Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation

Site: Band Office

Service: Governance

Add Record Add Record | Suggest Update | Print Version (New Window)
Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: Bimose Tribal Council (BTC) 
Political Territorial Organization: Grand Council Treaty #3 (GCT3) 
Treaty #3 
  • Consists of 1 main reserve, Wabigoon Lake 27 with an area of 20 sq miles 
  • Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation has applied to build a casino, conference centre and hotel in Dryden; updated and submitted application to OLG in fall of 2012 
  • Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation was the first community in the Treaty #3 region to hold an open and public "traditional powwow" in the 1970's
Description (Agency) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation
Agency Services
Description (Service) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the First Nation 
  • Provides the Wabigoon Lake Community Store/Gas Bar and Girly's Restaurant 
  • Coordinates community events, meetings and activities at Wabshki Penasi School Gymnasium 
  • Owns and operates a Wild Rice Processing Plant located on-reserve; the only one in Canada 
  • Owns a logging enterprise which builds forest access roads and supplies regional mills with logs 
  • Operates a tree nursery that supplies 6 million seedlings annually under contract to forestry companies 
  • Serviced by air through the Dryden Regional Airport located 34 km NW of community
Provides the following programs and services: 
  • Administration (Band Office) 
  • Abinooji Learning Centre 
  • Economic Development 
  • Health Services, Health Office 
  • Health Services, Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative 
  • Health Services, Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children 
  • Health Services, Brighter Futures 
  • Health Services, Building Healthy Communities 
  • Health Services, Community Wellness 
  • Health Services, National Native Alcohol & Drug Abuse Program 
  • Housing Program 
  • Ontario Works 
  • Ontario Works, Extended Health Benefits 
  • Operations and Maintenance 
  • Volunteer Fire Department 
  • Wabigoon Lake Education 
  • Wabigoon Lake Education, Wabshki-Penasi School
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4 pm
Areas Served Wabigoon Lake First Nation
Eligibility Members of Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation
Application Call for information
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibwe, available upon request
Fees None
Additional Services at this Site
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-938-6684
Crisis Phone Police Dispatch: 1-888-310-1188
Fax 807-938-1166
E-Mail Chief-Council@wlon.ca
Website www.wabigoonlakeon.ca
Primary Executive Esther Pitchenese, Chief
Alternate Executive Sharon Shabaquay, Band Administrator
Site Location Community is approx 19 km SE of Dryden, 2 km S off TransCanada Hwy 17, along both shores of Dinorwic Lake
Located In Community Wabigoon Lake First Nation
Address Band Office
70 Mainroad
Wabigoon, ON P0V 2J0
View Google Map
Mailing Address PO Box 300 
RR 1 Site 115 
Dryden, ON P8N 2Y4
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 West Local Health Integration Network (NWLHIN) ; Federal - Indigenous Services Canada (ISC); Health Canada -- First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB)
Elections Chief and 4 Band Council members elected every 2 years under the Indian Act Electoral system; next election Sep 2019