Deer Lake 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 #5 
  • Deer Lake is a dry community and ALL arriving passengers at airport and via winter road undergo a luggage check for alcohol and/or illegal substances 
  • Reserve is only accessible by air year-round at Deer Lake Airport and a seasonal winter road from Pickle Lake, via the Northern Ontario Resource Trail and through North Spirit Lake First Nation or the winter road N from Red Lake
Description (Agency) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Deer Lake 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 Northern Store, three private gas stations, J & D Trading and a few small privately-run businesses 
  • Operates a Canada Post postal service  
  • Operates a small airport maintained and serviced by the Ministry of Transportation Ontario and served by Wasaya Airways 
  • Provides air ambulance services as needed 
  • Offers the local Ennis Memorial TV & Radio Station used daily to share community news 
  • Co-owns a small run-of-the-river hydro generating station on the Severn River with Hydro One
Provides the following programs and services: 
  • Administration (Band office) 
  • Aboriginal Head Start Program 
  • Child and Family Services 
  • Deer Lake Education Authority 
  • Deer Lake Education Authority, Deer Lake School 
  • Economic Development 
  • Fire Department 
  • Health Services 
  • Health Services, Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative 
  • Health Services, Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children 
  • Health Services, Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program 
  • Health Services, Crisis Intervention 
  • Health Services, Family Well Being Program 
  • Health Services, Home and Community Care Program 
  • Health Services, Home Support Program 
  • Health Services, Maternal Child Health Program 
  • Health Services, Mental Health Program 
  • Health Services, National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program 
  • Health Services, Nursing Station 
  • Health Services, Nursing Station, Medical Transportation Program 
  • Health Services, Women and Child Community Nutrition Educator 
  • Ontario Works 
  • Ontario Works, Extended Health Benefits 
  • Public Works Department
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-5 pm
Areas Served Deer Lake First Nation
Eligibility Members of Deer Lake First Nation
Application Call for information
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Cree, Oji-Cree; available upon request
Fees None
Additional Services at this Site
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-775-2141
Fax 807-775-2220
Primary Contact Angie Meekis, Band Secretary; Email:
Alternate Contact Mickie Meekis, Deputy Chief
Primary Executive Roy Dale Meekis, Chief; Email:
Alternate Executive Lita Pemmican, Band Administrator; Email:
Site Location Community is 180 km N of Red Lake on NE shore of Deer Lake
Located In Community Deer Lake First Nation
Address Deer Lake, ON P0V 1N0
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Mailing Address c/o Deer Lake Band Office 
Box 39 
Deer Lake, ON P0V 1N0
Physical Access Partially Accessible - Parking -- No designated handicapped parking space; Entrance -- Accessible with side ramp but no automatic push button doors; Washroom -- Not accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Established Gained full Band status in 1985
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 6 Band Council members elected every 2 years under the Custom Electoral System; next election Jul 2019