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  • Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) was originally founded as Grand Council of Treaty 9 in Feb 1973; in Mar 1984 it had been reorganized and became known as NAN
  • NAN area covers 210,000 sq miles (two-thirds of Ont) with a population of approx 45,000 members and represents 49 First Nation communities (almost two-thirds live on First Nation reserves)
  • Communities are grouped by belonging to one of seven Tribal Councils: Windigo, Wabun, Shibogama, Mushkegowuk, Matawa, Keewaytinook Okimakanak and Independent First Nations Alliance; 6 communities are independent and don't belong to a Tribal Council
  • Deputy Grand Chiefs (DGC) are: Derek Fox, ph: 807-625-4924 or; Anna Betty Achneepineskum, ph: 807-625-4903 or; Jason Smallboy, ph: 705-360-5502 or

Organization: Nishnawbe Aski Nation - Thunder Bay  
Phone Numbers: 807-623-8228
Toll-Free: 1-800-465-9952
Fax: 807-623-7730
100 Back St, Unit 200
Thunder Bay, ON
P7J 1L2
Street Address:
Victoriaville Centre
710 Victoria Ave E, 3rd Fl
Thunder Bay
Intersection: Victoria Ave E and Archibald St
Location: Victoriaville Centre
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible    Wheelchair Accessible
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
Executives: Alvin Fiddler - Grand Chief
Wendy Caruk - Senior Administrative to the Grand Chief
807-625-4933 *
Service Description: Serves as a political organization representing 49 First Nation communities across the Treaty 9 & Treaty 5 areas of Northern Ontario

Located in Victoriaville Centre near Victoria Ave E

Serves as a political organization representing 49 First Nation communities across the Treaty 9 & Treaty 5 areas of Northern Ontario
  • Assists all member communities in their quest for inherent jurisdiction, sovereignty, nation-building and traditional governance
  • Advocates to improve quality of life for all members in areas of education, lands and resources, health, governance, and justice

Represents the communities in the following departments:
  • Administration
  • Centennial Commemoration
  • Communications and Media
  • Crisis and Suicide Prevention
  • Education
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Executive Council
  • Fiscal Relations
  • Governance Secretariat
  • Harvesting Unit
  • Health
  • Land Rights and Treaty
  • Lands and Resources
  • Residential School Project
  • Social Services
  • Treaty Discussion Forum
  • Treaty Education Process
  • Women's Council
  • Youth

Services and Programs:

Fees: None
Application: Varies by program/service, contact for more information
Eligibility / Target Population: Members of the 49 First Nation communities belonging to Nishnawbe-Aski Nation territory
Languages: English * Interpretive Services
Language Notes: Cree, Oji-Cree, Ojibway and Algonquin, available upon request
Area Served:
Cochrane, District of Thunder Bay, James and Hudson Bay Coast, Nipissing–Temiskaming, Northern  
See Also: Advocacy and Social Action for Indigenous Peoples
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This information was last completely updated on January 9, 2018

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