Council Considers Property Purchase on Purple Valley Road

The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Council is considering the purchase of the property at 952 Purple Valley Road, bordered on the west by Purple Valley Road, and the north by McIvor Road. The proposal has been forwarded to the Coldwater Trust for assessment and consideration. View the real estate listing here: https://www.realtor.ca/real-estate/22688987/952-purple-valley-road-purple-valley

The property is situated on almost 200 acres and is almost adjacent to the First Nation (there is property between the First Nation, and this sale, that is owned by the Bruce Trail Association and the Conservation Authority). The house has 10 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, a commericial kitchen, sauna, pool, maple syrup operation, several outbuildings – the barns and pastures are currently rented to a local farmer, the drive shed has an engine hoist, large commercial freezer, and a large storage area. The home was used as a Bed and Breakfast, there is one Bunkie also on the property that was rented out and an outdoor barbeque area with pizza oven and running water.

The house comes FULLY furnished, including items in the outbuildings such as a large tractor with plow, small backhoe, etc.

There is a lot of potential for economic development. The purchase of the house and property would also allow time to conduct a feasibility study and community consultation on a Residential Aftercare Program which would offer life skills and trades in such areas as automotive, carpentry, culinary, farming, maple syrup, gardening, life guard, equine therapy, etc. as an example.

The listing is for $2,500,000.00. The furnishings and equipment included, and the size of the property need to be considered when looking at the asking price.

Funds for the purchase may come from the Coldwater Trust as the Coldwater Trust Agreement allows for funds to be used to purchase lands for the First Nation’s benefit. The Council believes that the addition of real estate to the Coldwater Trust portfolio will diversify the fund.

The Council is seeking the membership’s feedback on the proposed purchase. Tell us what you think by completing our brief survey here: Feedback Survey. You can also pick up a paper copy of the survey from the Band Office during business hours

Coldwater Trust Issues RFP for Trust Evaluation

The Edkaagmik Nbiizh Neyaashiinigamiingninwag Edbendaagzijig Trust (ENNET), also known as the Coldwater Trust, is seeking quotes from individuals or organizations to conduct an evaluation of ENNET since its inception. The Trust has been making disbursements and generating income for the Band since 2013. The Trust would like its operation evaluated on a number of points, including:

  1. Has the Trust met objectives outlined in the trust agreement?
  2. What has been the impact of investments through the proposal-driven process?
    • Were the goals of funded projects met?
    • What are the strengths?
    • Where have investments not achieved outcomes and what were the barriers?
  3. How effective has the proposal-driven process been in guiding the decisions?
  4. What is the community perception of the trust? Does the community consider the trust effective?
  5. How does the Trust measure against other similar trusts?

The winning bid will develop a work plan and detailed budget, perform the evaluation and produce a final report.

Please read the complete RFP for more information, including submission details. A printed copy of the RFP can also be requested at the Band Office.

Quotes will be accepted until February 11, 2021.

Coldwater Trust Accepting Applications

The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Coldwater Trust is accepting applications for Trust funds until Friday, September 18, 2020, at 4:30 PM. The application and further information can be found on the Coldwater Trust website.

Grocery Gift Card Program Expanded to International Members

The Coldwater Trust Board has expanded the Grocery Gift Card program to now include all Chippewas of Nawash member households worldwide. Canadian members applying under the program will continue to receive a $150 grocery gift card, valid at many Canadian stores. It would be logistically challenging, however, to provide an equivalent gift card in the many places that our members live. International members will instead receive a transfer of funds equivalent to $150 CAD in their local currency.

The application process and limitations remain the same for all members. This is a one-time benefit that may only be claimed by ONE member per household.

Gift cards for Canadian members will be sent by regular mail. International members will be contacted by the Coldwater Trust manager to arrange a transfer once their applications have been approved.

As the pandemic persists, we are concerned about the health and well-being of all our members, wherever they live. We urge all member households that haven’t yet taken advantage of this great benefit to apply today.

Coldwater Trust Annual General Meeting

The Coldwater Trust will be holding the annual general meeting on June 18, 2020, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM. As large gatherings are still prohibited due to the risk of COVID-19 transmission, the AGM will be held online.

Register in advance to attend the meeting and have your name entered into a draw for door prizes.

Email your name to the Corporate Trustee, Glen Delbel at glen.delbel@scotiawealth.com.

The Coldwater Trust was created out of settlement funds negotiated as compensation for the loss of the Coldwater lands. The Trust is managed by ScotiaWealth to the benefit of all Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation members. The AGM is important for members to learn the status of the Trust, how it is being managed now and how it will continue to create benefits for members into the future. Please consider registering your intent to attend.