Wapekeka First Nation

Site: Band Office

Service: Governance

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Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: Shibogama First Nations Council 
Political Territorial Organization: Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) 
Treaty #9 
  • In Aug 1981 the Angling Lake Band officially changed name to Wapekeka First Nation 
  • Wapekeka is a dry community and ALL arriving passengers at airport and via winter road undergo a luggage check for alcohol and/or illegal substances 
  • The community is not accessible by road; regular air service provided by Bearskin Airlines and Wasaya Airways at least 3 times a day and accessible in winter through a seasonal ice road heading N from Pickle Lake 
  • Wapekeka Kapeshewekamic Lodging: 807-537-2797 
  • In Feb 2012 the NHLPA distributed 50 sets of new hockey equipment to children and youth in community; then held a 3-day hockey clinic led by NHL player and Right To Play staff
Description (Agency) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Wapakeka First Nation
Agency Services
Description (Service) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the First Nation 
  • Provides a few small private businesses, Wapekeka Community Store and the Bear's Den Hotel 
  • Offers a Youth Centre and a Senior's Complex 
  • Holds community events and meetings at the Wapekeka Memorial Hall including the annual Survivors of Suicide Conference 
  • Operates a Canada Post postal station on part-time basis; mail delivery by Wasaya Airways once per week 
  • Provides worship services through St Paul's Anglican Church, the Parish Hall (where most seniors attend), the Full Gospel Youth Ministry Church and Wapekeka Assembly Church  
  • Offers a local radio station and cable television 
  • Provides provincial court services in the community at the Band Office on an occasional basis 
  • Serviced by scheduled and charter flights through the gravel runway Angling Lake/Wapekeka Airport located 2.8 km W of community; maintained and serviced by the Ministry of Transportation Ontario
Provides the following programs and services: 
  • Administration (Band Office) 
  • Child & Family Services (Tikinagan) 
  • Economic Development 
  • Emergency First Response Team 
  • Health Services, Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children 
  • Health Services, Crisis Intervention 
  • Health Services, Family Well Being Program 
  • Health Services, Home and Community Care 
  • Health Services, Medical Transportation 
  • Health Services, National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program 
  • Health Services, Non-Insured Health Benefits 
  • Health Services, Nursing Station (Judas & Emily Winter Memorial Clinic) 
  • Housing Department 
  • Ontario Works 
  • Ontario Works, Extended Health Benefits 
  • Operations & Maintenance 
  • Wapekeka Education Authority 
  • Wapekeka Education Authority, Reverend Eleazar Winter Memorial School, currently operating in community buildings pending construction of new school
Hours Band Office: Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-5 pm
Areas Served Wapekeka First Nation
Eligibility Members of Wapekeka 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 807-537-2315
Crisis Phone Police Dispatch: 1-888-310-1122 
Health Canada Helpline: 1-855-242-3310
Fax 807-537-2336
E-Mail wfn@wapekeka.ca
Website www.wapekeka.ca
Primary Contact Joshua Frogg, Band Administrator and Media Liaison; Phone: (Cell) 807-738-2727; Email: joshuaf@wapekeka.ca
Primary Executive Brennan Sainnawap, Chief; Email: brennans@wapekeka.ca
Alternate Executive Ananias Winter, Deputy Chief; Email: ananiasw@wapekeka.ca
Site Location Community is along NE shores of Angling Lake, approx 450 km NE of Sioux Lookout, 26 km NE of Big Trout Lake
Located In Community Wapekeka First Nation
Address Wapekeka First Nation, ON P0V 1B0
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Mailing Address c/o Band Office 
PO Box 2 
Wapekeka, ON P0V 1B0
Physical Access Not Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Established Gained official Band status and 2 reserves in 1979
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 four Band Council members elected every two years under the Custom Electoral System; next election Sep 2019