Fort Albany First Nation

Site: Band Office

Service: Governance

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Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: Mushkegowuk Council 
Political Territorial Organization: Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) 
Treaty #9 
  • Fort Albany First Nation (FAFN) is along the S bank of the Albany River about 15 km upstream from James Bay, and it consists of three areas: the mainland, Andersen Island, and Sinclair Island 
  • Reserve is independent but is part of Albany Reserve #67 which it shares with Kashechewan First Nation located 12 km inland 
  • Total land area for FAFN is approx 363 sq km 
  • Community only accessible by air through Fort Albany Airport year-round, by water via James Bay or Albany River during warmer months or ice road during winter months 
  • Fort Albany is a dry community and ALL arriving passengers at airport and via winter road undergo a luggage check for alcohol and/or illegal substances 
  • Nearest large urban centre is Timmins, 450 km S of Fort Albany
Description (Agency) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Fort Albany First Nation
Agency Services
Description (Service) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the First Nation 
  • Offers a Northern Store, a few small private stores, a coffee shop, a restaurant, 2 gas stations and a few private businesses 
  • Provides primary health care at the Fort Albany Wing of James Bay General Hospital 
  • Provides land ambulance services Mon-Sun 24-hour service 
  • Offers postal services through Fort Albany First Nation with mail distribution to mailboxes on mainland 
  • Offers residential garbage collection twice per week through a local private business 
  • Provides air services through small private airlines such as Wabusk Air and Air Creebec who also handles hospital patient transportation to larger centres when required 
  • Coordinates a bi-weekly Farmers Market year-round and community gardening during summer months  
  • Hosts an annual Great Moon Gathering 
  • 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 
  • Day Care Centre 
  • Economic Development 
  • Fire Department 
  • Fort Albany Power Corporation 
  • Housing Department 
  • Ontario Works 
  • Ontario Works, Extended Health Benefits 
  • Peetabeck Education Authority 
  • Peetabeck Education Authority, Peetabeck Academy 
  • Peetabeck Health Services 
  • Peetabeck Health Services, Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children 
  • Peetabeck Health Services, Family Well Being Program 
  • Peetabeck Health Services, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder 
  • Peetabeck Health Services, Home and Community Care Program 
  • Peetabeck Health Services, Medical Transportation Program 
  • Peetabeck Health Services, National Native Alcohol & Drug Abuse Program 
  • Public Works 
  • Recreation Department 
  • Women's Shelter
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-5 pm 
Garbage Collection: Tue, Thu
Areas Served Fort Albany First Nation
Eligibility Members of Fort Albany First Nation
Application Call for information
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Cree, Oji-Cree, Ojibway, French; available upon request
Fees None
Additional Services at this Site
Contact Information
Office Phone 705-278-1044
Crisis Phone Ambulance: 705-278-1111
Fax 705-278-1193
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Primary Contact Receptionist; Phone: 705-278-1044 ext 200; Email:
Primary Executive Leo Metatawabin, Chief; Phone: 705-278-1044 ext 209; Email:
Alternate Executive Elizabeth Kataquapit, Chief Executive Officer; Phone: 705-278-1044 ext 205 * 705-278-1003; Email:
Site Location Community is along S shore of Albany River and on Sinclair Island at mouth of Albany River on James Bay, 450 km N of Timmins
Located In Community Fort Albany First Nation
Address Fort Albany First Nation
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Mailing Address PO Box 1 
Fort Albany, ON P0L 1H0
Physical Access Not Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC); North East Local Health Integration Network (NELHIN) ; Federal - Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC); Health Canada -- First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB)
Elections Chief and 7 Band Council Members elected every 2 years under the Custom Electoral System; next election Aug 2020