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Tribal Council: Keewaytinook Okimakanak/Northern Chiefs Political 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

Organization: Fort Severn First Nation - Band Office  
Phone Numbers: Main 807-478-2515
Toll-Free: 1-877-478-1212
Fax: 807-478-1103
PO Box 149
Fort Severn, ON
P0V 1W0
Street Address:
Fort Severn  
Location: Community is approx 720 km NE of Sioux Lookout, 9 km from mouth of Severn River on Hudson Bay
Accessibility: Not Wheelchair Accessible    Not Wheelchair Accessible
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-5 pm
Executives: Paul Burke - Chief
807-478-2515 ext 202 *
George Kakekaspan - Band and Project Manager
807-478-2515 ext 209
Public Contacts: Rachel Bluecoat - Receptionist
807-478-2515 ext 200
Maybelline Cameron-Matthews - Band Manager Assistant
807-478-2515 ext 215
Service Description: Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Fort Severn First Nation

Band Office - Community is approx 720 km NE of Sioux Lookout, 9 km from mouth of Severn River on Hudson Bay

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

Fees: None
Application: Call for information
Eligibility / Target Population: Members of Fort Severn First Nation
Languages: English * Interpretive Services
Language Notes: Cree, available upon request
Area Served:
See Also: Affordable Housing
Child Abuse and Welfare
Financial Assistance
Government Services - Information

This information was last completely updated on November 26, 2018

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