Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation 2020 Remembrance Day Ceremony

Due to the pandemic, the public could not gather for the traditional Remembrance Day ceremony in Neyaashiinigmiing this year. This is an important day for all of us, so we livestreamed the event to allow the membership to participate. We are grateful for and proud of the heroes from our community that have served, and continue so serve, so bravely. Chi-miigwetch!

View the recorded ceremony on YouTube.

Virtual Ceremony Planned for Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is one of the most important days of the year to the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, the time when we proudly and somberly celebrate the bravery, commitment and sacrifice of our many cherished veterans.

Neyaashiinigmiing traditionally observes Remembrance Day with a very well-attended public ceremony. Unfortunately, as it has impacted so many other parts of our lives, the COVID-19 pandemic requires significant restrictions to this year’s ceremony.

In order to keep the participants as safe as possible, particularly the elder veterans, and to comply with provincial restrictions on the size of outdoor gatherings, the Remembrance Day ceremony will not be open to the public. Out of respect and concern for the safety of the colour party and honoured guests, please do not attempt to attend the ceremony in person.

To allow our members to participate in our Remembrance Day observance, we will be live streaming the ceremony to the community from our Facebook page at

While we would all prefer to gather in person, as a family, we are pleased to bring the entire membership together – virtually – to honour our veterans. Please mark your calendars to attend the Remembrance Day live stream.

Date: November 11, 2020
Time: 10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

Water Treatment Plant Construction Launched With Ceremony

A ceremony was held Wednesday morning, on September 23, to mark the start of construction of the new Water Treatment Plant (WTP) and distribution system. The ceremony was attended by community members, Chief Nadjiwon, Councillors, and Water Treatment staff. Water Treatment Manager Fred Dubeau was instrumental in organizing the ceremony.

Paul Nadjiwon led the prayers, offerings and drumming. The ceremony in portions spoke to the Thunderbird that resides in our area, to the manidoog of the land that will be disturbed to put in the new road and WTP, and to the water spirit in the Bay. Representatives of the firms contracted to assess, design and build the WTP and distribution system also attended the ceremony and were pleased to be part of such an important part of our unique development process.

Construction of the new road to the build site will begin in the next week. Access to safe drinking water is a basic human right. While First Nations across Canada struggle with their water supply, clean, fresh water from the tap is often taken for granted by urban, non-Indigenous Canadians. When our new WTP is completed, it will open a new chapter for Neyaashiinigmiing, in which residents will enjoy piped, potable water without the anxiety, inconvenience, and health concerns associated with chronic boil water advisories.

Ceremony Planned for New Water Treatment Plant

A ceremony will be held next Wednesday September 23rd, 2020 at 10:00 AM to celebrate and welcome the new water treatment plant and distribution system being developed.

The ceremony will be held at the intersection of Wilmers Road and Pit Road, and performed by Paul Nadjiwon.

All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.