Rainy River First Nation

Site: Band Office

Service: Governance

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Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: Pwi-di-goo-zing Ne-yaa-zhing Advisory Services 
Political Territorial Organization: Grand Council Treaty #3 (GCT3) 
Treaty #3 
  • Consists of 2 reserves, the main reserve Manitou Rapids 11 with a land area of 22.67 sq km and Long Sault 12 with a lnad area of 7.4 acres 
  • Rainy River First Nation is an amalgamation of seven historical Rainy River Saulteaux bands that were known as Hungry Hall 1 Band, Hungry Hall 2 Band, Little Forks Band, Long Sault 1 Band, Long Sault 2 Band, Manitou Rapids 1 Band and Manitou Rapids 2 Band
Description (Agency) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Rainy River First Nation
Agency Services
Description (Service) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the First Nation 
  • Conducts business affairs mostly in towns of Emo and Fort Frances 
  • Hosts an Annual Sobriety Traditional Pow Wow each spring and an Annual Fish Fry in August 
  • Publishes a monthly newsletter, The Rapids Review 
  • Offers two community centres, a baseball diamond, an outdoor ice rink and an arena 
  • Provides the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre which offers cross country skiing and snowshoe trails during the winter months
Provides the following programs and services: 
  • Administration (Band Office) 
  • Ambulance services (land only) 
  • Community Care Program 
  • Community Care Program, Family Support Services 
  • Education Program 
  • Fire Department 
  • Health Services 
  • Health Services, Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children 
  • Health Services, Community Wellness Program 
  • Health Services, Diabetes Program 
  • Health Services, Immunization Clinic 
  • Health Services, Medical Transportation Program 
  • Homemakers Program 
  • Housing Program 
  • Lands Department 
  • Membership Department 
  • National Native Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program (NNADAP) 
  • Ontario Works 
  • Ontario Works, Extended Health Benefits 
  • Operations and Maintenance 
  • Public Library 
  • Recreation Department 
  • Training and Employment Program
Hours Mon-Thu 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Fri 8:30 am-4 pm
Areas Served Rainy River First Nation
Eligibility Members of Rainy River First Nation
Application Call for information
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibway, available upon request
Fees None
Additional Services at this Site
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-482-2479
Crisis Phone OPP Dispatch: 1-888-310-1122
Fax 807-482-2603
E-Mail reception@rrfns.com
Website www.rainyriverfirstnations.com
Primary Contact Leann Callaghan, Receptionist; Phone: 807-482-2479 ext 221
Alternate Contact Kathy Bombay, Community Communications Officer; Phone: 807-482-2479 ext 222; Email: communications.rrfn@bellnet.ca
Primary Executive Robin McGinnis, Chief; Phone: 807-482-2479 ext 267; Email: robin.mcginnis@bellnet.ca
Alternate Executive Patrick Morrisseau, Interim Manager of Administration; Phone: 807-482-2479 ext 268; Email: bandmanager@rrfns.com
Site Location Community is approx 40 km W of Fort Frances and 5 km W of Emo along the shores of Rainy River adjacent to Hwy 11
Located In Community Rainy River First Nation
Address 6 Manitou Rapids Dr
Emo, ON P0W 1E0
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Mailing Address PO Box 450 
Emo, ON P0W 1E0
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 5 Band Council members elected every 2 years under the Indian Act Electoral System; next election Oct 2019