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Description & Services
Public Comments
  • Grand Council Treaty #3 represents the 28 signatories to the document known as Treaty No 3 signed on Oct 3, 1873 (26 First Nations in NW Ontario and 2 First Nations in SE Manitoba) 
  • Buffalo Point, Lac Seul, Sagkeeng (Fort Alexander) and Saugeen are not actual members of Grand Council Treaty #3 but since the Grand Council is the treaty administrant, it works closely with these non-affiliated First Nations 
  • Treaty #3 area covers 55,000 sq miles with a population of approx 25,000 members (almost half live on First Nation reserves) 
  • Communities are grouped by belonging to one of 3 Tribal Councils: Anishinabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resource Council, Bimose Tribal Council, and Pwi-Di-Goo-Zing Ne-Yaa-Zhing Advisory Services 
  • Current Ogichidaa (Grand Chief) Francis Kavanaugh, is a Sturgeon Clan member from Naotkamegwanning First Nation and served as Grand Chief from 1997-99
Description (Agency) Serves as a political organization to protect, preserve and enhance Treaty and Aboriginal rights of First Nations across Treaty #3 territory
Agency Services
Description (Service) Serves as a political organization to protect, preserve and enhance Treaty and Aboriginal rights of First Nations across Treaty #3 territory 
  • Assists all member communities in their quest for inherent jurisdiction, sovereignty, nation-building and traditional governance 
  • Advocates to improve quality of life for all members in areas of education, lands and resources, health, governance, and justice
Represents the communities in the following departments:  
  • Child care 
  • Culture and citizenship 
  • Economic development 
  • Education 
  • Health 
  • Housing/infrastructure 
  • Internal and external relations 
  • Justice 
  • Natural resources 
  • Social services 
  • Territorial Planning 
  • Trapping 
  • Youth and recreation
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Anishinaabeg of Naongashing First Nation ; Buffalo Point First Nation ; Couchiching First Nation ; Dalles First Nation ; Grassy Narrows First Nation ; Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation ; Lac La Croix First Nation ; Lac Seul First Nation ; Migisi Sahgaigan First Nation ; Mishkosiminiziibiing First Nation ; Naicatchewenin First Nation ; Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation ; Northwest Angle 33 First Nation ; Northwest Angle 37 First Nation ; Ojibway Nation of Saugeen First Nation ; Onigaming First Nation ; Rainy River First Nation ; Sagkeeng First Nation ; Seine River First Nation ; Shoal Lake 39 First Nation ; Shoal Lake 40 First Nation ; Stanjikoming First Nation ; Wabauskang First Nation ; Wabigoon Lake First Nation ; Washagamis Bay First Nation ; Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation ; Whitedog First Nation ; Whitefish Bay First Nation
Boundaries West from Thunder Bay to North of Sioux Lookout, along the US international border to the province of Manitoba
Eligibility Members of First Nation communities in the Treaty #3 territory
Application Call for information
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Cree, Oji-Cree, Ojibway; available upon request
Fees None
Additional Services at this Site
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-548-4214
Toll Free Phone 1-800-665-3384
Fax 807-548-5041
Social Media Facebook Facebook, Twitter Twitter
Primary Executive Francis Kavanaugh, Grand Chief; Phone: 807-548-4214 ext 641; Email:
Alternate Executive Gary Allen, Executive Director, Administrative Services; Phone: 807-548-4214 ext 214; Email:
Located In Community Kenora District
Address Office of the Grand Chief
237 Airport Rd
Kenora, ON P9N 0A2
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Intersection Airport Rd and Johnson Rd
Mailing Address c/o Grand Council Treaty #3 
PO Box 1720 
Main Station 
Kenora, ON P9N 3X7
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (21) Other Regional Government ; (50) Non Profit
Funding Federal
Elections Grand Chief (Ogichidaa) placed into office through traditional selection process by the Anishinaabe Nation; Francis Kavanaugh installed into office in May 2016 during the National Spring Assembly for a 4-year term; next nomination May 2020