Whitefish River First Nation

Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the community members
  • Serviced by air through Manitoulin East Municipal Airport in Little Current
  • Provides several stores operated by community members such as Wolfie's Confectionary, Mary's Take Out & Catering, D & D Trading Post and General's Store
  • Offers private businesses such as snow plowing, masonry, woodworking, 2 marinas and a campground
  • Owns Birch Island Construction Company Ltd which is overseen by an independent Board of Directors
  • Operates the Band-owned Rainbow Lodge
  • Participates in ownership of the Manitoulin Island Hotel & Conference Centre with five other First Nations and the Great Spirit Circle Trail (GSCT), a Manitoulin-based business that offers experiential tourism packages to people who want to experience First Nations culture
  • Provides a Public Library
  • Publishes an online monthly community newsletter called "Rezound"
  • Hosts an annual Wawaskinaga Traditional Powwow in August at Sunshine Alley

Offers the following programs and services:
  • Administration (Band Office)
  • Economic Development
  • Education Department
  • Education Department, Maamewe Kendaasing Childcare Centre
  • Education Department, Shawanosowe School
  • Health Clinic
  • Health Clinic, Child and Family Well Being Program
  • Health Clinic, Home and Community Care Program
  • Health Clinic, Medical Transportation Program
  • Health Clinic, Mental Health and Addictions
  • Health Clinic, National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program
  • Housing Department
  • Lands Office
  • Maamwe Kendaasing Child Care Centre
  • Membership Department
  • Ontario Works
  • Ontario Works, Extended Health Benefits
  • Public Library
  • Public Works Department
  • Seven Fires Youth and Elders Centre
  • Volunteer Fire Department
Tribal Council: United Chiefs & Councils of Mnidoo Mnising (UCCMM) Political Territorial Organization: Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) Robinson-Huron Treaty
  • Consists of 1 main community known as Whitefish River 4 with a land area of approx 56.7 sq km
  • Chief Franklin Paibomsai is known to community members as Chief Shining Turtle
Members of Whitefish River First Nation
Application Process
No application process
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Legal Status
(10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
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Agency Information
211 Ontario North
Last Verified On April 11, 2018

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