Biigtigong Nishnaabeg

Site: Band Office

Service: Governance

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Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: Unaffiliated 
Political Territorial Organization: Anishinabek Nation, Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) 
Robinson-Superior Treaty 
  • Reserve is officially known as Pic River 50 and covers approx 1.2 sq miles (316.6 hectares) 
  • Community is directly bordering N edge of Pukaskwa National Park 
  • The new traditional name "Biigtigong" is interpreted in English as "place of the river that erodes"
Description (Agency) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the First Nation
Agency Services
Description (Service) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the First Nation 
  • Provides the Begetekong Community Centre for various activities and events 
  • Offers a Canada Post postal station 
  • Offers a local Internet and cable television network 
  • Publishes a monthly community newsletter, The Pic River Current 
  • Renown for developing "run of the river" hydroelectric projects in Northern Ontario; partners in 3 generating stations 
  • Operates a Band-owned forestry company
Provides the following programs and services:  
  • Administration (Pic River Band Office) 
  • Biidaaban Healing Lodge 
  • Children and Family Learning Centre  
  • Community Hall 
  • Economic Development  
  • Education Department  
  • Education Department, Pic River Elementary 
  • Education Department, Pic River High School 
  • Energy 
  • Family Support Program  
  • Fire Department  
  • Health Services, Health Centre 
  • Health Services, Diabetes Program 
  • Health Services, Family Support Program 
  • Health Services, Family Well Being Program 
  • Health Services, Healthy Food Bag Program 
  • Health Services, Home and Community Care 
  • Health Services, Medical Transportation 
  • Health Services, National Native Alcohol & Drug Abuse Program 
  • Health Services, Non Insured Health Benefits  
  • Housing Department 
  • Lands and Resources  
  • Ontario Works  
  • Ontario Works, Extended Health Benefits  
  • Public Library  
  • Public Works
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Biigtigong Nishnaabeg
Eligibility Members of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg (formerly known as Ojibways of the Pic River First Nation)
Application Call for information
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibwe, available upon request
Fees None
Additional Services at this Site
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-229-1749
Crisis Phone 9-1-1
Fax 807-229-1944
Primary Contact Kimberly McWatch, Executive Assistant and Communications Officer; Phone: 807-229-1749 ext 210; Email:
Primary Executive Duncan Malcolm Michano, Chief; Phone: 807-229-1749 ext 216; Email:
Alternate Executive Debi Bouchie, Director of Operations; Phone: 807-229-1749 ext 215; Email:
Site Location Reserve is on Hwy 627 at mouth of Pic River along N shore of Lake Superior approx 13 km SE of Marathon
Located In Community Biigtigong Nishnaabeg
Address 78 Pic River Rd
Heron Bay, ON P0T 1R0
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Mailing Address c/o Biigtigong Nishnaabeg Band Office 
PO Box 193 
Heron Bay, ON P0T 1R0
Physical Access Fully 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 11 Band Council members elected every 2 years under the Indian Act Electoral system; next election Sep 2019