Bearskin Lake First Nation

Site: Band Office

Service: Governance

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Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: Windigo First Nations 
Political Territorial Organization: Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) 
Treaty #9 
  • Reserve is only accessible by air year-round and a seasonal winter road from Windigo Lake north through Muskrat Dam 
  • Consists of 3 settlements all connected by gravel road; total land area is 126 sq km 
  • Bearskin Lake is a dry community and ALL arriving passengers at airport and via winter road undergo a luggage check for alcohol and/or illegal substances 
  • Michikan Lake Business Center (motel): 807-363-1068
Description (Agency) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Bearskin Lake First Nation
Agency Services
Description (Service)
  • Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the First Nation 
  • Offers 2 main stores (Northern and Co-op), a few small convenience stores, a 5-unit motel with restaurant (Michikan Lake Business Center), 2 garages, 3 churches and a local radio station 
  • Operates a Canada Post postal service 
  • Offers the Bearskin Lake Credit Union (Anishinabe Shooniyaawakamik), a branch of the Northern Lights Credit Union (NLCU) 
  • Operates a small airport maintained and serviced by the Ministry of Transportation Ontario 
  • 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) 
  • Daycare Centre 
  • Economic Development  
  • Education Department 
  • Education Department, Michikan Lake School  
  • Fire Department  
  • Health Clinic 
  • Health Clinic, Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children (AHBHC) 
  • Health Services, Addictions Resource Centre 
  • Health Services, Family Well Being Program 
  • Health Services, Home Care Program 
  • Health Services, Medical Transportation Program 
  • Health Services, Mental Health Program 
  • Health Services, National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP)  
  • Housing Program  
  • Ontario Works 
  • Ontario Works, Extended Health Benefits  
  • Operations and Maintenance 
  • Recreation Department
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-5 pm
Areas Served Bearskin Lake First Nation
Eligibility Members of Bearskin 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 Main 807-363-2518 
Crisis Phone Police Dispatch 1-888-310-1122
Fax 807-363-1066
Primary Contact Alexandra Beardy, Receptionist
Alternate Contact Ivan Kamenawatamin, Band Manager
Primary Executive Rodney McKay, Chief
Alternate Executive Billy Kamenawatamin, Deputy Chief
Site Location Community is located 400 km N of Sioux Lookout on W shores of Michikan Lake
Located In Community Bearskin Lake First Nation
Address Bearskin Lake First Nation
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Mailing Address c/o Band Office 
PO Box 25 
Bearskin Lake, ON P0V 1E0
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, Deputy Chief and 4 Band Council members elected under the Custom Electoral System every 3 years; next election for 3 Councillors Oct 2021, for Chief, Deputy Chief and 1 Councillor Mar 2020