Beaverhouse First Nation is an old settlement on the banks of the Misema River system northeast of Kirkland Lake in Ontario.
Tribal Name: Beaverhouse First Nation
Address: 26 Station Road North, P.O. Box 1022,Kirkland Lake, ON P2N 3L1
Email: [email protected]
Traditional Name: The name of the community is derived from the Algonquin name of the river Maaseema Qweesh, where Qweesh refers to a ‘beaver’s nest or house.’
Aboriginal Status: Non-Status
Tribal Affiliation: Anishinabe, Danezaa
Governance: Wabun Tribal Council
Political Organizations: Nishnawbe-Aski Nation, Chiefs Of Ontario
Beaverhouse First Nation was not included as a community in the Treaty #9 document which was initially established in 1906, with adhesions in 1929 and 1930.
The community is located on a peninsula of land in a remote location on the river. There is no direct road access and Beaverhouse First Nation is only accessible by boat in the summer and snowmachine in the winter.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Chief Isaac Mathias worked with his niece, Elder MacPherson, who acted as the Chief’s spokesperson and interpreter, as well as others in the community to develop a relationship with regional First Nation organizations.
The First Nation became involved in getting recognition for the community and its members. They received some assistance and support from regional organizations such as Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) and the Chiefs Of Ontario (COO).
In 1990, the community became a member of the newly formed Wabun Tribal Council through the work of individuals such as Chief Isaac Mathias and Chief Roy Meaniss.
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