Upcoming First-Dose COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

The Nawash Health Centre is holding a first-dose COVID-19 vaccination clinic Saturday, May 15, from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Kikendaasogamig Elementary School, by appointment ONLY. This clinic is open to all members of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, Saugeen First Nation or other First Nations persons in the Grey Bruce area, 16 years or older. Call the Nawash Health Centre at 519-534-0373 to make your vaccination appointment, or register online.

Priority Group: All members of Chippewas of Nawash, Saugeen First Nation or other First Nations persons in the Grey Bruce area, 16 years or older
Dose: This is a first dose clinic, but we will have a limited number of second doses for persons who have not yet received their second shots.
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Kikendaasogamig Elementary School, Neyaashiinigmiing
Register: Please call the Nawash Health Centre at 519-534-0373, or register online

The COVID-19 pandemic is emotionally challenging for everybody. It’s been a difficult year, separated from our extended families and friends, the activities that bring us joy and relaxation, and even unable to meet with co-workers. Happily, approved and safe COVID-19 vaccines are finally offering a way out of this worldwide crisis. Widespread vaccination is our eventual path back to normalcy and control over our own lives. A vaccine isn’t just a shot in the arm – it’s a little dose of hope.

The decision to get vaccinated is a personal choice, one with potential implications for the health and safety of people around you as well. We will continue to share vaccine information and make vaccinations available to members who want them. We encourage everybody who is eligible for, and can tolerate the vaccine, to be vaccinated at the earliest opportunity.

If you have not been vaccinated yet, we look forward to seeing you at a vaccination clinic soon! Whether vaccinated or not, all community members are asked to continue to observe pandemic protocols to help keep the community safe.

  • Wear a mask outside your home.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Watch your distance and stay 2 meters away from people you don’t live with.

Stay-at-home Order Announced for the Entire Province

As has been expected for days, the Ontario government announced on April 7, 2021 that the province would enter a period of lockdown beginning April 8, in response to an alarming spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. The move by the province comes on the heels of what officials had called an “emergency brake”, also aimed at stopping the rise in cases.

The new stay-at-home order is a more concerted attempt to prevent the virus from running out of control before widespread vaccinations have a chance to dampen the spread. The shutdown is expected to last a minimum of 4 weeks.

In Neyaashiinigmiing, the CNUFN Council had already imposed a lockdown in concert with the emergency brake, following the guidelines for a Grey Zone in the province’s Emergency Response Framework. As that is the highest level of prevention and preparedness, additional measures will not be imposed in the community of Neyaashiinigmiing at this time.

Band Offices and Programs are expected to remain open until further notice. In-person staff levels may be impacted, depending on the office, as well the number of in-person services available to the public during the lockdown. Before visiting an office, please call ahead to confirm that the office is open and the specific service you’re seeking is available.

We want to assure all residents and members that our community remains safe and healthy. We know that another lockdown is frustrating and unwelcome, but each day and every vaccination brings us a step closer to the end of the pandemic and recovery from the profound impact this health crisis has had on our community.

If you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 yet, please call the Nawash Health Centre at 519-534-0373 to schedule your potentially life-saving shot. Whether you have been vaccinated or not, keep the people around you safe and continue to follow pandemic safety protocols.

  • Wear a mask outside your home.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Watch your distance and remain at least 2 meters from people you don’t live with.

We are immensely grateful for the patience, strength and support of all our community members. Stay healthy, stay strong! Miigwech!

Province of Ontario to Impose an Emergency Brake Period

In response to an alarming rise in the number of cases of COVID-19 in the province, the Ontario government is imposing an emergency brake, as of April 3, 2021. This shutdown, while not called a “lockdown”, will still follow the Grey Zone lockdown guidelines set out in the provincial colour-coded COVID-19 response framework.

To stay in sync with the Provincial direction, the Council of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation has decided to move Neyaashiinigmiing into lockdown as of April 3, 2021, as well. Band programs and offices will remain open with strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols. While in lockdown, the use of public indoor fitness facilities is prohibited. During the emergency brake period, provincial regulations with respect to pandemic restrictions are in effect, and enforceable on the reserve. You can review a summary of how the lockdown may impact businesses and individuals in Neyaashiinigmiing here.

The pandemic is not over, but Neyaashiinigmiing has been and remains a safe and healthy community, thanks to the patience, wisdom, and strength of our residents. We know that yet another lockdown is difficult for all of us, but we will survive this one, and as many more as necessary until the pandemic is behind us.

Our best course of action now is to be strong, support each other, and get vaccinated as soon as we can. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and our only path out of the pandemic. A majority of adults 16+ in Neyaashiinigmiing have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with each shot making us a little safer, and bringing us one step closer to normalcy. If you haven’t received your COVID-19 vaccination, make an appointment today.

Remember: always keep the people around you safe. Continue to follow pandemic safety protocols.

  • Wear a mask outside your home.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Watch your distance and remain at least 2 meters from people you don’t live with.

Weekend COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for SON Members and FN Persons

To serve members who have not been able to reach one of our weekday vaccination clinics, our incredible health staff will be holding another weekend vaccination clinic on Saturday, April 17, at the Kikendaasogamig Elementary School in Neyaashiinigmiing. Organized by the Nawash Health Centre, in collaboration with the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit, the clinic is open to any First Nations person in the Grey Bruce area, their spouses, and children 16 years and older.

The clinic will be by appointment ONLY. Drop-ins will not be allowed.

This is primarily a second dose clinic, but we will have a limited number of first doses for persons who have not yet received any COVID-19 vaccination. If you have already received a first dose, Nawash Health Centre staff will contact you to schedule your second shot.

Please call the Nawash Health Centre at 519-534-0373 to make an appointment for your first dose. You will need the Health Card numbers of everybody in your family who will be vaccinated. You can also conveniently register online at: https://www.nawash.ca/covid-19-vaccination-registration/

Priority Group: All members of Chippewas of Nawash, Saugeen First Nation or other First Nations persons in the Grey Bruce area, 16 years or older
Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Kikendaasogamig Elementary School, Neyaashiinigmiing
Register: 519-534-0373, or online

We have been incredibly fortunate with our access to the life-saving vaccines. To speed our recovery from the pandemic, and guarantee the safety of our membership, our goal is to vaccinate every eligible member and their households. Do your part to protect our relations by scheduling your vaccination today!

Not sure if the vaccine is right for you? The Nawash Health Centre is standing by to answer any of your vaccination questions.

There are still many unvaccinated people in our communities. Whether you have been vaccinated or not, keep the people around you safe and continue to follow pandemic safety protocols.

  • Wear a mask outside your home.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Watch your distance and remain at least 2 meters from people you don’t live with.

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Planned for all SON Members

The Nawash Health Centre, in collaboration with the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit, is holding a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for all SON members, to be held on Thursday, March 25. The clinic will be by appointment ONLY. Drop-ins will not be allowed.

The clinic will be held at the Bayshore Community Centre in Owen Sound, and open to all members of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, their spouses, and children 16 years and older, regardless of their place of residence. The Saugeen Ojibway Nation is the combined members of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation and the Chippewas of Saugeen First Nation. The clinics will also be open to any First Nations person in the Grey Bruce area, their spouses, and children 16 years and older.

Please call the Nawash Health Centre at 519-534-0373 to make your appointment. You will need the Health Card numbers of everybody in your family to be vaccinated. You can also conveniently register online at: https://www.nawash.ca/covid-19-vaccination-registration/

Priority Groups: SON Members, spouses, and children 16+; All First Nations persons in the Grey Bruce area, spouses, and children 16+
Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Time: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: Bayshore Community Centre, Owen Sound
Register: 519-534-0373, or online at:

This clinic will be able to vaccinate an additional 150 people. We hope to have a significant percentage of Indigenous people in the area vaccinated soon. Protect your community, your family, and yourself, and schedule your vaccination today. It’s free, quick, and could save a life.

Wide-spread vaccination against the COVID-19 virus is the least painful path out of the current pandemic. We cannot risk the health and lives of our relations and loved ones by letting the virus simply run its course through the community. Vaccination is also the fastest way to safely reach a point where we can begin relaxing the necessary safety protocols that have impacted our lives so heavily. With those goals in mind, we will continue to do everything we can to get the effective, life-saving COVID-19 vaccines to as many of our people as possible.

Vaccination Clinic Open to All Members in the Grey Bruce Area

The Nawash Health Centre is holding a COVID-19 vaccination clinic Wednesday, March 17, from 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM at the Kikendaasogamig Elementary School, by appointment ONLY. This clinic is open to all Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Members in the Grey Bruce area, who are 16 years or older. Please call the Nawash Health Centre as soon as possible to make your vaccination appointment: 519-534-0373.

Priority Group: Members in the Grey Bruce area, who are 16 years or older, and who have not received a first dose
Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Kikendaasogamig Elementary School gymnasium
Register: 519-534-0373

Our community COVID-19 vaccination is proceeding well. Our goal is to fully vaccinate 75%-80% of the adults in Neyaashiinigmiing, to achieve herd immunity. We are well on our way towards that goal. In the coming weeks, residents who have already received a first dose will begin receiving their second and final dose of the Pfizer vaccine, with the full measure of immunity developing about 10-14 days later. We still have many people left to vaccinate, however.

All of the Council and most of our staff have now received at least a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Our vaccine program is of critical importance because it is our only practical way out of the pandemic. Suggestions that we allow the virus to sweep through the community to build immunity are simply not acceptable. COVID-19 is a serious and often fatal illness. We must be vaccinated, and as quickly as possible.

It is also a poor idea to delay being vaccinated on the theory that if our neighbours take the vaccine then we don’t have to. An unvaccinated person is still at risk of catching and transmitting the virus to every unvaccinated person around them, including their family members, friends, children, and those who are immuno-compromised. For the sake of all our relations, please get your vaccination as soon as possible.

We look forward to seeing you at a vaccination clinic soon! Whether vaccinated or not, all community members are asked to continue to observe pandemic protocols until further notice.

  • Wear a mask outside your home.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Watch your distance and stay 2 meters away from people you don’t live with.

Still Need Your Shot?

Our first two vaccination clinics were held at the Maadookii Seniors Centre and catered to the elderly and vulnerable living in the Seniors Apartment Complex and around the reserve. 73 residents were given the first dose of the two-dose Moderna vaccine.  On Wednesday, March 10, we will reach a significant milestone in our battle against COVID-19, when these first vaccine recipients receive their second dose of the Moderna vaccine. While it will take 2-3 weeks for their COVID-19 immunity to fully develop, we will have our first group of fully vaccinated residents! If you received your first COVID-19 vaccination at the Maadookii Seniors Centre, please contact the Health Centre to ensure you are scheduled for your second dose at the March 10 clinic.

The Nawash Health Centre is holding a third large vaccination clinic on Wednesday, March 17 to provide residents and staff with a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The planned clinic will administer the first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which requires two doses to reach maximum effectiveness. After the first dose is given, the vaccinated person must wait a minimum of 4 weeks before receiving the second shot. Any Neyaashiinigmiing residents or staff, who are at least 16 years old, and have not yet received a first dose of any COVID-19 vaccine, should contact the Health Centre immediately to schedule their shots at the March 17  clinic.

Call the Nawash Health Centre at 519-534-0373 for the following clinics:

Priority Group: Residents who received the Moderna first dose at the Maadookii Seniors Centre
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Maadookii Seniors Centre

Priority Group: All residents over 16 years of age who have not received a first dose
Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Kikendaasogamig Elementary School gymnasium

In the weeks following the March 17 first-dose clinic, we will begin scheduling second-dose clinics. More information will be announced as soon as it is available.

We are pleased with our vaccination progress and urge all residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Whether vaccinated or not, all community members are asked to continue to observe pandemic protocols until further notice.

  • Wear a mask outside your home.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Watch your distance and stay 2 meters away from people you don’t live with.