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Shoal Lake 40 First Nation

Economic Development

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Responsible for stimulating local economy and developing economic initiatives and opportunities for the community
  • Provides information, training and educational workshops to enhance employability skills
  • Posts employment opportunities in office
  • Works to access funding for Band-owned business ventures
  • Provides coaching in areas such as business plan development and assistance in obtaining financial support for people wanting to start own business
  • Facilitates economic development strategic planning sessions
Economic initiatives Shoal Lake #40 First Nation is involved with include:
  • Belongs to the Ontario First Nations Economic Developers Association (OFNEDA)
  • Participates as a partner of the Niiwin Wendaanimok Partnership which currently provides employment opportunities on the highway twinning between Manitoba and Kenora
  • On-going efforts towards making Freedom Road a permanent, all-season road which connects the community to the Trans Canada highway
  • Announcement made on Dec 17, 2015 that the $30-million Freedom Road will begin construction in early 2016
  • Construction of 24-km road began in May 2017 with the 8.7 km on-reserve stretch scheduled to be completed by end of Oct 2017 and 15 km of road and bridgework to the Trans-Canada Highway to be completed by next fall
  • On-reserve road completed with rest of road build contracted to Sigfusson Northern, and slated for completion by March 2019
  • Freedom Road completed with grand opening June 3-6, 2019
  • Sept 6, 2019 contract was awarded for a $33-million water treatment project which includes the construction of a water treatment plant, reservoir, raw water intake structure, and lift station; construction is expected to be completed by December 2020, and the work will be done by Shoal Lake 40 Contractors LP/Sigfusson Northern Ltd; construction delayed and started in summer 2020
  • Completion and grand opening of new water treatment plant in Sept 2021; 24-year boil water advisory (BWA) lifted
  • In Oct 2018, a Unity Agreement was entered into by Shoal Lake 40 First Nation and 3 other First Nations with the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO), to mark the start of the Niiwin Wendaanimok (Four Winds) Partnership, for the process of twinning parts of Hwy 17 from Kenora to eastern Manitoba
Members of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation
Application Process
Call for information
807-733-1605 - Band Office
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Mailing Address
Shoal Lake #40 Band Office
PO Box 6, Kejick Post Office
Shoal Lake, ON, P0X 1E0
Tania Bruyere, Councillor, Economic Development
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211 Ontario North
Last Verified On
November 17, 2023
Band Office
Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, ON, P0X 1E0
  • Functions as the Band Office of the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation
  • Reserve is approx 67 km SW of Kenora, 200 km E of Winnipeg and straddles border between Ontario and Manitoba
  • 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
  • Community cut off from mainland for many years until construction of Freedom Road began May 2017
  • Jun 3rd, 2019 marked the completion and opening of Freedom Road with Shoal Lake 40 finally connected to the TransCanada Hwy

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Hours of Operation
0900 to 1600
0900 to 1600
0900 to 1600
0900 to 1600
0900 to 1600

Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4 pm
Service Area(s)
Shoal Lake 40 First Nation