Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation
Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation formerly "Cape Croker" is an Ojibway First Nations reserve on unceded territory in the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada. Along with the Saugeen First Nation, they form the Chippewas of Saugeen Ojibway Territory. Chippewas of Nawash currently has a population of 700 individuals living on the reserve; however, the band roll has approximately 2080 registered in total.
Current Band CouncilEdit
Leaders of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation are elected every two years by the population registered on the band list. The next election date has not yet been set however it will be held around the same time in 2019.
The current Chief and Council are:
- Chief Greg Nadjiwon
- Carlene Keeshig
- Bernard Keeshig
- Anthony Chegahno
- Arlene Chegahno
- Martha Pedoniquotte
- Sydney Nadjiwon
- Peggy Mansur
- Nick Saunders
- Joss-Ann Russell-Taylor
Chippewas of Nawash have three reserves in perpetuity, amassing to 71.83 km² (27.73 sq. mi.): Neyaashiinigmiing 27 (formerly known as Cape Croker 27), Cape Croker Hunting Ground 60B and Saugeen and Cape Croker Fishing Islands 1. Of these three, the 63.81 km² (24.64 sq. mi.) Neyaashiinigmiing 27 is considered the main reserve and Saugeen & Cape Croker Fishing Island 1 is shared with Saugeen First Nation.
- Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation
135 Lakeshore Blvd.
- Neyaashiinigmiing, Ontario N0H 2T0
Phone: (519) 534-1689
Fax: (519) 534-2130
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ( this email will forward to the appropriate department)
FM Radio Station
- 100.1 - CHFN - The Chippewas of Nawash operate a low power FM station that plays an eclectic mix of Rock, country, gospel, and pow wow.
- Community Newsletter Eziwehbak (what's happening)
- Winter Count: Neyaashiinigmiing's History Newsletter
- Dibaudjimoh (no longer publishing)
The Chippewas of Nawash hold a Traditional Pow Wow every year. Chippewas of Nawash is also the home of musician Ira Nadjiwon, Marc Merilainen (Nadjiwon), Jacques Pigeon, Kevin (The Hooch) Lavalley, and Bryden "Gwiss" Kiwenzie who grew up on Nawash.
In 1994, the Nawash and the Saugeen First Nations filed a lawsuit against the Government of Canada; the claims for land, and payment of rent on lands, discussed in early treaties are significant. "The two First Nations are claiming aboriginal title to the lands under the water covering an area of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay from south of Goderich, west to the international border and north to the mid-point between the tip of the Bruce Peninsula and Manitoulin Island; then east to the mid-point of Georgian Bay and south to the southern-most point of Nottawasaga Bay." This suit has yet to be resolved.
The Official Plan for the Town of Saugeen Shores (2014) includes the following comment about this issue: "The Chippewas of the Saugeen First Nation and the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation have filed a Native Land Claim for the islands in the Saugeen River, the lands that border the north side of the Saugeen River and the shoreline from the mouth of the Saugeen River northerly around the Bruce Peninsula."
- Mary Louise McLeod Canada’s Silver Cross Mother for 1972. The first Native woman to be so recognized.
- Basil H. Johnston (1929-2015), writer and educator, residential school survivor
- Verna Patronella Johnston author of "Tales of Nokomis", subject of "I Am Nokomis, Too", by Rosamond M. Vanderburgh, and the Native Women’s Association of Canada 1976 Woman of the Year.
- John Borrows (b. 1963), Professor Borrows, B.A., M.A., J.D., LL.M. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Osgoode Hall Law School), LL.D. (Hons.)(Dalhousie) F.R.S.C., is Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School.
- Lenore Keeshig author of "Emma and the Trees", and "Bird Talk"
- Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, poet, founder of Kegedonce Press
- Clifford Solomon, television actor
- Delmar Ashkewe, (b. 1947), artist
- Chris 'Ice Bear' Johnston, artist
- Mark LaVallee, musician, co-founder of "Chippewa Travellers".
- Polly Keeshig-Tobias, artist, author and illustrator of "The Illustrated History of the Chippewas of Nawash"
- Jeremy Proulx, award-winning actor
- Nyle Johnston, artist
- Adrian Nadjiwon, artist
- Bradley Kiwenzie, artist
- Kevin 'The Hooch' Lavallee, musician
- Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie, musician
- Charmaine Jenner, artist
- Michelle LaVallee, curator, artist, and educator
- Patrick Lavalley, (b. 1968), artist, historian
- Mary Spencer (b. 1984), Canadian, World Champion, Pan AM, and Olympic middleweight boxer
Many Nawash members have gone on to have professional careers in TV, film, theatre and publishing.
- "Chief & Council - Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation". www.nawash.ca.
- "Nawash/Saugeen First Nations Launch Aboriginal Title Lawsuit". Turtle Island Native Network.
- "Official Plan" (PDF). Town of Saugeen Shores. Town of Saugeen Shores. 26 March 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
- "John Borrows - University of Victoria". UVic.ca.
- "paintings by IceBear". Ice Bear Studio.
- "Chippewa Travellers Singers - Powwow Drum Music". chippewatravellers.com.
- "The Website of Actor Jeremy Proulx". The Website of Actor Jeremy Proulx.
- "Saugeen Ojibway Nation History". www.facebook.com.
- "Writers-in-Residence Program: Robin Kimmerer." Archived 2013-04-02 at the Wayback Machine. HJ Andrews Experimental Forest. 2004. Retrieved 17 July 2012.