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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

Large Item Pick-Up Scheduled for June 16

The Nawash Roads Department advises that Large Item Pick-Up will begin on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. If you have a large household item to dispose of, mark your calendar now and get ready to de-clutter your space. Large items include things like furniture, appliances, and household machinery.

All large items must be left at the road side, out of traffic, and arranged neatly and safely for pick up. No back tracking is available.

Note that only large household items will be accepted. The crews will not pick up loose or bagged trash. The Nawash Landfill is open to all residents, every Thursday and Saturday, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM for trash disposal.


School to Remain Closed for Remainder of Semester

The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Board of Education have carefully monitored the developments of the pandemic. In the interest of protecting the health and safety of our children, families, staff and community, the Kikendaasogamig Elementary School will remain closed until the end of June.

The Board recognizes that education instruction and learning has taken an unusual turn in light of the current circumstances.  We also know, however, that our students, families and staff have risen to the challenges and shown determination and commitment to their educational achievements.

We will continue to work toward the evolution of education through 2020. Creative ways to acknowledge graduation milestones for students of grade 8 and grade 12 are currently being explored.   A Summer Learning Initiative is also being considered to not only combat summer learning loss, but to maintain connections with other students and teachers, support students with special learning needs and to further prepare students for fall 2020.

The standard school year format is currently being researched and examined to not only accommodate the potential continuation of online learning, but also to be more balanced and inclusive of land-based learning and the unique culture of our community and our nation.

For social or emotional supports, please contact one of the following health or mental health resources:



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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