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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)  
Robinson-Huron Treaty 
  • Consists of 1 main community known as Whitefish River 4 with a land area of approx 56.7 sq km 
  • Chief Franklin Paibomsai is known to community members as Chief Shining Turtle
Description (Agency) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Whitefish River First Nation
Agency Services
Description (Service) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the community members  
  • Serviced by air through Manitoulin East Municipal Airport in Little Current 
  • Provides several stores operated by community members such as Wolfie's Confectionary, Mary's Take Out & Catering, D & D Trading Post and General's Store 
  • Offers private businesses such as snow plowing, masonry, woodworking, 2 marinas and a campground 
  • Owns Birch Island Construction Company Ltd which is overseen by an independent Board of Directors  
  • Operates the Band-owned Rainbow Lodge 
  • Participates in ownership of the Manitoulin Island Hotel & Conference Centre with five other First Nations and the Great Spirit Circle Trail (GSCT), a Manitoulin-based business that offers experiential tourism packages to people who want to experience First Nations culture 
  • Provides a Public Library 
  • Publishes an online monthly community newsletter called "Rezound" 
  • Hosts an annual Wawaskinaga Traditional Powwow in August at Sunshine Alley
Offers the following programs and services: 
  • Administration (Band Office) 
  • Economic Development 
  • Education Department 
  • Education Department, Maamewe Kendaasing Childcare Centre 
  • Education Department, Shawanosowe School 
  • Health Clinic 
  • Health Clinic, Child and Family Well Being Program 
  • Health Clinic, Home and Community Care Program 
  • Health Clinic, Medical Transportation Program 
  • Health Clinic, Mental Health and Addictions 
  • Health Clinic, National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program 
  • Housing Department 
  • Lands Office 
  • Maamwe Kendaasing Child Care Centre 
  • Membership Department 
  • Ontario Works 
  • Ontario Works, Extended Health Benefits 
  • Public Library 
  • Public Works Department 
  • Seven Fires Youth and Elders Centre 
  • Volunteer Fire Department
Hours Sep-Jun: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4:30 pm 
Jul-Aug: Mon-Fri 8 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4 pm
Areas Served Whitefish River First Nation
Eligibility Members of Whitefish River First Nation
Application No application process
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibway, available upon request
Fees None
Additional Services at this Site
Contact Information
Office Phone Main: 705-285-4335 
Toll Free Phone 1-800-265-4335
Crisis Phone 9-1-1
Fax 705-285-4532
Social Media Facebook Facebook
Primary Contact Danielle Pregent, Receptionist; Phone: 705-285-4335 ext 200; Email:
Primary Executive Franklin Paibomsai, Chief; Phone: 705-285-4335 ext 202; Email:
Alternate Executive Art Jacko, Band Manager; Phone: (Cell) 705-863-3027; Email:
Site Location Community is in village of Birch Island off Hwy 6 just N of Manitoulin Island, 20 kms N of LIttle Current and 68 km SW of Sudbury
Located In Community Whitefish River First Nation
Address 17A Rainbow Ridge Rd
Birch Island, ON P0P 1A0
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Intersection Rainbow Ridge Rd and Bay of Islands Rd
Mailing Address PO Box 188 
Birch Island, ON P0P 1A0
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 and six Band Council members elected every two years under the Indian Act electoral system; next election Feb 2019