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Long Lake #58 First Nation
PO Box 609, Longlac, ON P0T 2A0
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Long Lake #58 First Nation

Long Lake #58 First Nation is situated along Highway 11 along the northeast shore of Long Lake and adjacent to the town of Longlac, ON. Nestled between lakes and dense forests, Long Lake is a place of breathtaking beauty. Our heritage, culture and spirit are imprinted here in these natural settings. Since time immemorial, our people have hunted moose and bear in the vast forests, gathered wild berries and natural medicines in the wilderness, fished in the lakes and streams and travelled seasonally in the fast flowing rivers within our watershed.

According to our oral history past down through generations, our people have lived in this area since the beginning of time. The teachings of our Elders help us to understand how our ancestors lived and prospered off of the land’s rich resources.

We have been located on a one square mile tract of land since 1905. While we were located to this land and despite the fact that our First Nation lies within the geographic boundaries of the Robinson-Superior Treaty of 1850, our First Nation has never signed a treaty with the Crown.

Since located here in 1905 our First Nation has endured many changes in our land.  Expropriation in favour of the railway and highway has significantly decreased the size of our land and the development of hydro-electricity in our area led to flooding that eroded even more of our land. Today our First Nation survives on less than 500 acres of land of which less than 200 are useable for community purposes. But we have endured!

What is more important is the fact that Long Lake #58 First Nation members have been important contributors to the creation of Ginoogaming and Aroland First Nations. Our members are also recognized for their leadership on First Nation issues as well as on matters related to Aboriginal and Treaty Rights.

At the present time there are approximately 1400 members registered to Long Lake #58 First Nation with about 450 of them living on-reserve. Our off-reserve population resides in the area’s local municipalities as well as in the City of Thunder Bay and other parts of Ontario and Manitoba. 

While holding on to our history and traditional ways of life, Long Lake #58 First Nation is a model for others to follow with a growing youth population we have recognized the need to generate sustainable economic development opportunities and to participate in the regional economy. It is our responsibility today to create a better quality of life for those who follow and that has become the number one priority for our First Nation’s leaders.

We are a progressive and proud people, striving for self-sufficiency through education, economic development, social development and participation in the regional economy while managing our rightful lands and resources.

Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: Matawa First Nations 
Primary Tribal Organization: Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) 
Treaty #9 

Reserve is road accessible approximately 256 km N from Thunder Bay on Hwy 11  
Community members conduct most business affairs such as banking and grocery shopping in Longlac, a 5-minute drive from reserve 
Community is currently (Mar 2014) working on the completion of an addition to reserve process (Additions to Reserve, ATR) that will add about 4,366 acres of land to the east side of the community, which is currently about one-square mile in size

Description (Agency) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Long Lake 58 First Nation
Agency Services

Aboriginal Healing and Wellness
Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children
Child and Family Support Program
Economic Development
Education Department
Extended Health Benefits
Fire Department
First Nation High School
First Nation School
Health Centre
Housing Department
Immunization Clinic
Land Management
Medical Transportation Program
National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program
Ontario Works
Operations and Maintenance
Recreation Department

Description (Service) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the First Nation 

Offers several small private businesses, a General Store and Gas Bar, and a Subway franchise 
Provides a Canada Post postal station 
Offers a new Community Centre that also houses the Youth and Elder Centre 
Provides a Training Centre with a focus towards developing life skills and Adult Learning 
Hosts an annual Pow Wow in July on the new grounds 
Coordinates the Granny Francis Memorial Fish Derby in July with regional participation 
Hosts an Annual Christmas gathering for community members 
Participates in the Little NHL, one of Ontario's largest youth hockey tournaments 
Provides free Internet access at the local schools or Band Office

Provides the following programs and services: 

Administration (Band office)  
Economic Development  
Education Department  
Education Department, Migizi Wazisin Elementary School 
Education Department, Migizi Miigwanan Secondary School  
Fire Department  
Health Centre 
Health Centre, Aboriginal Healing and Wellness  
Health Centre, Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children  
Health Centre, Child & Family Support  
Health Centre, Immunization Clinic 
Health Centre, Medical Transportation  
Health Centre, National Native Alcohol & Drug Abuse Program  
Housing Department 
Land Management  
Ontario Works  
Operations and Maintenance 
Recreation

Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4:30 pm
Areas Served Long Lake 58 First Nation
Eligibility Members of Long Lake 58 First Nation
Application Call for information
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibway, available upon request
Fees None
Additional Services at this Site

Economic Development
Education Department
Extended Health Benefits
Fire Department
Housing Department
Land Management
Ontario Works
Operations and Maintenance
Recreation Department

Contact Information
Office Phone 807-876-2292
Fax 807-876-2757
Website www.longlake58fn.ca
Primary Contact Valerie Patabon, Band Secretary; Email: ***@***.***
Primary Executive Marguerite Veronica Waboose, Chief; Phone: 807-876-2292 ext 224; Email: ***@***.***
Alternate Executive Henry Waboose, Band Manager; Phone: 807-876-2292 ext 228; Email: ***@***.***
Site Location Community is 40 km E of Geraldton on Hwy 11, on N shore of Long Lake and 1 km W of Longlac
Located In Community Long Lake 58 First Nation
Address Long Lake 58 First Nation Band Office
209 Otter St
Longlac, ON P0T 2A0

Mailing Address PO Box 609 
Longlac, ON P0T 2A0
Physical Access Not Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Funding Regional / Municipal ; Provincial - North West Local Health Integration Network (NWLHIN) ; Federal - Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC); Health Canada -- First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB)
Elections Chief and 12 Band Council members elected every 2 years under the Indian Act Electoral system; next election Jan 2018

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Valerie Patabon, Band Secretary

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