M'Chigeeng First Nation

Site: Band Office

Service: Governance

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Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: United Chiefs & Councils of Mnidoo Mnising (UCCMM)  
Political Territorial Organization: Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) 
Manitoulin Island Treaty 
  • Consists of 1 main community known as M'Chigeeng 22 Indian Reserve with a land area of 31 sq km 
  • M'Chigeeng means ""village enclosed by stepped cliffs" in Ojibwe 
  • The community is the center for many other services including: Mnidoo Mnising Employment & Training, Kina Gbezhgomi Child & Family Services, Mnaamodzowin Health Services, Noojmowin Teg Health Centre, UCCM Tribal Police and Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute
Description (Agency) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the M'Chigeeng First Nation members
Agency Services
Description (Service) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the community members 
  • Provides the M'Chigeeng Community Complex which houses a gathering place, an arena and post office 
  • Runs a local radio station, CHYF-FM, which is wholly devoted to recovery and preservation of the Ojibwe language 
  • Hosts an annual M'Chigeeng Traditional Pow Wow on Labour Day weekend 
  • Holds an Annual Naming Ceremony for member's infants/children to receive their Anishnaabe Name and Colors 
  • Home to the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation which represents 60 First Nation communities in efforts to preserve Native heritage, customs and language 
  • Serviced by air through Gore Bay-Manitoulin Airport (37 km) and Manitoulin East Municipal Airport (57 km)
Offers the following programs and services: 
  • Administration (Band Office) 
  • Adult and Continuing Education Program (Literacy & Basic Skills) 
  • Anishnaabemowin Gamig Learning Centre 
  • Capital Projects and Public Works Department 
  • Child and Family Advocate 
  • Community Support Program 
  • Education Department 
  • Education Department, Lakeview Elementary School 
  • Employment and Community Development 
  • Family Resources Department 
  • Family Support Program 
  • Health Centre 
  • Health Centre, Community Wellness Program 
  • Health Centre, Diabetes Program 
  • Health Centre, dietitian Services 
  • Health Centre, Healthy Babies Healthy Children 
  • Health Centre, Medical Transportation Program 
  • Health Centre, M'nendamowin Health Services 
  • Health Centre, Walk-In Clinic 
  • Housing Department 
  • Lands and Membership Department 
  • M'Chigeeng Binoojiinh Gamgoonhs Daycare Centre 
  • Training & Employment Hub Centre 
  • Training & Employment Hub Centre, Addictions Services Initiative 
  • Training & Employment Hub Centre, Extended Health Benefits 
  • Training & Employment Hub Centre, Homemakers Program 
  • Training & Employment Hub Centre, Local Delivery Mechanism 
  • Training & Employment Hub Centre, M'Chigeeng Adult and Continuing Education Program 
  • Training & Employment Hub Centre, Ontario Works 
  • Training & Employment Hub Centre, Ontario Works Employment Supports 
  • Volunteer Fire Department 
  • Wellness Centre 
  • Wellness Centre, Home Care Program 
  • Youth Program
Hours Mon-Thu 8 am-4:30 pm, Fri 8 am-4 pm
Areas Served M'Chigeeng First Nation
Eligibility Members of M'Chigeeng First Nation
Application Call for information
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibway, available upon request
Fees None
Additional Services at this Site
Contact Information
Office Phone 705-377-5362
After Hours Phone Police Dispatch: 1-888-310-1122
Crisis Phone 9-1-1
Fax 705-377-4980
Website www.mchigeeng.ca
Primary Contact Winnifred Panamick, General Clerk; Phone: 705-377-5362 ext 200; Email: winniep@mchigeeng.ca
Alternate Contact Kayla Paul, Administrative Assistant; Phone: 705-377-5362 ext 209; Email: kaylap@mchigeeng.ca
Primary Executive Linda Debassige, Chief; Phone: 705-377-5362 ext 201; Email: chief@mchigeeng.ca
Alternate Executive Marlene Debassige, Office Administrator; Phone: 705-377-5362 ext 203; Email: marlened@mchigeeng.ca
Site Location Community is located in the centre of Manitoulin Island at the base of West Bay and at the intersection of Hwy 540 & 551
Located In Community M'Chigeeng First Nation
Address 53 Hwy 551
M'Chigeeng, ON P0P 1G0
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Mailing Address PO Box 333 
M'Chigeeng, ON P0P 1G0
Physical Access Fully 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 and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC); Health Canada -- First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB)
Elections Chief, Deputy Chief and nine Band Council members elected every two years under the Custom Electoral system; next election Sep 2019
Meetings Regular Council meetings Tue 6:30 pm in Council Chambers