Temagami First Nation

Site: Band Office

Service: Governance

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Description & Services
Public Comments Not affiliated with a Tribal Council 
Political Territorial Organization: Independent 
Robinson Huron Treaty 
  • Lake Temagami has hundreds of islands; Bear Island is the second largest and directly N of Temagami Island, the largest 
  • Reserve is not road accessible; only by air, boat or ice road from town of Temagami across lake in winter months 
  • Closest large urban centre is North Bay
Description (Agency) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Temagami First Nation
Agency Services
Description (Service)
  • Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the First Nation 
  • Owns and operates an airboat which is used for transportation from the island to mainland during freeze-up, ice break-up and emergencies 
  • Offers 1 community store and a post office
Provides the following programs and services:  
  • Administration (Band Office) 
  • Bear Island Education Authority 
  • Bear Island Education Authority, Laura McKenzie Learning Centre (School) 
  • Bear Island Police Service 
  • Community Support Services 
  • Doreen Potts Health Centre 
  • Doreen Potts Health Centre, Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children 
  • Doreen Potts Health Centre, Diabetes Prevention 
  • Doreen Potts Health Centre, Drug and Alcohol Worker 
  • Doreen Potts Health Centre, Health Promotions and Safety Worker 
  • Doreen Potts Health Centre, Medical Transportation 
  • Doreen Potts Health Centre, Native Child Welfare Program 
  • Doreen Potts Health Centre, Non Insured Health Benefits 
  • Economic Development 
  • Family Healing and Wellness Centre 
  • Fire Department 
  • Housing Department 
  • Lands and Resources Department 
  • Ontario Works 
  • Public Library 
  • Public Works 
  • Tillie Missabie Family Centre
Temagami First Nation Shuttle Transportation 
  • Provides scheduled and on-call return shuttle transportation from Bear Island to Mine Landing on mainland from spring to fall 
  • Posts schedules and fares on website
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
Areas Served Temagami First Nation
Eligibility Members of Temagami 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 Band Office 705-237-8943 
Shuttle Transportation 705-237-8955 or 705-237-8284
Toll Free Phone 1-888-737-9884
Fax 705-237-8959
E-Mail tfn@temagamifirstnation.ca
Website www.temagamifirstnation.ca
Social Media Facebook Facebook
Primary Contact Megan Douglas, Administrative Assistant; Email: megan.douglas@temagamifirstnation.ca
Alternate Contact Virginia Paul, Executive Director; Email: virginia.paul@temagamifirstnation.ca
Primary Executive Arnold Paul, First Chief; Email: Chief@temagamifirstnation.ca
Alternate Executive John Turner, Second Chief; Email: 2ndchieftfn@temagamifirstnation.ca
Site Location Community is on Bear Island on Lake Temagami, 88 km N of North Bay off Hwy 11
Located In Community Bear Island
Address Bear Island, ON
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Mailing Address c/o Band Office 
General Delivery 
Bear Island, ON P0H 1C0
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, Second Chief and 6 Band Council members elected every 3 years under the Custom Electoral System; next election July 2020