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Shoal Lake 40 First Nation

Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the First Nation
  • Offers a privately-run community store and a Community Hall
  • Provides indoor activities at the school gymnasium and outdoor recreational facilities including a baseball diamond, tennis court, volley ball court and an open field
  • Hosts an Annual Fall Harvest for all community members
  • Provides a Canada Post postal station

Provides the following programs and services:
  • Administration (Band Office)
  • Child Care Centre
  • Economic Development
  • Education Department
  • Education Department, Ojibway Heritage School
  • Health Services, Shoal Lake Medical Centre
  • Health Services, Aboriginal Healing and Wellness
  • Health Services, Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children
  • Health Services, Diabetes Program
  • Health Services, Home Care Program
  • Health Services, Medical Transportation
  • Health Services, National Native Alcohol & Drug Abuse Program
  • Housing Program
  • Ontario Works
  • Ontario Works, Extended Health Benefits
  • Operations and Maintenance
Tribal Council: Bimose Tribal Council (BTC)Political Territorial Organization: Grand Council Treaty #3 (GCT3)Treaty #3
  • Consists of 3 reserves: Shoal Lake 40, the main reserve (10 sq miles) containing community of Indian Bay, Manitoba; Shoal Lake 34B2 Indian Reserve; and Agency 30 which is shared with 12 other First Nations
  • Winter access road opened Jan 31, 2013 to connect community with the Trans Canada Hwy; named Freedom Road after years of struggle to have the road built
  • Community currently accessed during summer months only by barge from landing at Shoal Lake #39 First Nation
  • Federal gov't funding not available for construction of water treatment plant as deemed too costly with no road access; community spends $240,000.00 per year to bring water in on barge from Kenora
  • Dec 2015 - Shoal Lake 40 First Nation is finally getting its road, a step toward ending years of isolation; Construction is planned to begin in early 2016, with the approximately 26-kilometre road to be completed in 2017
  • Construction on Freedom Road began May 2017
  • Nov 2018, On-reserve portion of Freedom Road completed; rest of road build contracted to Sigfusson Northern, and is now slated for completion by March 2019
  • Jun 3rd, 2019 marks the completion and opening of Freedom Road with Shoal Lake 40 finally connected to the TransCanada Hwy
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4:30 pm
Members of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation
Application Process
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Legal Status
(10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
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   Last Updated On November 5, 2019

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