Shoal Lake #40 Indian Tribe of Ontario

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Shoal Lake, Ontario

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Shoal Lake, Ontario

Shoal Lake 40 First Nation is an Ojibwa or Ontario Saulteaux First Nation located in the Eastman Region of Manitoba and the Kenora District of Ontario. Total registered population in February, 2008, was 537, of which the on-reserve population was 259. The first Nation is a member of the Bimose Tribal Council, a Regional Chief’s Council that is a member of the Grand Council of Treaty 3.

The First Nation’s Indian Bay, Manitoba 49°37′31″N 95°11′48″W community, known as Iskatewi-zaaga’iganiing in the Ojibwe language, is accessible via barge traffic from Iskatewizaagegan 39 First Nation’s dock, located in the community of Kejick, Ontario, and in winter by ice roads. However, due to sovereignty and economic reasons, the First Nation is in the process of building a road westward to connect with Manitoba’s road system, including the Trans-Canada Highway built in the area in 1965. In earlier years, the community obtained many necessary supplies and goods via the Greater Winnipeg Water District (GWWD) railway as they were shipped to the GWWD water intake site. This terminus site for the railway was also known as Waugh Station. The First Nation possess basic infrastructure, limited retail outlets, indoor and outdoor recreational facilities and provide local elementary schooling to Grade 8.


The First Nation have reserved for themselves four reserves:
2579 ha Shoal Lake 40, which serves as their main Reserve, containing the community of Indian Bay, Manitoba.
172.4 ha Shoal Lake 35B2 Indian Reserve
379 ha Agency 30 Indian Reserve, which is shared with 12 other First Nations.

Shoal Lake 40 First Nation elects their leadership through the Act Electoral System. Currently, the First Nation is goverened by Chief Kelvin Redsky and 4 Councillors: Leslie Fair, Catherine Green, Frances Greene and Billy Wahpay. Their current two-year term of offices began on March 4, 2008.

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