Community & Organizational Partners

Author // Meagan Ann


Wapekeka First Nation is located 26 km Northwest of Big Trout Lake and 451 km northeast of Sioux Lookout in northwestern Ontario. The latitude and longitude of the reserve is 53 N49' and 89 W22'; reserve size is 5,566 hectares. The community has been accessible year round since the airstrip was constructed in 1991. There are approximately 363 Band Members with the majority (328) living on-reserve. The main language spoken is Oji-Cree. Younger people and a portion of the older residents speak English comfortably as a second Language. Local transportation is mainly motorized vehicles such as trucks, cars, and four wheelers as there are developed roads connecting the airport, medical clinic, school and other facilities. Primary transportation is on foot during summer and by snowmobiles during winter.


Wawakapewin First Nation is located on Long Dog Lake in northwestern Ontario. The community is situated along the southeast shoreline of the Ashewieg River. By air Wawakapewin is 580 km north of Thunder Bay, Ontario and the community is accessible by chartered aircraft equipped with either floats or skis. The Asheweig Winter Roads Corporation is responsible for building a winter road network linking five other First Nations and providing access to southern centers through Pickle Lake, ON for approximately two months of the year. The history or Wawakapewin has been handed down through oral tradition from community Elders. The Wawakapewuk are descendants of the people who lived and used this land and its resources for at least 7,000 years. The people of Wawakapewin maintain the practices of hunting, fishing, trapping, and plant gathering.

sh wunn_logoWunnumin

Wunnumin Lake Reserve is situated at a latitude 53˚ N
 and longitude 89˚ W, 
360 km northeast of Sioux Lookout. Wunnumin Lake reserve has been divided into two sections of allotted land; the inhabited land spans 5,855 hectares and the uninhabited, located several kilometers to the east on the southern shores of Wunnumin Lake, includes 3,797 hectares. Approximately 533 residents live on reserve while approximately 96 residents live off reserve. The first language of Wunnumin Lake people is Oji-cree and over half of the population is fluent in English. The community is accessible primarily through air transportation and does not have year-round road access; however, during certain seasons, one can also travel to Wunnimun using the winter trails, winter road system or waterways. Wunnumin Lake and surrounding areas have a large variety of wildlife, aquatic life and forest vegetation. These resources have benefited the local residents both personally and commercially.

fort providenceFort Providence (Zhahti Kue)

Fort Providence is situated on the northeast bank of the Mackenzie River, 233 kilometers southwest of Yellowknife. Located just off the Mackenzie highway, Fort Providence is an important link between communities north and south of the Mackenzie River. It has a population of about 759 people. Its traditional name is "Zhahti Kue," which means, "Mission House."

webequieWebequie First Nation

Webequie is a growing Ojibway community located on the northern peninsula of Eastwood Island on the Winisk Lake, 540 kilometers north of the city of Thunder Bay. It is a fly-in community with limited road access during the winter months. There are 884 band members, with less than half (299) living on reserve.

Tahltan First Nation

Tahltan territory is located in northern British Columbia, Canada and encompasses about93,500 km2. The main reserves of the Tahltan First Nation are located in Telegraph Creek and today the town is home to about 400 residents, of which approximately 350 are of Tahltan ancestry.

NANNishnawbe Aski Nation

Based out of Thunder Bay, NAN is a political territorial organization representing 49 First Nation communities within northern Ontario with the total population of membership (on and off reserve) estimated around 45,000 people. It represents the legitimate, socioeconomic, and political aspirations of its First Nation members of Northern Ontario to all levels of government in order to allow local self-determination while establishing spiritual, cultural,social, and economic independence.