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Chippewas of Saugeen

About Saugeen First Nation

The Saugeen First Nation can be found on the shores of the beautiful Lake Huron at the base of the Bruce Peninsula.  We are located 2 miles northeast of Southampton and approximately 18 miles west of Owen Sound on Highway 21.  Saugeen First Nation is conveniently located within 2 to 3 hours of major centers such as Toronto, Barrie, Kitchener, London and Sarnia.

The Ojibway heritage is rich in colour and expression.  This is evident in dance, works of art and the hand made craft creations.  The public is invited to sample the Saugeen Ojibway’s cultural heritage and experience their gracious hospitality.  A visit to the Saugeen Amphitheatre in July or August will allow an opportunity to experience firsthand the Ojibway culture by participating in workshops and other programs.  While visiting the community, the visit wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Little Barn Craft Shop, which carries an assortment of native crafts and art from throughout Ontario.

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Weenusk First Nation

Weenusk First Nation (Cree: ᐧᐄᓈᐢᑯ ᐃᓂᓂᐧᐊᐠ (Wīnāsko Ininiwak); unpointed: ᐧᐃᓇᐢᑯ ᐃᓂᓂᐧᐊᐠ) is a Cree First Nation in the Canadian province of Ontario. In September, 2007, its total registered population was 516. Weenusk First Nation was an independent member of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) but now have joined the Mushkegowuk Council, a regional tribal council, who is also a member of NAN.

Weenusk First Nation's reserve is the 5310 ha Winisk Indian Reserve 90. Associated with the reserve is their Winisk Indian Settlement also known as Peawanuck, which also holds reserve status. Originally, the Weenusk First Nation was located within their reserve, but they were forced to move 30 km southwest to Peawanuck when on May 16, 1986, spring floods swept away much of the original settlement, which had been located 6 km upriver from Hudson Bay.

In the Cree language, "Peawanuck" means "a place where flint is found," while "Weenusk" means "ground hog." The community, being primarily Swampy Cree, speaks the n-dialect of the Cree language. Being that the community is composed of Cree, Oji-cree, Ojibwa and Métis peoples, in addition to Cree, Anishininiimowin and Ojibwemowin are also spoken here.

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Chippewas of Nawash

The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation occupy Neyaashiinigmiing Indian Reserve No. 27 on the eastern shore of the Saugeen (Bruce) Peninsula on Georgian Bay. The nation is named "Nawash" after Chief Nawash, who fought beside Tecumseh in the war of 1812. The present land base is 63.81 Km2. The community is approximately 26 Km from Wiarton, 64 Km from Owen Sound or 250 Km from Toronto.

The purpose of this web site is to provide the Chippewas of Nawash with an effective means of communicating with Band membership and the general public, on a variety of issues. This site is also a portal to resources regarding the Saugeen Ojibway land claims, fisheries, and other joint resource management issues.

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Moose Deer Point

The first recorded alliance of the Chippewa, Mississauga and Pottawatomi First Nations occurred in 1690 with the formation of the Council of Three Fires Confederacy. Since that time, they have often worked together by pooling their resources for the use and benefit of all. Three hundred years later, in 1990, this cooperation was still evident in the formation of the Ogemawahj Tribal Council (OTC). It was created to provide superior professional and technical services to its member First Nations.

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Pride Unity Strength Vision

Beausoleil First Nation rests in the southern tip of Georgian Bay on Christian, Beckwith and Hope Islands. These magnificent islands are home to the Chippewa people. Much history can be found on the islands. More recently with the Forked Three-awned Grass. This species of grass is nicknamed "Ice Age Grass" found throughout Christian Island and is currently on the Species at Risk list.

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Wasauksing First Nation strives to provide equal opportunities for all members of the community to develop, enhance, and succeed in economic growth while promoting the continued social, traditional, and spiritual development of its First Nation.

The community is comprised of 1073 band members, with about 379 living on-reserve. Overall, the community has a land base of 7,874 hectares.

Wasauksing First Nation is a community with a vision of the future that involves the use of information and communication technologies in new and innovative ways to empower its residents, institutions and its community as a whole.

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Species at risk include native mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, plants and molluscs that have been assessed as being at risk of extinction at a national level. The majority of reports on these species make a clear link to specific human activities, which because of their intensity, extent, or persistence; have negatively
affected the habitat or condition of particular species. The distribution of species at risk, therefore, is a reasonable indicator of the distribution of a variety of threats.
Helping species at risk can be as simple as learning more about the identification, habitats, and habitats of our species at risk.
The Species at Risk Act (SARA)
SARA’s primary objective is to prevent endangered or threatened species from becoming extinct and to promote their recovery. It is also intended to protect species of special concern in order to prevent them from becoming further at risk. The Act provides a framework for protection and recovery actions across Canada,
and works in conjunction with other federal, provincial and territorial legislation to protect species at risk across Canada.

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The main community of Temagami First Nation is located on Bear Island in the heart of the Lake Temagami.  Temagami First Nation people have been thriving here for thousands of years. Temagami First Nation is situated on a one square mile Island in the pristine Temagami wilderness, Bear Island is home to over two hundred permanent residents out of a total membership of over five hundred.

Historical Background: The Temagami Indigenous people built homes on Bear Island in the 1880’s in addition to homes on their family lands.  Bear Island was purchased by the Department of Indian Affairs in 1943 for $3,000.00 from the Province of Ontario.

The Temagami Indian Band refused to accept Bear Island as a reserve until we were denied housing subsidy funds in 1968 unless we agreed that Bear Island became an official Reserve in accordance with the Indian Act of Canada.

Reserve status was granted in 1971 and the establishment of the Band Office occurred shortly in the former Department of Land and Forest building which was built in approximately 1903.

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