Neskantaga First Nation

Site: Band Office

Service: Governance

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Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: Matawa First Nations Management 
Political Territorial Organization: Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) 
Treaty #9 
  • Community only accessible by air or winter/ice road branching off the Northern Ont Resource Trail heading N from Pickle Lake 
  • Neskantaga is a dry community and ALL arriving passengers at airport and via winter road undergo a luggage check for alcohol and/or illegal substances 
  • Tikinagan Child and Family Services office in Neskantaga: 807-479-1067
Description (Agency) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Neskantaga First Nation
Agency Services
Description (Service) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the First Nation 
  • Offers several private businesses which include the Neskantaga Northern store, Leo's Confectionary and Trappers Co-op Store 
  • Provides a Canada Post postal station and Community Centre 
  • Offers a local community radio station 
  • Serviced with flights to/from Lansdowne House Airport, administered and operated by Ministry of Transportation 
  • Participates in the Junior Canadian Rangers Program for youth (12-18 years) which teaches various skills including but not limited to first aid, using rifles safely, hunting and fishing, Native customs and traditions, healthy living, staying in school and drug and alcohol abuse awareness 
  • Opened the Neskantaga Training Centre in Aug 2014 with state-of-the art technology which offers a wide variety of curriculum including access to secondary and post-secondary institutions, safety training courses, and trades and technical certifications
Provides the following programs and services: 
  • Administration (Band Office) 
  • Child and Family Services  
  • Economic Development 
  • Family Well Being Program 
  • Neskantaga Education Centre 
  • Fire Department  
  • Health Services 
  • Health Services, Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative 
  • Health Services, Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children 
  • Health Services, Brighter Futures 
  • Health Services, Crisis Intervention  
  • Health Services, Home and Community Care 
  • Health Services, Immunization Clinic 
  • Health Services, Medical Transportation 
  • Health Services, Mental Health Program  
  • Health Services, National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program 
  • Housing Authority  
  • Ontario Works 
  • Ontario Works, Extended Health Benefits  
  • Public Works 
  • Youth Program
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-5 pm
Areas Served Neskantaga First Nation
Eligibility Members of Neskantaga 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 Administration 807-479-2570 
Chief and Council 807-479-2793
Fax 807-479-1138
Primary Contact Amy Moonias, Band Office Reception
Alternate Contact Maria Sakanee, Executive Secretary; Phone: 807-479-2793; Email:
Primary Executive Christopher Moonias, Chief; Phone: 807-479-2570 ext 24; Email:
Alternate Executive Lillian Moonias, Band Manager; Phone: 807-479-2570 ext 29
Site Location Community is 180 km NE of Pickle Lake, 560 km N of Thunder Bay, on S shore of Attawapiskat Lake
Located In Community Neskantaga First Nation
Address Lansdowne House, ON P0T 1Z0
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Mailing Address PO Box 105 
Lansdowne House, ON P0T 1Z0
Physical Access Not Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
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 and four Band Council members elected every 2 years under the Custom Electoral System; next election March 2021