Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation

Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation

The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation occupy lands on the eastern shore of the Saugeen (Bruce) Peninsula on Georgian Bay. Its Ojibway name is derived from Chief Nawash, who fought alongside Tecumseh in the historical war of 1812 Neyaashiingmiing Indian Reserve No. 27 (formerly Cape Croker) is considered the main reserve with approximately 750 members residing on the territory out of a total population of 2,500. The community is within 26 kilometres of Wiarton, or 250 kilometres from Toronto. Other Nawash lands include Cape Croker Hunting Ground No. 60B, and the Saugeen and Cape Croker Fishing Island Indian Reserve No. 1, which is shared with Saugeen First Nation.

Following the return of its First Nations veterans who voluntarily enlisted in the Second World War, Nawash established a housing loans fund, which has been accessible ever since to community members for the construction of new homes, renovations, additions, as well as emergency repairs. There are 181 privately owned residences out of 260 housing units in the community.

Working with the First Nations Market Housing Fund, Nawash plans to update and enhance its housing policies and processes through the Capacity Development program, and further access the Credit Enhancement program as a means to meet the growing housing needs of its members by offering renovation and homeownership loans.

"The First Nations Market Housing Fund will provide the opportunity for Nawash to refine its structures and processes to conduct Band business that ensures programs and services are viable, and meet the needs of the community. We hope to achieve this working with the FNMHF, and welcome the opportunity to do so.”
— Chief Arlene Chegahno (December 2014)

Contact Information:

Jessica Nadjiwon-Smith, First Nation Administrator
Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation
#135 Lakeshore Blvd.
Neyaashiinigmiing, Ontario
N0H 2T0
Phone: 519-534-1689
Fax: 519-534-2130