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Tribal Council: Windigo First Nations Political Territorial Organization: Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) Treaty #9
  • Reserve is only accessible by air year-round and a seasonal winter road from Windigo Lake north through Muskrat Dam
  • Consists of 3 settlements all connected by gravel road; total land area is 126 sq km
  • Bearskin Lake is a dry community and ALL arriving passengers at airport and via winter road undergo a luggage check for alcohol and/or illegal substances
  • Michikan Lake Business Center (motel): 807-363-1068

Organization: Bearskin Lake First Nation - Band Office  
Phone Numbers: Main 807-363-2518
Crisis: Police Dispatch 1-888-310-1122
Fax: 807-363-1066
c/o Band Office
PO Box 25
Bearskin Lake, ON
P0V 1E0
Street Address:
Bearskin Lake First Nation  
Location: Community is located 400 km N of Sioux Lookout on W shores of Michikan Lake
Accessibility: Not Wheelchair Accessible    Not Wheelchair Accessible
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-5 pm
Executives: Rodney McKay - Chief
Billy Kamenawatamin - Deputy Chief
Public Contacts: Alexandra Beardy - Receptionist
Service Description: Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Bearskin Lake First Nation

Community is located 400 km N of Sioux Lookout on W shores of Michikan Lake

  • Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the First Nation
  • Offers 2 main stores (Northern and Co-op), a few small convenience stores, a 5-unit motel with restaurant (Michikan Lake Business Center), 2 garages, 3 churches and a local radio station
  • Operates a Canada Post postal service
  • Offers the Bearskin Lake Credit Union (Anishinabe Shooniyaawakamik), a branch of the Northern Lights Credit Union (NLCU)
  • Operates a small airport maintained and serviced by the Ministry of Transportation Ontario
  • 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)
    • Daycare Centre
    • Economic Development
    • Education Department
    • Education Department, Michikan Lake School
    • Fire Department
    • Health Clinic
    • Health Clinic, Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children (AHBHC)
    • Health Services, Addictions Resource Centre
    • Health Services, Family Well Being Program
    • Health Services, Home Care Program
    • Health Services, Medical Transportation Program
    • Health Services, Mental Health Program
    • Health Services, National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP)
    • Housing Program
    • Ontario Works
    • Ontario Works, Extended Health Benefits
    • Operations and Maintenance
    • Recreation Department

    Fees: None
    Application: Call for information
    Eligibility / Target Population: Members of Bearskin Lake First Nation
    Languages: English * Interpretive Services
    Language Notes: Oji-Cree, available upon request
    Area Served:
    Bearskin Lake First Nation  
    See Also: Advocacy and Social Action for Indigenous Peoples
    Emergency Planning and Preparedness
    Government Services - Information

    This information was last completely updated on January 17, 2018

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