McDowell Lake First Nation

Site: Band Office

Service: Governance

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Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: Keewaytinook Okimakanak/Northern Chiefs 
Political Territorial Organization: Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) 
Treaty #9 
  • Accessible by float and ski-equipped aircarft only; no winter/ice roads but individuals can snowshoe or snowmobile into community off ice roads that connect Red Lake to North Spirit Lake 
  • Band Office is located at Keewaytinook Okimakanak headquarters in Red Lake 
  • Jul 27, 2015 - McDowell Lake Chief, Council and members celebrated official opening of the 10 kW solar system installed on the new Band Office under construction on McDowell Lake land; the system which includes a battery solution generates enough electricity to power a community fridge and freezer and lights and electrical outlets in the Band Office and is the first source of electricity in the new community 
  • McDowell Lake is known in the Oji-Cree language as Mishi Sakahikaniing (Big Lake)
Description (Agency) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the McDowell Lake First Nation
Agency Services
Description (Service) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the First Nation 
Provides the following programs and services: 
  • Administration (Band Office) 
  • Health Department 
  • Health Department, Brighter Futures 
  • Health Department, Family Well Being Program 
  • Health Department, Immunization Clinic 
  • Health Department, Mental Health 
  • Lands and Resources Program
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served McDowell Lake First Nation
Eligibility Members of McDowell Lake First Nation
Application Call for information
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Oji-Cree; available upon request
Fees None
Additional Services at this Site
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-735-1381 Ext 1308
Toll Free Phone 1-800-387-3740
Crisis Phone Police Services: 1-888-310-1122
Fax 807-727-9494 or 807-735-1383
Primary Executive Mary Lawson, Chief
Alternate Executive Lorna Kobelka, Band Administrator; Phone: (Cell) 807-727-7627; Email:
Site Location Community is approx 155 km NE of Red Lake on central W shore of McDowell Lake
Located In Community Red Lake
Address Band Office
146 Howey St, Unit 202
Red Lake, ON P0V 2M0
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Mailing Address c/o McDowell Lake Band Office 
PO Box 321 
Red Lake, ON P0V 2M0
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Established Gained official band status in 1985
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) -- North West Local Health Integration Network (NWLHIN) ; Federal - Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)
Elections Chief and 2 Band Council members elected into office under the Custom Electoral System; next election Mar 2023