OPP Investigation Ongoing into Untimely Death

There is No Risk to Public Safety

Neyaashiinigmiing, ON
November 5, 2020

To all Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Members:

On Monday, November 2, 2020, our community suffered another tragic loss with the untimely death of Ericka Ashkewe-Jones, age 30.

The Neyaashiinigmiing Police Service and Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called to a home on Nayaushing Road, Neyaashiinigmiing to respond to a report of a person without vital signs. Ms. Ashkewe-Jones was attended to by the Chippewas of Nawash Fire Department and Bruce County Paramedic services but sadly pronounced dead. 

We grieve the passing of Ms. Ashkewe-Jones and share the sorrow of the entire community at a young life taken from us too soon. Our hearts go out to her family and loved ones in this terrible time.

Due to the nature and circumstances of the incident, the OPP Criminal Investigations Branch is conducting an in-depth investigation to determine more details about the cause and manner of Ms. Ashkewe-Jones’ death. The OPP will be in the community for at least two more days conducting their investigation. We will not hear results for several months. Each investigation is unique and we fully expect the police services to take the time necessary to perform a thorough and professional investigation. 

The Council, the Neyaashiinigmiing Police Service and the OPP want to assure the public that there is no risk to public safety. This was an unfortunate and isolated event and there is no threat to community residents.

At this time, let us draw together as a community to respect Ms. Ashkewe-Jones’ memory, to grieve, and to show support for her family. We ask that residents and members refrain from speculation regarding Ms. Ashkewe-Jones’ passing. We will share more information as it becomes available.

All our relations,

Chief Greg Nadjiwon, and the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Council