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Nibinamik First Nation

Nibinamik (aka Summer Beaver) is a First Nation community in Northwestern Ontario composed of approximately 200 in-community members.  This remote community, located roughly 500km North of Thunder Bay, has no year round road access and is fly-in only in the summer months.  A winter road, just North of Pickle Lake, is maintained in the winter months and provides an opportunity to get vehicles, goods and construction materials, and diesel fuel to the community.

The First Nation is a member of the Matawa First Nations, a regional Chiefs council, and Nishnawbe Aski Nation, a Tribal Political Organization representing majority of First Nations in Northern Ontario.

Summer Beaver began as an intentional community in 1975 when a group of Anglican people, related by kinship, decided to leave Lansdowne House, a Catholic settlement. Violence had reached epic proportions in Lansdowne House in the 1970′s and the community was divided along religious lines. The Summer Beaver people felt that they could make a better life for themselves and their children back at Nibinamik Lake. Community members travelled to Nibinamik from Landsdowne House, where they started developing their own infrastructure, constructing log homes that exist as the predominant architecture to date (131 buildings to date).  Nibinamik was not recognized as a reserve, but has treaty status.

Nibinamik is nestled along the shoreline of the East end of Nibinamik Lake, which is a part of the Winisk River system that flows into James Bay.  The community is located on the western edge of the “Ring of Fire” regional mining deposits and is involved in negotiations with the province in how to proceed with startup of mines in the area.

A large majority of the buildings and residences are log constructed, poorly insulated, and heated via wood stove.  Electricity for all buildings is generated from an in community diesel generating power station.

The community has a water treatment plant, but many buildings either have no plumbing or have plumbing problems and do not have running water.  There are also concerns of contamination in the water supply.

Many community members still fish, hunt and trap to provide their families with food and to create crafts and clothing in which they can sell to help sustain themselves.

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

Community only accessible by air or winter/ice road branching off the Northern Ont Resource Trail heading N from Pickle Lake 
Originally part of Lansdowne House but in 1975 a group left community due to violence to set up own reserve on Nibinamik Lake  
Nibinamik is a dry community and ALL arriving passengers at airport and via winter road undergo a luggage check for alcohol and/or illegal substances 
People of Nibinamik are famous for their creative crafts through beadwork, wood carvings, and moccasins; the quality of slippers they produce is truly rare and their gifted craft is in high demand 
Tikinagan Child & Family Services office in Nibinamik: 807-593-9975 
Amik Lodge: 807-593-2227

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

Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children
Crisis Intervention
Daycare Program
Diabetes Program
Early Childhood Development
Economic Development
Extended Health Benefits
First Nation School
Health Services
Home and Community Care
Medical Transportation Program
Mental Health Program
National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program
Nibinamik Education Authority
Ontario Works
Public Works
Recreation Department
Volunteer Fire Department
Youth Program

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

Offers a few private businesses including Summer Beaver Gas Service, Timmins Wabasse Convenience Store, Anik's Store and Nibinamik Fur Trading Co 
Provides the Northern Store and a Canada Post postal station 
Offers a local taxi service and a laundromat 
Offers the Anglican Church of Canada with Sunday services conducted in the Native language  
Serviced with flights to/from Summer Beaver Airport, 4.6 km SW of the community; administered and operated by Ministry of Transportation

Provides the following programs and services: 

Administration (Band office) 
Economic Development 
Health Services, Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children (AHBHC) 
Health Services, Crisis Intervention 
Health Services, Daycare Program 
Health Services, Diabetes Program 
Health Services, Early Childhood Development 
Health Services, Home & Community Care 
Health Services, Medical Transportation 
Health Services, Mental Health Program 
Health Services, National Native Alcohol & Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP) 
Health Services, Nursing Station 
Health Services, Youth Program 
Nibinamik Education Authority 
Nibinamik Education Centre 
Ontario Works 
Public Works 
Recreation Department 
Volunteer Fire Department

Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-5 pm
Areas Served Nibinamik First Nation
Eligibility Members of Nibinamik First Nation
Application Call for information
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibway, Oji-Cree; available upon request
Fees None
Additional Services at this Site

Economic Development
Extended Health Benefits
Ontario Works
Public Works
Recreation Department
Volunteer Fire Department

Contact Information
Office Phone 807-593-2131
Fax 807-593-2270
E-Mail ***@***.***
Website www.nibinamik.ca
Primary Contact Mariah Wabasse, Band Secretary
Primary Executive Johnny Yellowhead, Chief; Email: ***@***.***
Alternate Executive Walter P Oskineegish, Band Manager; Phone: 807-593-2131 ext 201; Email: ***@***.***
Site Location Community is 385 km NE of Sioux Lookout, 500 km N of Thunder Bay along E shores of Nibinamik Lake on Winisk River system
Located In Community Nibinamik First Nation
Address Summer Beaver
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Mailing Address c/o Nibinamik Band Office 
General Delivery 
Summer Beaver, ON P0T 3B0
Physical Access Not Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Established 1975
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) -- 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, Deputy Chief and 3 Band Council members elected every 2 years under the Custom Electoral System; next election Nov 2017

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