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Ekowaamjigaadeg Inwewin ~ Language Nest Program


The Language Nest Program is a community based health promotion and ill-health prevention program for The Chippewas of Nawash. The program promote health thought learning-related activities that strive to increase awareness, change attitudes, build knowledge and enhance skills, that help to improve the quality of, and access to, cultural, holistic and community directed mental-health at the community level, through the Ojibwe language.

The elements of mental health activities include training, planning, consultation and information exchange.

The under the Brighter Futures funding, the Language Nest Program is intended for all members of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nations community.

 Activities are to

•Deliver culturally appropriate and holistic community-based projects and programs to community,
by training, planning, consultation and information exchange 
• Develop and circulate cultural resources materials, 
• Providing training opportunities of community members; 
• Help to develop positive attitudes, values and skills that have roots on their cultural heritage; and 
• Program standards and networks


Language Nest Updates

Updated Forms for Guests to Neyaashiinigmiing

By resolution of the Council, as of October 3, 2020, Resident and Non-Resident Band Members may bring guests to visit in Neyaashiinigmiing without requiring an access letter.

Visitor Information Forms must be completed by all guests prior to entry. Guests may bring completed forms with them to the community entrance, or complete forms at the monitoring station when entering.

All guests must be sponsored by a Band Member at the time of entry. Guests must follow existing COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

The information being collected is to assist with contact tracing in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in Neyaashiinigmiing, and will not be used for any other purpose. All information collected will be destroyed after six months.

Visitor Information Forms are available on

Civic-Minded Members Sought for Committees

The Council is seeking interested and active Chippewas of Nawash members to sit on several open committees dealing with pressing issues in the community. Effective committees combine the perspectives of elected officials, staff and civilians together into a working whole. The input of civilian members in governance committees is invaluable to the proper and efficient functioning of the Administration and helps ensure that the needs of members are being appropriately met.

We are currently seeking members to sit on the Capital Committee, Social Development Committee and Matrimonial Real Property Committee.

Members interested in working with a committee can find more information on the application form. If you don’t have a printer, paper copies of the application form can also be picked up at the Band Office. The deadline for application is November 6, 2020, at 4:30 PM.

Employment Opportunity – Housing Manager

The Housing Department is seeking a qualified Housing Manager for our Housing Program. The successful candidate will be responsible for the efficient management of the band Housing Program in accordance with the CNUFN Housing policy and procedures.

See the Employment Opportunities page for more information about this and other exciting roles with the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation.

Reconciliation Garden Project Seeks Artists

The Gitche Namewikwedong Reconciliation Garden Project in Owen Sound is seeking expressions of interest from Artists to design, create and install a sturgeon sculpture in the Reconciliation Garden, located in Kelso Park, Owen Sound.

Full details of the project will be sent to participating artists on November 15th. Email Thomas Dean at to express your interest.

Visit the Reconciliation Garden Project’s Facebook page for more details.



Community Language Development Worker
Polly Keeshig-Tobias

telephone: 519-378-8323
Cape Croker United Church Manse
4 Pit Road
Neyaashiinigmiing Ontario,
N0H 2T0

Mailing address:
135 Lakeshore Blvd.
Neyaashiinigmiing, Ontario.
N0H 2T0



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