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Fort Severn First Nation

Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the First Nation
  • Offers one main store (Northern) and several small private businesses including "Warchief Native Apparel" that sells a Native clothing line
  • Provides the Niska Inn Hotel
  • Provides a few churches of various denominations
  • Operates a Canada Post postal service
  • Operates a community radio station and a cable television service which includes a local channel to advertise current events and community news
  • Offers a community Internet service and mobile phone (cellular) service
  • Coordinates a Canoe Restoration Project, involving community youth to help restore historic canoes
  • Serviced by daily flights with Wasaya Airways and charter air service; airport maintained and serviced by the Ministry of Transportation Ontario
  • Hosts an annual 3-day fall caribou hunt for community members
  • Participates in the Junior Canadian Rangers Program for youth (12-18 years) which teaches various skills including but not limited to first aid, using rifles safely, hunting and fishing, Native customs and traditions, healthy living, staying in school and drug and alcohol abuse awareness

Provides the following programs and services:
  • Administration (Band Office)
  • Child and Family Services (Tikinagan)
  • E-Centre
  • Economic Development
  • Education Department
  • Education Department, Wasaho Cree Nation School
  • Health Services
  • Health Services, Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children
  • Health Services, Detox Program
  • Health Services, Home and Community Care Program
  • Health Services, National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program
  • Health Services, Nursing Station
  • Health Services, Referral Clerk
  • Health Services, Youth Centre
  • Housing Department
  • Ontario Works
  • Ontario Works, Extended Health Benefits
  • Public Works
Tribal Council: Keewaytinook Okimakanak/Northern ChiefsPolitical Territorial Organization: Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN)Treaty #9
  • Known as the most northern community in Ontario, Fort Severn is on the edge of the treeline and is only accessible year-round by air, during summer months by waters of Hudson Bay and during winter months by ice road (Wapusk Trail) from Peawanuck in the east and Gillam, Manitoba in the west
  • Land area of community is approx 15 sq km
  • Fort Severn is a dry community and ALL arriving passengers at airport and via winter road undergo a luggage check for alcohol and/or illegal substances
  • Niska Inn Hotel: 807-478-2657; for reservations call 807-478-2572
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-5 pm
Members of Fort Severn First Nation
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(10) Local Government
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   Last Updated On March 13, 2020

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