MMIWG Awareness Week

April 29 – May 5, 2021, is the National Week of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), with May 5 being the National Day of Awareness. We do not forget those tragically lost, and we will not stop fighting for more attention to be brought to the crisis.

To show our support for our daughters, mothers, and sisters, and let the world know we haven’t forgotten, we’re inviting you to share a selfie and your thoughts on MMIWG.

Take a Selfie

We’ve put up a poster at the Monitoring Station at the Coveneys Road entrance to Neyaashiinigmiing. Take a selfie of yourself with the poster or, alternatively, a selfie of yourself with a painted red handprint on your face.

Answer An Important Question

We want to hear your answer to this question: Why do we need to recognize Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG)?


Send us your selfie AND answer to the question for a chance to win:

  1. An original painting done by Janis Migwans
  2. MMIWG beaded necklace
  3. $75.00 Gift Certificate to Peninsula Out of Doors Garden Center

Submit your entry to the Family Wellbeing Facebook Inbox, or by email to

Winners will be drawn by random wheel Friday, May 7, at 1:00 PM.

Family Well-being Spring Community challenge – April 17 to 30

Take advantage of the province-wide stay-at-home order by joining our Spring Challenge!  Simply design a project to improve your space. Then take before and after pictures of your cool project and submit them into the contest for a chance to win some spring prizes!

We have 5 great categories to choose from:

Clean It: Do a spring clean up. Spruce up a spot in the yard that you can see yourself spending more time in!

Repurpose It: Give something old a new use. Recycle/repurpose an item into something new. Add some paint or use as-is in a new way. Your imagination is the only limit!

Sign It: Make a sign that sums up your outdoor space. Paint a rock, a piece of driftwood, or an old flower pot to make a sign for your garden area. Send us a picture of you and your newly installed sign.

Build It: Build/make/create a brand new garden spot in your newly cleaned up area. Flowers, veggies, or herbs – a garden of any type or size is grand!

Transplant It: Move things around for a new look. Plant a tree, break up an overgrown plant into smaller ones, or make a trade with a neighbour.

To Enter:

  • Submit your before AND after pictures to the Family Well-Being Facebook page, by Facebook Messenger. Let us know which category you’re entering with your pictures.
  • One entry per category/household.
  • Individuals who create a submission in all five categories will be entered in for a special garden/yard prize!
  • All valid submissions will be entered into a pool, with the winners selected by random wheel draw.


  • Submit your project pictures by 4:30 PM, Friday, April 30, 2021.

Please call and leave a message if you would like us to come and take pictures for you.

This contest is sponsored by the Family Well-Being program. You can reach us at 519-534-4445.

What’s for Halloween Dinner?

An At-Home Physically Distanced Activity Organized by the Nawash Family Well-being Program

We’re inviting all our Neyaashiinigmiing chefs to get creative and whip up a spooky Halloween-themed meal! Before digging in to your terrifying creation, snap a picture to share with the community.

Send your photos to the Nawash Family Well-being Program on Facebook (@nawashFWBP) or post it your own page and tag us in the picture.

All photos received before midnight on Sunday, November 1 will be entered into a random draw. We will pick four lucky winners on Monday, November 2 at noon. The draw is open to all Neyaashiinigmiing residents.

We’re always happy to answer your questions. Contact the Nawash Family Well-Being Program at 519-534-4445, or on Facebook.

Free Outdoor Fish Canning Workshop

Outdoor Land-based Learning
Proudly presented by the Kikendaasogamig Healthy Living Program, Family Well-Being, and the Fisheries Assessment Program.

Learn how to can fresh fish, from start to finish!

  • Clean and fillet your own fish
  • Prepare for canning
  • The canning process
  • Take home the finished product

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020
Time: 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Maadookii Seniors Centre

Pre-registration is required for this free workshop, as space is limited. Call 519-534-4445 and leave a message to register.

Lunch will be provided. Unfortunately, no transportation is available. This event will be conducted outside. Please dress according to the weather.

COVID-19 is a health risk to all ages. Please bring and wear your mask. Masks and hand sanitizer will also be available at the event. Participants are expected to maintain a physical distance of 2 meters/6 feet from each other.


Emergency Kits for Neyaashiinigmiing Households

The Chippewas of Nawash Administration, in partnership with the Nawash Family Well-Being Program and the Nawash Health Centre, will be delivering Household Emergency Kits to on-reserve households in the coming week.

One kit, containing emergency supplies for 72 hours, will be supplied to each Neyaashiinigmiing household. The kit includes emergency food and water rations, thermal blankets, a first aid kit, a hand-powered flashlight, a radio, and other supplies that could be critical in an emergency.

Crews will be distributing the kits on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Please arrange for someone to be home to receive the kit during one of the delivery periods.

Family Video Community Challenge

The Family Well-Being Program has announced a fun contest for Neyaashiinigmiing resident families to work on this week. Nancy Pedoniquotte, Family Systems Navigator, is inviting families to create a short video showing us how they’re coping with the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, particularly self-isolation and physical distancing.

10 Winners will be randomly drawn from all entries to receive a free mini-photo session, courtesy of ARPS Professional Photography, to be held on Tuesday, July 14th. This is a very unique time in history, and your family will mark it with a printed 8″x10″ photo of your best shot, and digital photos from your shoot on USB. Due to the ongoing physical distancing restrictions of 10 people per gathering, a maximum of 9 family members may take part in the photo session (the professional photographer makes 10).

Your video should be no more than 3 minutes long and include:

  1. How your family is coping with physical distancing, and
  2. Words of encouragement from your family to others

If you don’t have a device to record video, call us and we’ll come and safely record for you!

Submit your video by email to:, or by Facebook Messenger to @nawashFWBP.

Don’t wait! The submission deadline is Friday, July 10, 2020, at 4:30 PM.

Call us the Family Well-being Office with any questions at 519-534-4445. Leave your name and a contact number and we will call you back. We monitor our voicemail daily.