Nipissing First Nation

Site: Administration Office

Service: Governance

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Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: Waabnoong Bemjiwang Association of First Nations (WBAFN) 
Political Territorial Organization: Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) 
Robinson Huron Treaty 
Nipissing First Nation is comprised of 9 communities across the Nipissing land base; the 3 largest are Garden Village, Duchesnay and Yellek
Description (Agency) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Nipissing First Nation
Agency Services
Description (Service) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the First Nation 
  • Offers about 40 member-owned businesses including retail sales, restaurant services, 2 construction companies, a fish and meat market, coffee shop and gas bars 
  • Owns and operates Couchie Industrial Park which includes both member and non-member enterprises  
  • Operates an on-reserve fish hatchery 
  • Serviced by air through the North Bay municipal airport 
  • Ambulance services provided by Municipality of West Nipissing Ouest 
  • Offers residential garbage collection for all 9 Nipissing communities
Provides the following programs and services: 
  • Administration (Band Office) 
  • Culture Program  
  • Economic Development 
  • Education Department 
  • Education Department, Literacy and Basic Skills 
  • Education Department, Nbisiing Secondary School 
  • Employment and Training Services 
  • Fire Department 
  • First Nations and Inuit Career Promotion and Awareness Program 
  • First Nations and Inuit Summer Employment Opportunities Program 
  • Health Services 
  • Health Services, Aboriginal Healing and Wellness 
  • Health Services, Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children 
  • Health Services, Diabetes Program 
  • Health Services, Early Childhood Development Program 
  • Health Services, Home and Community Care Program 
  • Health Services, Maternal Child Health Program 
  • Health Services, Mental Health and Addictions (The Right Path Counseling & Prevention Services) 
  • Health Services, Non Insured Health Benefits 
  • Health Services, Nutrition 
  • Housing Department 
  • Public Library 
  • Public Works Department 
  • Recreation Department 
  • Social Services, Couchie Memorial Daycare Centre 
  • Social Services, Nipissing Ojibway Daycare Centre 
  • Social Services, Food Bank 
  • Social Services, Native Child Welfare Program  
  • Social Services, Ontario Works 
  • True Self Debwewendizwin Program
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4:30 pm
Areas Served Nipissing First Nation
Eligibility Members of Nipissing 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 705-753-2050
Crisis Phone 9-1-1
Fax 705-753-0207
Primary Contact Elaine Commanda, Receptionist; Email:
Alternate Contact Mike Sawyer, Executive Assistant; Phone: 705-753-2050 ext 1229; Email:
Primary Executive Scott McLeod, Chief; Email:
Alternate Executive Dwayne Nashkawa, Chief Executive Director; Phone: 705-753-2050 ext 1222; Email:
Site Location Community is approx 37 km W of North Bay off Hwy 17 at Dutrisac Rd, Sturgeon Falls
Located In Community Garden Village
Address Administrative Office
36 Semo Rd
Garden Village, ON P2B 3K2
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Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government
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 6 Band Council members elected every 3 years through the Custom Electoral System; next election Jul 2021