North Spirit Lake First Nation

Site: Band Office

Service: Governance

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Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: Keewaytinook Okimakanak/Northern Chiefs 
Political Territorial Organization: Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) 
Treaty #5 
  • Consists of 1 main reserve; only accessible by air year-round and a seasonal winter ice road heading N from Red Lake 
  • North Spirit Lake is a dry community and ALL arriving passengers at airport and via winter road undergo a luggage check for alcohol and/or illegal substances 
  • North Spirit Lake Post Office: 807-776-2554
Description (Agency) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the North Spirit Lake First Nation
Agency Services
Description (Service) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the First Nation 
  • Offers one main North Spirit Foods grocery store, a few smaller convenience stores and gas station 
  • Operates a Canada Post postal service  
  • Operates a small airport maintained and serviced by the Ministry of Transportation Ontario and served primarily by Wasaya Airways 
  • Hosts recreational, traditional, and social activities throughout the year including baseball tournaments, volleyball tournaments, annual and seasonal feasts, traditional teachings in arts and crafts and traditional practices along with other holiday celebrations 
  • Opened Cliffdweller Inn, a new hotel in Aug 2016 
  • Community has many artists who paint and make handicrafts
Provides the following programs and services:  
  • Administration (Band office)  
  • Child and Family Services 
  • E-Centre 
  • Economic Development 
  • Education Department  
  • Education Department, Victoria Linklater Memorial School  
  • Health Services  
  • Health Services, Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative  
  • Health Services, Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children 
  • Health Services, Family Well Being Program  
  • Health Services, Home and Community Care Program 
  • Health Services, Maternal Child Health Program 
  • Health Services, Medical Transportation  
  • Health Services, Mental Health Program  
  • Health Services, National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program 
  • Housing Department  
  • Ontario Works 
  • Ontario Works, Extended Health Benefits  
  • Public Works Department
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-5 pm
Areas Served North Spirit Lake First Nation
Eligibility Members of North Spirit Lake 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 807-776-0021
Fax 807-776-0026
Primary Contact Kelly Rae, Band Office Receptionist
Alternate Contact Roy Meekis, Operations Manager
Primary Executive Caroline Keesick, Chief; Email:
Alternate Executive Rita Thompson, Deputy Chief
Site Location Community is approx 170 km NE of Red Lake on SW shore of North Spirit Lake
Located In Community North Spirit Lake First Nation
Address North Spirit Lake, ON P0V 2G0
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Mailing Address c/o North Spirit Lake Band Office 
General Delivery 
North Spirit Lake, ON P0V 2G0
Physical Access Not Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Established Obtained reserve status Jun 1985
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 3 Band Council members elected every 2 years under the Custom Electoral Act; next election Mar 2020