Employment Opportunity – Police Supervisor

The Neyaashiinigmiing First Nation Police Service is seeking a qualified Professional Police Officer/Supervisor. Applicants must be an experienced officer with the required skills and knowledge to fulfill a leadership role within the Neyaashiinigmiing Police Service, be able to provide operational supervision of personnel, and perform administrative and other operational duties as assigned.

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

Safe Winter Driving Tips

Driving during winter weather and road conditions requires extra caution and preparedness to increase your safety and minimize risk. Following a few basic tips will help you and your passengers arrive safely at your destination.

Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter

  • Install four winter tires on your vehicle. The tread design and rubber compound of a winter tire differs from all-season tires,  improving traction and reducing stopping distance on snow and ice.
  • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained. Ensure your windshield wipers are in good condition. Wipers designed for winter are best. Keep the washer fluid reservoir adequately filled with winter washer fluid.
  • Try to keep your gas tank at least half full at all times.
  • Keep an emergency winter kit in your vehicle. Some useful items include, blanket, winter clothing, booster cables, portable shovel, flashlight, and a non-perishable emergency food supply ( nuts, dried fruit and protein bars work well).

Winter Driving

  • Adjust your driving according to road and weather conditions. Slow down and allow greater stopping distances. Give yourself extra time to reach your destination.
  • Avoid quick acceleration, hard braking and abrupt turns. All of these actions risk the loss of traction and steering control.
  • Before driving, take time to properly defrost and clean your vehicle of snow including headlights and tail lights. You will see better and others will see you better.
  • Drive with your headlights and tail lights on at all times. (Daytime running lights will not illuminate tail lights on most vehicle models).
  • Watch for snow plows, sanders and other road maintenance equipment. Give them space to safely perform their jobs.
  • Obey closed road signs. Roads are closed for your safety. Travelling on closed roadways may also void your vehicle insurance coverage.
  • The safest option is to avoid travel during poor weather and road conditions unless absolutely necessary.

Enjoy a safe and happy holiday!

Vince Wurfel, Supervisor
Neyaashiinigmiing First Nation Police

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

Employment Opportunity: Police Constable Recruit

The Rama Police Service is a progressive, community-oriented police service seeking to identify the best candidate to serve the Rama First Nation residents, employees and visitors. This position offers the successful candidate the opportunity to receive basic constable training at the Ontario Police College under a term contract that will prepare them for a long and rewarding career in law enforcement. Applications close October 30, 2020.

Read full posting for more details. Visit the Employment Opportunities page to see this and many other available jobs.

Fraudulent CERB Over-payment Calls

Neyaashiinigmiing Police have issued a warning about a new telephone fraud scam:

CERB Over-Payment Fraudulent Calls

There have been recent reports of fraudulent callers, advising people that they have received a Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) over-payment. The caller may immediately ask you to “confirm” your name, as these are random calls and they do not know the identity of who they are calling. The caller will strategically use the victim to self-disclose identifying information.

In these cases the callers may make attempts to immediately retrieve all or partial payment of a fictitious over-payment amount. In some cases the fraudster may offer you a “reduced” payment amount if you respond immediately.

This is a common tactic of fraudsters, to entice you to act immediately through threat of negative consequences or stated benefit.

If you receive any such calls, hang up immediately. Do not provide any personal information. If you have any doubts about the validity of the call, contact a verified Canada Revenue Agency website or phone number.

Respectfully,
Vince Wurfel- Supervisor
Neyaashiinigmiing Police

Neyaashiinigmiing Police Update

SOCIAL GATHERINGS
We are all experiencing unprecedented times and uncertainty in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us continue to miss the personal contact with family, friends and loved ones. This is understandable, though these sacrifices are helping keep you, your family and the community safe from a COVID-19 outbreak and have contributed to seeing an encouraging downward trend in new cases across the province.

With the Spring weather and holiday weekend upon us, it becomes more tempting to engage in social gatherings. While there has been short-term positive progress in the fight against this pandemic, we all must remain diligent with physical distancing and personal protective practices in order to continue this positive trend and avoid a secondary spike in COVID-19 cases.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND CIVIL PROTECTION ACT
Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) the province has implemented many emergency orders for the purpose of controlling the spread of COVID-19 in communities. These orders remain in effect until at least May 19th, 2020 at which time the province may elect to extend some or all of these orders further.

While the province has recently amended some restrictions to essential services and retail outlets, an order under the EMCPA continues to prohibit public or social gatherings of greater than 5 persons. This does not apply to five or more persons who reside in the same household. This order applies to social gatherings on either public or private property. The Neyaashiinigmiing Police will take all reasonable and appropriate steps to achieve voluntary compliance through education. However, any person who fails or refuses to comply with this order is subject to a $750.00 fine under the EMCPA.

Let’s continue to protect and respect the most vulnerable in our community and get through this pandemic safely and in good health.

Respectfully,
Vince Wurfel- Supervisor
Neyaashiinigmiing Police