Flying Post First Nation reserve lands are located north-west of Timmins, Ontario along the Ground Hog River about an hour north of Malette Road just outside the city, but most of the First Nation members are located near Nipigon.
Tribal Name: Flying Post First Nation
Address: 33 First St., Box 1027,Nipigon, ON P0T 2J0
Phone: 807-887-3071, Toll Free 1-800-987-3708
Official Website: https://flyingpost.ca/
Band No. 227
Aboriginal Status: Status Band
Tribal Affiliation: Ojibway and Cree
Location: Reserve lands were first established between the government and First Nation people in Northern Ontario through the signing of the Treaty #9 document in 1905 and 1906 and later additional adhesions in 1929 and 1930.
In 1906, Flying Post lands were identified in a ‘Schedule Of Reserves’ in the Treaty #9 document and listed the First Nation lands as follows – ‘In the province of Ontario, commencing at a point half a mile south of Six-Mile Rapids, on the east side of Ground Hog River, thence south a distance of four miles, and of sufficient depth to give an area of twenty-three square miles.’
Reserve lands today are located north-west of Timmins, Ontario along the Ground Hog River about an hour north of Malette Road just outside the city.
Communities: Members are in the proces of establishing their community on their reserve lands west of Timmins.
Treaties: Treaty 9 (The James Bay Treaty) was signed July 16, 1906.
This First Nation is located between 50 and 350 Km from the nearest service centre to which it has year-round road access.
Chief Murray Ray explained that the original signing of the Treaty #9 document with his people included many discrepancies that came out of miscommunication.
In the summers of 1905 and 1906 during the signing Treaty #9, Chief Black Ice, the first recognized Chief of Flying Post First Nation, had been informed of the treaty making process while his people were living near the Groundhog River.
However, at the time, the Canadian government did not fully appreciate the nomadic lifestyle of the Ojibway and Cree people of northern Ontario. So, when the document was signed, lands were set aside according to where the people happened to be located at that moment.
Chief Black Ice and his people were then given a tract of land near Timmins as part of the treaty.
Soon after the signing, most of the people of Flying Post First Nation who had signed onto Treaty #9, discovered the treaty lands they were given were in a poor location. It was at this point that members of Flying Post FN, including Chief Black Ice, became members of other nearby First Nations.
Some members moved to different traditional areas and later became part of other First Nations in northern Ontario.
In the 1960s, Flying Post First Nation members began to organize themselves during the formation of First Nation political organizations such as Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN). During this period they re-established themselves as a First Nation entity and elected a Chief and Council to represent their people.
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