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Tribal Council: Unaffiliated Political Territorial Organization: Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) Robinson-Superior Treaty
  • Namaygoosisagagun FN has applied for official Band Status and reserve lands; currently awaiting approval
  • Main community is Collins, just NW of Lake Nipigon and occupies the SW corner of Wabakimi Provincial Park
  • Community is not road accessible, only accessed by Via Rail through a 30-minute train ride, by float plane and snowmachine in winter
  • Namaygoosisagagun comes from a word meaning "Trout Lake" which is the Aboriginal name for Collins Lake
Sub-Office located on Fort William First Nation: Namaygoosisagagun First Nation, 684 City Rd Unit 16, Thunder Bay, Ont P7J 1K3

Organization: Namaygoosisagagun First Nation - Band Office  
Phone Numbers: Thunder Bay Band Office 807-626-1780
Collins Band Office 807-583-1845
Fax: Thunder Bay 807-626-8126 Collins 807-583-1848
c/o Namaygoosisagagun Band Office
684 City Rd, Unit 16
Fort William First Nation, ON
P7J 1K3
Street Address:
Band Office
Location: Community is 33 km W of Armstrong near Onamakawash Lake, on the N shore of Collins Lake, NW of Lake Nipigon
Accessibility: Not Wheelchair Accessible    Not Wheelchair Accessible
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
Executives: Helen Angela Paavola - Chief
807-626-1780 *
Joanne Shapwaykeesic - Councillor
Public Contacts: Kyle MacLaurin - General Manager and Consultation Coordinator
Service Description: Operates as a non-status Ojibwe First Nation

Main Band Office is located in the community of Collins, 33 km W of Armstrong; Sub-Office is located in Thunder Bay on City Rd on Fort William First Nation

Operates as a non-status Ojibwe First Nation
  • Consists of approx 40 members presently residing in community of Collins; other members scattered throughout NW Ontario with some families registered to First Nations in Treaty #3, Treaty #9 and Robinson-Superior Treaty
  • Provides a small elementary school up to Gr 7 for community students; older students attend schools in Thunder Bay
  • Seeking funding to construct a sawmill and a community business centre on lands that will be acquired from three separate current owners including Canadian National Railway (CNR)
  • Participates in fish netting surveys with Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre on Collins Lake to determine fish populations
  • Hosts an Annual Summer Festival in July for community members to gather for games, special events, and feasts

Fees: None
Application: Call for information
Eligibility / Target Population: Members of Namaygoosisagagun First Nation
Languages: English * Interpretive Services
Language Notes: Ojibway, available upon request
Area Served:
See Also: Advocacy and Social Action for Indigenous Peoples
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This information was last completely updated on April 9, 2018

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