Health Professional Clinics Postponed Until Further Notice

Nawash Home and Community Care advises that, due to safety concerns during COVID-19 pandemic, all health professional visits have been postponed until further notice. This is effective immediately. The Diabetes and Foot teams will not be in the community this week as previously scheduled. The Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC), has also suspended the regular weekly visits to Neyaashiinigmiing.

Diabetes clients requiring assistance can call the Diabetes Team at the Wiarton Hospital, 519-534-1260. Leave a detailed message with your contact information if your call is not answered immediately.

Foot clients can call Telehealth Ontario for advice, at 1-866-797-0000.

SOAHAC is available by phone at 519-376-5508.

Ontario’s COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool

There are a number of COVID-19 cases in the Grey-Bruce area, including an employee of the Owen Sound Walmart. It is more important now than ever that we continue to practice social distancing, frequent hand washing, and staying home. If you have been out, are feeling unwell, or have symptoms, you can determine what to do next with this self-assessment tool published by the Province of Ontario.

Federal COVID-19 Emergency Benefits Program opens today

If you’ve lost work or income due to the pandemic, you may qualify for the Federal goverment’s COVID-19 benefits program. Call the toll-free line at 1-800-959-2019 to make an application by phone. Prime Minister Trudeau has said that those using direct deposit will receive funds in 3-5 days, while those waiting for a mailed cheque will wait 10 days. More details in this story.

A statement from the Fire Department

Councillor Nick Saunders, also Chief of the Nawash Fire Deparment, issued the following statement to the members:

Good afternoon,

All my relations. At this time, the Chippewas of Nawash Fire Department would like to thank all the residents of Neyaashiiningmiing for their help and efforts in slowing the spread of COVID-19. The burn ban now in effect has been put in place to protect and reduce the risk to firefighters.

The burn ban includes unnecessary burning of dead grass and leaves, as well as campfires. We do however respect the traditional medicine people, and the right to have sacred fires, and will allow those fires.

In these unprecedented circumstances, the Chippewas of Nawash Fire Department appreciates the entire community’s cooperation in helping us to stay safe, so that we can better serve the community in a time of need.

Thank you!

The Chippewas of Nawash Fire Department Team

A statement from the Neyaashiinigmiing First Nation Police

Vincent Wurfel, Neyaashiinigmiing FN Police Supervisor, issued the following statement for the members:


The Neyaashiinigmiing First Nation Police are committed to the safety of our members and the community. We request that you only attend the Police Office if necessary.

For emergencies, please call 911.

For any non-urgent concerns/questions, please call the office during regular business hours at 519-534-1233 (Option #1 for Administrative Assistant & On-Duty Officer or Option #2 for Sgt. Vince Wurfel). For non-urgent matters, you can also email the Administrative Assistant, Cindy Nadjiwon at

We will be limiting the processing of record checks. They will only be conducted to facilitate employment & volunteer for essential services. Please call ahead if you require a record check.

UGuelph Students and Professor Donate Needed Supplies to Chippewas of Nawash

With governments and institutions around the world all scrambling to gather the supplies necessary to mount an effective pandemic response, Chippewas of Nawash staff and leadership have been working overtime to procure the same materials for the community. University of Guelph students Emma Anderson and Moira Germann-Cisterna, with the help of Professor Kim Anderson, Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition, heard about our difficulties, and have come to the community’s aid with a generous donation of 140 bottles of hand sanitizer. The hand sanitizer will be distributed to the Maadookii Seniors Centre and Nawash Health Services. Disinfectants are in short supply everywhere, so this will be extremely helpful for us in keeping our cherished Elders and front line staff safe in the face of COVID-19. Councillor Tony Chegahno expressed his appreciation for the gift, saying that it was “amazing that the students did that on their own” in deciding to make the donation. The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation is sincerely grateful for the kindness and generosity of Emma, Moira and Kim. Chi-Miigwech!

Fire Chief Calls for Ban on Open Fires

Fire Chief Nick Saunders, with the support of the Chief and Council, asks that all residents of Neyaashiinigmiing refrain from starting open fires of any kind, including brush-burning, campfires, bonfires, and cook-outs. The fire department is supporting the community in many different ways during the pandemic crisis, in addition to their primary duties as front-line responders. The Fire Chief, Chief and Council want to avoid overloading the volunteer firefighters, who are so critical to the community’s pandemic response, with unnecessary fire calls until the crisis has passed. The Fire Department thanks all residents for their patience and cooperation.

Health Centre Open on Friday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

For the safety of staff and the public, Band services are running on limited hours during the pandemic. The Health Centre will be open on Friday, however, between the hours of 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM for medication and cheque pick-up.

Please let others in the community know, electronically or by phone, and practice social distancing if you do visit the Health Centre. Remain at a safe distance of at least 2 meters from other people.

Wellness Centre Adjusts Operations in Response to Pandemic

Nawash’s Kina Waa Noojmojig Nanaweing Wellness Centre has adjusted it’s operating hours in order to comply with the best medical advice to social distance and avoid direct contact with others. The dedicated staff want to remind the community that they are still there to offer support during this difficult time. Clinical Supervisor April Jones has provided some useful information for those in need, on the Wellness Centre’s page.