Fort William First Nation

Site: Band Office

Service: Economic Development

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Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: Nokiiwin Tribal Council (NTC)  
Political Territorial Organization: Union of Ontario Indians (UOI)  
Robinson-Superior Treaty
Description (Service) Responsible for stimulating local economy and developing economic initiatives and opportunities for the community 
  • Provides information, training and educational workshops to enhance employability skills 
  • Posts employment opportunities in office and on website 
  • Works to access funding for band-owned business ventures 
  • Provides coaching in areas such as business plan development and assistance in obtaining financial support for people wanting to start own business 
  • Hosts economic development strategic planning sessions 
  • Maintains local business directory 
  • Assists in the development of plans for the use of traditional lands for community members
Economic initiatives Fort William First Nation is involved with include: 
  • Community-owned and operated aggregate pit and crushing operation which employs approx 29 Band members 
  • Partners with Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund to host an Annual Mining and Economic Development Conference 
  • Pending construction of $1.5 million training school with classrooms, simulators and various pieces of heavy equipment 
  • Development of a 5-year community-driven Economic Development Plan (for time period of Apr 1/14 - Mar 31/19) 
  • Assistance with business plan development for a community-owned business called Ozhichiige Construction Company
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4 pm
Areas Served Fort William First Nation
Eligibility Members of Fort William First Nation
Application Call for information
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibway, available upon request
Fees None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-623-2021
Toll Free Phone 1-866-892-8687
Fax 807-623-5190
Social Media Facebook Facebook
Primary Contact Michael Pelletier Sr, Director of Economic Development; Phone: 807-623-2021 ext 601; Email:
Alternate Contact Edmond Collins, Economic Development Manager; Phone: 807-623-2021 ext 602; Email:
Site Location Fort William Reserve is located on W shore of Lake Superior, south of and adjacent to the city of Thunder Bay
Located In Community Fort William First Nation
Address 90 Anemki Dr, Suite 200
Fort William First Nation, ON P7J 1L3
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Mailing Address c/o Economic Development 
90 Anemki Dr, Suite 200 
Thunder Bay, ON P7J 1L3
Physical Access Partially Accessible - Entrance -- Not Accessible; Parking -- Accessible with designated parking spot; Washroom -- Not Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial ; Federal - Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)