Keewaytinook Okimakanak

Site: Balmertown - 8 Mine Rd

Service: Northern Chiefs Council

Add Record Add Record | Suggest Update | Print Version (New Window)
Description & Services
Public Comments
  • Keewaytinook Okimakanak means Northern Chiefs in Oji-Cree 
  • Keewaytinook Okimakanak serves a collective on-reserve population of 2,931 individuals (as of 2012) 
  • A member of the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN)
Head Office 
  • Fort Severn First Nation, Fort Severn, Ont P0V 1W0 
    Ph: 807-478-2572 Fax: 807-478-1136 Toll-free: 1-800-387-3740
Offices also located in: 
  • Dryden: 41 Duke St, Box 340, Dryden, Ont P8N 1C1 
  • Sioux Lookout: K-Net Services, PO Box 1439, 115 King St, Sioux Lookout, Ont P8T 1B9, Ph: 807-737-1135 Fax: 807-737-1720 Toll-free: 1-800-737-5638 
  • Thunder Bay: Keewaytinook Okimakanak Office, Ph: 807-346-4204, 216 Algoma St S, Thunder Bay Ont P7B 3C2 and 1046 Memorial Ave, Ph: 807-766-8442 (KO Secondary School Services & KO Research Institute)
Description (Agency) Serves as a non-political Chiefs Council which provides support services to six First Nation communities
Agency Services
Description (Service) Serves as a non-political Chiefs Council which provides advisory and support services to six First Nation communities 
  • Provides governance, political support and advocacy to Keewaytinook Okimakanak First Nations in their quest to build self-sufficient communities 
  • Promotes Aboriginal recognition and cultural awareness of the member First Nations 
  • Consists of Chiefs and representatives from each community  
  • Delivers programs and services through local community government  
  • Operates various First Nation owned for-profit corporations
Provides technical and professional advisory services and programs in the following areas: 
  • Financial Advisory Services 
  • Health Services 
  • Health Services, Crisis Intervention 
  • Keewaytinook Centre of Excellence 
  • Keewaytinook Internet High School 
  • Keewaytinook Okimakanak Secondary School Services 
  • KORI, Research Institute 
  • Telecommunications, Kuhkenah Network (K-Net) 
  • Public Works Unit 
  • Telemedicine
Hours Mon-Fri 8 am-4 pm
Areas Served Deer Lake First Nation ; Fort Severn First Nation ; Keewaywin First Nation ; McDowell Lake First Nation ; North Spirit Lake First Nation ; Poplar Hill First Nation
  • Must belong to one of the member First Nations within Keewaytinook Okimakanak Territory 
  • Some services are available to a broader membership as indicated in individual programs
Application Services are delivered to community members at the local level (Band Office)
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Oji-Cree, available upon request
Fees None
Additional Services at this Site
Contact Information
Office Phone Balmertown Office: 807-735-1381
Toll Free Phone 1-800-387-3740
Fax Office: 807-735-1383 
Public Works: 807-735-1385
Primary Executive Geordi Kakepetum, Chief Executive Director; Phone: 807-735-1381 ext 3305; Email:
Alternate Executive Alana Imbeault, Executive Secretary; Phone: 807-735-1381 ext 1292; Email:
Located In Community Balmertown
Address 8 Mine Rd
Balmertown, ON P0V 1C0
View Google Map
Mailing Address PO Box 340 
Balmertown, ON P0V 1C0
Physical Access Not Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (21) Other Regional Government ; (50) Non Profit
Established 1991
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) -- North West Local Health Integration Network (NWLHIN) ; Federal - Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)