Video: Chief Nadjiwon Speaks with Dr. Ian Arra

Chief Greg Nadjiwon and Dr. Ian Arra speak in this video recorded at the second COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Neyaashiinigmiing. The Chief and Dr. Arra discuss the success of our COVID-19 mitigations and upcoming steps in our vaccination plan.

The return to normalcy for the community begins with the safe, proven effective COVID-19 vaccine. If you have an pre-existing health condition, please check with your health care provider or the Nawash Health Centre about whether the vaccine is right for you. We urge every adult 18 years and older, who is recommended to receive the vaccine, to be vaccinated at one of our upcoming clinics.

We will be announcing the dates and locations for our next clinics in the days ahead.

Employment Opportunity – Mental Health and Addictions Counsellor

The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation is seeking a qualified Mental Health and Addictions Counsellor. This important role works within a multidisciplinary team to provide prevention, assessment, referral, clinical counselling and follow-up services to Neyaashiinigmiing residents and family members affected by mental health and substance abuse.

Learn more about this opportunity and others on the Employment page.

First Vaccinations Scheduled for Neyaashiinigmiing

We have been advised by Dr. Ian Arra, the Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health, that the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be delivered to Grey Bruce on January 25, 2021. Vaccinations for priority groups will start shortly after the vaccine arrives.

The first recipients in Neyaashiinigmiing will be residents of the Seniors Apartment Complex, which is being regarded as a long-term care facility for the purposes of vaccine distribution. We expect those residents to be vaccinated in the last week of January. Residents of the community who are 70 years and older, not living in the Seniors Apartment Complex, will be vaccinated in the next round of vaccinations, expected in mid-February.

Unfortunately, supplies of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines remain limited worldwide. While a vaccination will be available for everyone eventually, lower priority groups will have to wait for their dose until supply and distribution lines catch up.

Until we are all safely vaccinated, our best strategy remains careful following of the pandemic health and safety guidelines:

  • Wear a mask outside your home.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Watch your distance. Remain at least 2 meters from people you do not live with.

Thank you to all our members, residents and staff for your patience, courage and strength during this difficult time. We look forward to seeing you all again, in person, when the pandemic has passed.

Employment Opportunity – Community Health Representative

The Nawash Health Service is seeking a committed individual to join the team as a Community Health Representative. Reporting to the Health Manager, the Community Health Representative will work with the Health and Wellness team and Programs to provide health care, counselling and prevention/intervention services to approximately 700 on-reserve members of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation community.

Visit the Employment page for more information about this and other opportunities.

Employment Opportunity – Personal Support Worker

Nawash Health and Wellness is seeking a Personal Support Worker. Reporting to the Home and Community Care Nurse Supervisor, the Personal Support Worker provides in and out of home care to seniors, persons with disabilities and those with chronic illnesses. In this role, the candidate will assist with daily living activities such as personal hygiene, dressing, ambulation, meal planning and preparation, light housekeeping, and monitoring of overall health.

See the Employment page for more information about this and other opportunities.

Free Harm Reduction and Health Supplies

The Chippewas of Nawash Health Centre has free Harm Reduction and Health Supplies available for Neyaashiinigmiing residents.

Naloxone kits, sharps containers, condoms and hygiene supplies can be picked up at the Health Centre any time during business hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. You can also call or text 519-375-6896 to arrange an anonymous drop-off.

If you are not sure how to use any of our harm reduction or health materials, training is available for everything we supply. We’re happy to help!

Medical Transportation Available for Neyaashiinigmiing Residents

Not having a vehicle shouldn’t stand in the way of your health. Medical transportation is available for Neyaashiinigmiing residents who need a ride to the Health Centre, to town, or even further, for non-life-threatening treatment or tests.  Residents must call at least 48 hours in advance to book a local trip, or 20 working days in advance of a long distance trip.

Details of the medical transportation service can be found on the Health Service webpage.

For more information, or to book a medical ride, contact Josh King at (519) 534-2165 or (519) 375-6351.