Attawapiskat 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 
  • Community only accessible by air through Attawapiskat Airport year-round or ice road during winter months 
  • Consists of two areas, Attawapiskat 91 and 91A (main reserve) with a combined land area of approx 273 sq km 
  • Attawapiskat 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 urban centre is Timmins, 500 km S of Attawapiskat 
  • More than a third of the members of the Attawapiskat First Nation who still live on their home reserve are under the age of 19; three-quarters of them are under the age of 35 
  • Employment provided for over 100 residents at the nearby (90 km W of community) De Beers Victor Diamond Miine
Description (Agency) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Attawapiskat 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 and Warehouse, and the M Koostachin & Sons retail store 
  • Provides a family-operated Kataquapit Inn and April's Coffee Shop 
  • Operates Canada Post postal services; mail is delivered 5 days per week 
  • Offers ambulance services through James Bay Ambulance Service located in community 
  • Offers a resource centre with computers for Internet access 
  • Provides worship services at St Ignatius Catholic Church and 2 Pentecostal churches 
  • Serviced by scheduled and charter flights by Wasaya Airways, Air Creebec and Thunder Airlines through the Attawapiskat Airport located adjacent to the community; maintained and serviced by the Ministry of Transportation Ontario 
  • Operates a community radio station and local television cable services 
  • Hosts an annual Traditional Pow Wow, usually in August 
  • 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) 
  • Attawapiskat Development Corporation 
  • Attawapiskat Power Corporation 
  • Child and Family Services  
  • Education Department  
  • Education Department, JR Nakogee Memorial School 
  • Education Department, Vezina Secondary School 
  • Fire Department  
  • Health Services 
  • Health Services, Diabetes Program 
  • Health Services, Family Well Being Program 
  • Health Services, James Bay General Hospital 
  • Health Services, National Native Alcohol & Drug Abuse Program 
  • Health Services, Neepeeshowan Midwives 
  • Housing Program  
  • Ontario Works 
  • Ontario Works, Extended Health Benefits  
  • Operations and Maintenance  
  • Recreation Department
Hours Band Office: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Attawapiskat First Nation
Eligibility Members of Attawapiskat First Nation
Application Call for information
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Cree, available upon request
Fees None
Additional Services at this Site
Contact Information
Office Phone 705-997-2375
Toll Free Phone 1-800-461-4138
Fax 705-997-2422
Social Media Facebook Facebook
Primary Contact Frances Koosees, Receptionist
Alternate Contact Marie Chookomoolin, Executive Assistant; Email:
Primary Executive Ignace Gull, Chief; Email:
Alternate Executive Louis Edwards, Deputy Chief
Site Location Community is located on W James Bay near mouth of Attawapiskat River, 160 km N of Moosonee
Located In Community Attawapiskat First Nation
Address Attawapiskat First Nation, ON P0L 1A0
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Mailing Address PO Box 248 
Attawapiskat, ON P0L 1A0
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 Services Canada (ISC); Health Canada -- First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB)
Elections Chief, Deputy Chief and 11 Band Council members elected every 3 years through the Custom Electoral System; next election Aug 2019