Winner Announced in Naming Contest

We are excited to announce the winning entries in the naming contest for new infrastructure!

We will be naming:

  • The new Wharf: Zhimaaganishii Aazhgan (In Honour of Our Veterans)
  • The new Road to the Water Treatment Plant being built: Ralph Akiwenzie Miikan (Ralph Akiwenzie Road)
  • The new Water Treatment Plant itself: Enji-biinaagamig (Where the Water is Cleaned)

We asked members to come up with names for our new builds. All entries were anonymized for consideration by the selection committee of Councilor Solomon King, Lila Johnston, Peter Akiwenzie, and Polly Keeshig-Tobias. Amazingly, all three winning entries were submitted by the same person, Ernestine Baldwin! We want to congratulate and thank her for her winning submissions.  Ernestine has won a prize total of $1500!

Ernestine is a teacher of Anishnaabemowin and an Elder with the Barrie Native Friendship Centre, among her many achievements. She is also the aunt of former Chief Ralph Akiwenzie (bun). We are grateful for her wisdom and gift of language, and look forward to announcing an official naming ceremony for the places at a later date.

Solidarity Day T-Shirt Contest

In the spirit of Solidarity Day, June 21, 2021, we are sponsoring a competition to produce a T-shirt slogan that best represents the resilience of our people.  The slogan will be featured on T-shirts that will be available at the Solidarity Day Event.

All members are encouraged to submit their designs. Submissions can be delivered to the Health Centre, to the attention of Norma Tobey, Home and Community Care Supervisor, or emailed to

All members making submissions will receive a small token of appreciation for participating.  Submissions must be received by May 21, 2021, 4:30 p.m.

The Chippewas of Nawash Health Centre address is:
247 Prairie Rd.
Neyaashiinigmiing, Ont.
N0H 2T0

SON Environment Office Holiday Decorating Contest!

Share your holiday spirit in photos and you could win a family holiday package!

A winner will be chosen at random from each of the following Best Decorated categories:

  • House,
  • Tree,
  • Door/Wreath,
  • Gingerbread House
  • Snowman

This contest is open to all SON (Saugeen First Nation or Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation) Band Members, with a maximum of One winner per household.

Email your photos, name and address to, or send them through Facebook Messenger to @SaugeenOjibway, Environment Office.

Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!