Muskrat Dam First Nation

Site: Band Office

Service: Governance

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Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: Independent First Nations Alliance (IFNA) 
Political Territorial Organization: Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) 
Treaty #9 
  • Community is only accessible by air through the Muskrat Dam Airport and a seasonal winter/ice road N from Pickle Lake 
  • Muskrat Dam is a dry community and ALL arriving passengers at airport and via winter road undergo a luggage check for alcohol and/or illegal substances 
  • Muskrat Dam Hotel: 807-471-9920 or 807-471-2573
Description (Agency) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Muskrat Dam First Nation
Agency Services
Description (Service) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the First Nation 
  • Offers the Muskrat Dam Hotel, Louie's Store and several private businesses 
  • Offers a community radio station 
  • Serviced by Wasaya Airways flights through the Muskrat Dam Airport, located 3.7 km N of the community and maintained by the Ministry of Transportation Ontario 
  • Operates a small community sawmill 
  • 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
Offers the following programs and services: 
  • Administration (Band Office) 
  • Economic Development 
  • Education Department 
  • Education Department, Samson Beardy Memorial School 
  • Health Services, Nellie Fiddler Memorial Health Centre 
  • Health Services, Aboriginal Headstart (Maymaybizin) 
  • Health Services, Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children 
  • Health Services, Brighter Futures 
  • Health Services, Crisis Intervention 
  • Health Services, Diabetes Program 
  • Health Services, Family Well Being Program 
  • Health Services, Fetal Alcohol Effects/Fetal Alcohol Syndrome 
  • Health Services, Home and Community Care 
  • Health Services, Immunization Clinic 
  • Health Services, Mental Health 
  • Health Services, National Native Alcohol & Drug Abuse Program 
  • Health Services, Non-Insured Health Benefits 
  • Housing Department 
  • Muskrat Dam Youth Centre 
  • Ontario Works 
  • Ontario Works, Extended Health Benefits 
  • Public Works 
  • Recreation 
  • Reverend Tommy Beardy Memorial Treatment Centre
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-5 pm
Areas Served Muskrat Dam First Nation
Eligibility Members of Muskrat Dam 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 807-471-2573
Crisis Phone Ambulance: 1-877-351-2345 
Police Dispatch: 1-888-310-1122
Fax Main: 807-471-2699 
Finance: 807-471-2540
Social Media Facebook Facebook
Primary Contact Vietta Morris, Receptionist
Primary Executive Vernon Morris, Chief; Phone: 807-471-2573 ext 204; Email:
Alternate Executive Gwendola Duncan, Deputy Chief; Phone: 807-471-2573 ext 202; Email:
Site Location Community is approx 370 km N of Sioux Lookout, on NW shore of Muskrat Dam Lake on the Severn River
Located In Community Muskrat Dam First Nation
Address Muskrat Dam
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Mailing Address c/o Band Office 
PO Box 140 
Muskrat Dam, ON P0V 3B0
Physical Access Not Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Established Gained reserve status in 1976
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 System; next election Oct 2020