in the community.

A COVID-19 vaccination offers nearly 100% protection against serious illness caused by the virus and significantly reduces the chance of infection and transmission. All members and residents are strongly advised to receive the vaccination at the earliest opportunity.  We are offering a vaccination clinic on Saturday, July 17. Please call the Health Centre at 519-534-0373 to schedule your vaccination.

Please stay calm and remember to:

  • Wear a mask outside your home
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Watch your distance and remain at least 2 meters from anybody who does not live with you

We will share more information as it becomes available. Thank you for your strength and patience at this time.

Council Adopts Reopening Plan for Neyaashiinigmiing

We are pleased to announce that the Council has accepted and approved the recommended Reopening Plan for Neyaashiinigmiing, most of which will come into effect on June 14, 2021. The CNUFN Council has been carefully monitoring the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario, and conditions in Neyaashiinigmiing. Vaccination levels continue to improve across the province and case counts are dropping steadily. The provincial Stay at Home order ended on June 2, 2021, although the province-wide Emergency Brake and associate regulations will remain in effect until Ontario enters Step 1 of its Reopening plan. We can now gather outdoors, in groups of up to 5 people from different households.

While this does not mark the end of the pandemic or completely remove the risk of an outbreak, conditions have considerably improved. We can now begin taking safe, measured, responsible steps to reopening the community.

The Community Emergency Response Group struck an ad hoc Reopening Committee to create a plan for the safe and responsible reopening of Neyaashiinigmiing. The committee members were Cynthia Jamieson, Acting First Nations Administrator; Cynthia Porter, Health Manager; Amy Ingram, Supervisor of Social Services; Councilor Nick Saunders; Judy Nadjiwan, Board of Education Administrator; Patrick Nadjiwan, Legal Counsel; and Dr. Ian Arra, Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health. The committee’s recommendations balanced our ongoing need to reduce the risk of a dangerous outbreak in the community, with the widespread desire to see life begin to return to normal.

Our plan is specific to the situation in Neyaashiinigmiing, although we will observe the province’s direction as Ontario moves into subsequent steps of the provincial reopening plan. We cannot exceed the speed of the provincial reopening, but we can go slower if we feel it would be better for the community. This is only a first step in what will be a multi-phase reopening process. We look forward to seeing more of our relations and friends (in small groups, for now) as the danger of the pandemic recedes.

We encourage everybody who is eligible for, and can tolerate a vaccine, to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at the earliest opportunity. We are holding a clinic in the community on Saturday, June 19, for members and their immediate families as young as 12 years old. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, register online today, or call the Nawash Health Centre at 519-534-0373. Let’s continue working together to help bring this pandemic to an end. Your vaccination protects you, our youth, and those who can’t tolerate the vaccine for other medical reasons.

Whether vaccinated or not, all community members are asked to continue to observe pandemic protocols to help keep the community safe.

  • Wear a mask outside your home.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Watch your distance and stay 2 meters away from people you don’t live with.

Council Extends State of Emergency in Neyaashiinigmiing

At the Council meeting of Friday May 28, 2021, the Council of Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation extended the State of Emergency in Neyaashiinigmiing until June 30, 2021.

There are hopeful signs on the horizon, of an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the gradually increasing vaccination rate and a corresponding reduction in new cases in the province. We remain vigilant, however, to the ongoing risk of a dangerous outbreak. The Council and Administration will continue to take extraordinary actions as necessary to keep members and the community healthy and free of COVID-19. We are grateful for the incredible strength, patience and support of the entire membership and community of Neyaashiinigmiing.

An ad hoc Reopening Committee has been struck to create a plan for the safe and responsible reopening of Neyaashiinigmiing. The committee members are Cynthia Jamieson, Acting First Nations Administrator; Cynthia Porter, Health Manager; Amy Ingram, Supervisor of Social Services; Councilor Nick Saunders; Judy Nadjiwan, Board of Education Administrator; Patrick Nadjiwan, Legal Counsel; and Dr. Ian Arra, Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health. The committee will balance our obvious desire to see life return to normal, with the need to reduce the risk of a dangerous outbreak in the community. The recommendations of the committee will also address our seasonal cottagers and campers who are eager to return to Neyaashiinigmiing as soon as possible.

We encourage everybody who is eligible for, and can tolerate a vaccine, to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at the earliest opportunity. We are holding a clinic in the community on Saturday, June 19, for members and their immediate families as young as 12 years old. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, register today.

If you have not been vaccinated yet, we look forward to seeing you at a vaccination clinic soon! Let’s work together to help bring this pandemic to an end. Your vaccination protects you, our youth, and those who can’t tolerate the vaccine for other medical reasons. Whether vaccinated or not, all community members are asked to continue to observe pandemic protocols to help keep the community safe.

  • Wear a mask outside your home.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Watch your distance and stay 2 meters away from people you don’t live with.