Fort Severn 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 #9 
  • Known as the most northern community in Ontario, Fort Severn is on the edge of the treeline and is only accessible year-round by air, during summer months by waters of Hudson Bay and during winter months by ice road (Wapusk Trail) from Peawanuck in the east and Gillam, Manitoba in the west 
  • Land area of community is approx 15 sq km 
  • Fort Severn is a dry community and ALL arriving passengers at airport and via winter road undergo a luggage check for alcohol and/or illegal substances 
  • Niska Inn Hotel: 807-478-2657; for reservations call 807-478-2572
Description (Agency) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Fort Severn 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 store (Northern) and several small private businesses including "Warchief Native Apparel" that sells a Native clothing line 
  • Provides the Niska Inn Hotel 
  • Provides a few churches of various denominations 
  • Operates a Canada Post postal service  
  • Operates a community radio station and a cable television service which includes a local channel to advertise current events and community news  
  • Offers a community Internet service and mobile phone (cellular) service 
  • Coordinates a Canoe Restoration Project, involving community youth to help restore historic canoes  
  • Serviced by daily flights with Wasaya Airways and charter air service; airport maintained and serviced by the Ministry of Transportation Ontario 
  • Hosts an annual 3-day fall caribou hunt for community members 
  • 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
Provides the following programs and services: 
  • Administration (Band Office) 
  • Child and Family Services (Tikinagan) 
  • E-Centre 
  • Economic Development 
  • Education Department 
  • Education Department, Wasaho Cree Nation School 
  • Health Services 
  • Health Services, Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children 
  • Health Services, Detox Program 
  • Health Services, Home and Community Care Program 
  • Health Services, National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program 
  • Health Services, Nursing Station 
  • Health Services, Referral Clerk 
  • Health Services, Youth Centre 
  • Housing Department 
  • Ontario Works 
  • Ontario Works, Extended Health Benefits 
  • Public Works
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-5 pm
Areas Served Fort Severn First Nation
Eligibility Members of Fort Severn First Nation
Application Call for information
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Cree, available upon request
Fees None
Additional Services at this Site
Contact Information
Office Phone Main 807-478-2515 
Toll Free Phone 1-877-478-1212
Fax 807-478-1103
Primary Contact Receptionist; Phone: 807-478-2515 ext 200
Alternate Contact Maybelline Cameron-Matthews, Band Manager Assistant; Phone: 807-478-2515 ext 215
Primary Executive Paul Burke, Chief; Phone: 807-478-2515 ext 202; Email:
Alternate Executive George Kakekaspan, Band and Project Manager; Phone: 807-478-2515 ext 209
Site Location Community is approx 720 km NE of Sioux Lookout, 9 km from mouth of Severn River on Hudson Bay
Located In Community Fort Severn First Nation
Address Fort Severn, ON
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Mailing Address PO Box 149 
Fort Severn, ON P0V 1W0
Physical Access Not Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government
Established Gained full reserve status in Jan 1980
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 3 years under the Custom Electoral System; next election Jun 2019