Fraudulent CERB Over-payment Calls

Neyaashiinigmiing Police have issued a warning about a new telephone fraud scam:

CERB Over-Payment Fraudulent Calls

There have been recent reports of fraudulent callers, advising people that they have received a Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) over-payment. The caller may immediately ask you to “confirm” your name, as these are random calls and they do not know the identity of who they are calling. The caller will strategically use the victim to self-disclose identifying information.

In these cases the callers may make attempts to immediately retrieve all or partial payment of a fictitious over-payment amount. In some cases the fraudster may offer you a “reduced” payment amount if you respond immediately.

This is a common tactic of fraudsters, to entice you to act immediately through threat of negative consequences or stated benefit.

If you receive any such calls, hang up immediately. Do not provide any personal information. If you have any doubts about the validity of the call, contact a verified Canada Revenue Agency website or phone number.

Respectfully,
Vince Wurfel- Supervisor
Neyaashiinigmiing Police

Family Video Community Challenge

The Family Well-Being Program has announced a fun contest for Neyaashiinigmiing resident families to work on this week. Nancy Pedoniquotte, Family Systems Navigator, is inviting families to create a short video showing us how they’re coping with the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, particularly self-isolation and physical distancing.

10 Winners will be randomly drawn from all entries to receive a free mini-photo session, courtesy of ARPS Professional Photography, to be held on Tuesday, July 14th. This is a very unique time in history, and your family will mark it with a printed 8″x10″ photo of your best shot, and digital photos from your shoot on USB. Due to the ongoing physical distancing restrictions of 10 people per gathering, a maximum of 9 family members may take part in the photo session (the professional photographer makes 10).

Your video should be no more than 3 minutes long and include:

  1. How your family is coping with physical distancing, and
  2. Words of encouragement from your family to others

If you don’t have a device to record video, call us and we’ll come and safely record for you!

Submit your video by email to: family.system.nav@gbtel.ca, or by Facebook Messenger to @nawashFWBP.

Don’t wait! The submission deadline is Friday, July 10, 2020, at 4:30 PM.

Call us the Family Well-being Office with any questions at 519-534-4445. Leave your name and a contact number and we will call you back. We monitor our voicemail daily.

Neyaashiinigmiing Opens to Non-Resident Members

Beginning  July 6, 2020, Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation will welcome non-resident band members who wish to visit the community. Safety precautions are being taken to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19, and to protect the health of both community and non-resident members.

Please read the following safety restrictions. If you feel you cannot follow these restrictions, plan your visit for another time.

  1. All persons shall comply with Council motions, federal, and provincial orders, legislation and recommendations relating to COVID-19 pandemic and curbing its spread
  2. No person experiencing COVID-19 symptoms shall enter Chippewas of Nawash lands
  3. No person who has received a positive COVID-19 test result, or who has pending results of a test, may enter Chippewas of Nawash Lands until they receive a negative test result
  4. No person who has been in close contact with someone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or someone who has taken a COVID-19 test, shall enter Chippewas of Nawash lands for a period of 14 days from date of that contact, or until that person has received a negative COVID-19 test result
  5. Any person developing COVID-19 symptoms while visiting Chippewas of Nawash shall immediately self-isolate for a period of 14 days
  6. There shall be no group gatherings of more than 10 people
  7. Each person shall maintain a safe distance of at least 2 metres/6 feet from any person who is not a member of their household.
  8. If safe physical distancing cannot be maintained, a mask covering nose and mouth must be worn by all people within that space.

We will be collecting some information to facilitate contact tracing in the event of a positive or suspected COVID-19 case, and to assist in efficient transit at the monitoring station. This helps protect everyone.  The collected contact information will be kept confidential and will only be used for the specific purpose of contact tracing, and only if required.  All collected contact information will be destroyed 6 months after it is collected, or when the state of emergency is withdrawn by Council, whichever is sooner.

A visiting non-resident band member must submit a request to the Health Centre a minimum of two business days prior to the date of arrival providing the following information:

  • the full name, permanent address and phone number of each person in your visiting group
  • the make, model and vehicle plate number of each vehicle a visitor or group who wishes to enter the reserve will be using
  • where the visitor will be staying while in Neyaashiinigmiing
  • the intended duration of the visitor’s stay

Contact Suzy Jones, Community Health Representative with your information.

Email: healthrep@gbtel.ca

Office Phone: 519-534-0373 ext 224

Cell phone (text or call): 519-375-6896

Limited Number of HelloFresh Meal Boxes Still Available

The Nawash HelloFresh program has been very positively received. We have been able to assist hundreds of member households all over Canada with boxes of delicious fresh food delivered right to their doors. We want to ensure that we use every dollar allocated to this program, so we are happy to announce that there are still a very limited number of HelloFresh food boxes available for off-reserve members who have not yet taken advantage of this great benefit.

To qualify for a HelloFresh food box:

  • You must be a Chippewas of Nawash registered member
  • You must live in Canada
  • You must live outside Neyaashiinigmiing
  • Only one box per household is allowed. Neither you, nor anyone else at your address, has already received a HelloFresh food box under this program

To apply, call our toll-free number, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST, Monday to Friday: 1-844-922-1337

Council Extends Neyaashiinigmiing State of Emergency to July 31

The Council voted today to once again extend the State of Emergency for Neyaashiinigmiing, until July 31. This decision comes on the heels of Ontario extending the Provincial State of Emergency until July 15th. The Council is giving safety the highest priority as Neyaashiinigmiing has a higher percentage of older and health-compromised residents who would be particularly at risk if COVID-19 were to enter the community. Following the existing protocol, Neyaashiinigmiing’s State of Emergency will be reassessed prior to July 31 and a determination made at that time whether the community can and should be safely reopened.

Under the extended State of Emergency, access to Neyaashiinigmiing will remain restricted to residents and registered members.

The Cape Croker Park will remain closed at this time to all campers, including seasonal renters. Seasonal renters of Cape Croker Park lots should contact Nathan Keeshig, Park Manager, with questions or concerns.

Non-members who are leasing or renting properties in Neyaashiinigmiing are asked to respect our closure, which is being mandated for the health and safety of residents. Non-members who are not normally resident in the community will not be admitted at this time. Questions regarding rented or leased properties may be directed to Larissa Johnston, Lands Manager.

 

Convenient Online Application Added for Grocery Gift Card

The Council wants to make it as easy as possible for our member households in Canada to apply for the grocery gift card benefit. In addition to in-person application scheduled in the coming weeks, as well as regular mail, email and toll-free number, we’ve added a simple online application that members can complete with just a smartphone.

Visit the information page to learn more about the benefit and pick the application method that suits you best.

Province of Ontario Announces New Support for Indigenous Businesses

The government of Ontario is providing up to $10 million to Indigenous-owned small and medium sized businesses to help them with much needed capital as the province begins to safely and gradually reopen the economy.

Loans of up to $50,000 will be available to businesses that are either ineligible for, or unable to access, existing federal and provincial COVID-19 response initiatives for small businesses. Funding for the loans is being delivered through the Support for People and Jobs Fund.

Loans will be available through Aboriginal Financial Institutions. Up to 50% of each loan will be in the form of a non-repayable grant, with no interest due on the loan portion until December 31, 2022. Businesses may use these funds to cover general expenses such as payroll, rent, utilities and taxes. They may also be used towards increasing production capacity, developing new products, moving to online marketing, or to make improvements to accommodate social distancing requirements, such as the installation of plexiglass barriers.

For more information, contact:

Alex Puddifant
Minister’s Office
647-201-8821
Alex.Puddifant@ontario.ca

Flavia Mussio
Communications Branch
416-314-9455
Flavia.Mussio@ontario.ca

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs
https://www.ontario.ca/iao

Date Change for Neyaashiinigmiing Grocery Gift Card Distribution

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the grocery gift card distribution scheduled for June 29 to July 2 next week has been rescheduled to Monday July 6th, Tuesday July 7th and Wednesday July 8th, between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, at the Band Office, 135 Lakeshore Boulevard.

A date change is required as, despite our best efforts, we did not receive a guarantee that the supply of gift cards would be delivered to the community before the scheduled distribution date.

We sincerely apologize for the unforeseen delay and thank you for your patience.

Council Announces New Food Security Benefit

The Council, using funds released from the Coldwater Trust, has announced a new program that will provide a $150 grocery gift card to each member household in Canada. Like the Nawash HelloFresh Program that recently concluded, this benefit is limited to Canadian residents only, and will provide one card per household, but it is available to member households in Neyaashiinigmiing as well. Visit the program information page for details on how to apply, and to download the application form. The COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, with no end in sight, but the Council remains committed to assisting members as much as we can during this difficult time.

Community to Remain Closed Until State of Emergency is Lifted

The Council has been considering the challenge of safely reopening the community to off-reserve members, cottagers and campers while the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Even while the province cautiously reopens outside Neyaashiinigmiing, we are taking a slow and and deliberate approach to the issue. At the June 19, 2020 Council session, the Council passed a motion keeping cottages and the Cape Croker Park closed until the State of Emergency is lifted.  Currently, the State of Emergency for Neyaashiinigmiing  is in place until at least June 30, 2020. The Council will reassess the situation at a planned meeting on June 24, 2020 and determine if we are ready to lift the State of Emergency on June 30, or if another extension is required.

Staff are working closely with the Community Emergency Response Group to finish the reopening plan. The plan will be shared with the membership when it is complete, and before steps are taken to relax access restrictions to the community. We recognize that this is a big step for the entire community to take and we feel that the residents of Neyaashiinigmiing should be the first informed when we open our doors again.

Chief Nadjiwon has prepared a video statement on the Council’s decision. Watch it on YouTube.