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Emergency Financing for First Nation Business Owners affected by the COVID-19 Shutdown 

June 9, 2020

Aazhaawe ferry has resumed full schedule.

March 24, 2020

Dear Members,

The Chief and Council want to take this opportunity to update you on what we have been doing to combat the COVID 19 virus. Like everyone in the world, we are unsure of what effects that it will have on ourselves and loved ones. We will continue to work together to ensure our people are safe. Our leadership is constantly monitoring the situation and in regular contact with Provincial and Federal officials.

Social Distancing

We cannot do this alone. We need everyone to stay home (except for those who need to go to work or to buy groceries) and implement Social and Physical Distancing and other health practices to stop the spread of the virus. This will go a long way to combat the spread.  We will ensure that all essential First Nation services continue.

$1000 Member Support Payment

We realize that in this time all members of the First Nation will be affected by the financial impacts of the pandemic. People may be laid off or on a limited income and have difficulty covering basic essentials. That is why we are accessing emergency dollars from our trust for a $1000 Member Support Payment to help everyone get through this.


The First Nation will be using the data which was provided in connection with December’s Coldwater payments.

  • If you received electronic transfer for that payment, we will be depositing these funds to the same account.
  • If you received a cheque then it will be mailed to the same address as we used for payment.
  • If your banking information or address has changed please contact Elwin Earle or Sylvia McCue as soon as possible. Failure to do so could delay your payment.
  • All new members since October 15th, 2019 will need to provide bank direct deposit forms to Elwin or Sylvia.

Our First Nation is strong and we get the strength from our people. Although this pandemic is very serious we know that if we stay diligent and practice all the safety precautions our First Nation will survive this.


Chief and Council



An Emergency Task Force has been implemented and consists of;

Donna Big Canoe

Bill McCue

Pat Big Canoe

Benson Big Canoe

Lauri Hoeg

Lorna Fitzpatrick

Harmony Taylor

Janice Taylor

Any questions or concerns should be directed through the task force.

The task force will be communicating weekly updates every Tuesday to the community regarding what is happening in the media and how we are responding to it.

Information will be available on the CGI website, Facebook and Nish Radio. (Hard copies will NOT be distributed to mitigate virus risks)


Operations and Services

All non-essential band buildings and recreation facilities are closed until further notice. This includes;



resource building

trails building,

school and daycare, (Childcare fees will be stopped during closure)

Community center will only be open for emergency purposes

Health building will be open for pre-scheduled appointments with the nurse or doctor only

Emergency services continue to be in full operation. This includes Fire, Police and First Response Units.

Water treatment plant is operational and will continue to run as is (any questions pertaining to this should be directed to Councillor Benson Big Canoe)

We will keep the community notified as to the status of any community events or gatherings as we move forward

Garbage and recycling pick up will continue

Community Members Responsibilities

Practice Social Distancing, that means 3 meters apart from others.

It is imperative you self-isolate for 14 days if you are returning from travel, this also means from your family that haven’t travelled.

We advise that if you visit elders you practice safe caution before doing so

Members/Residents are asked NOT to bring visitors/guests to the community, this is a time to practice social distancing.

If you are going over ask if family or friends need supplies also

Members who run home businesses are also asked NOT to bring customers to the community.

Stay in touch with others by telephone and technology.

Go outside and enjoy the fresh air but walk to exercise not to socialize.

Reduce the amount of times you go to the mainland for essentials.

Staying Home is the best way to keep our community safe

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