Kingfisher Lake First Nation is a Cree and Ojibwe community in Ontario about 350 km Northeast of Sioux Lookout and 40 km West of Wunnumin Lake.
Official Name: Kingfisher Lake First Nation
Address: PO Box 57, Kingfisher Lake, Ontario P0V 1Z0
Phone: (807) 532-2067
Fax: (807) 532-2063
Official Website: https://www.kingfisherlake.ca/
Band No. 212
Aboriginal Status: Status Band
Tribal Affiliation: Cree, Ojibwe
Governance: Shibogama First Nation Council
Population: Approximately 411.
The first language of Kingfisher Lake is termed Oji-Cree, which is a mixture of cree and ojibway. Developments have been established to ensure that the native language is retained. More then half of the community are able to communicate in English fluently.
In 1808 the Hudson’s Bay Company established an outpost at Big Beaver House, which is located approximentely 12 kilometres southwest of the present Kingfisher Lake reserve. Big Beaver House was frequented by Kingfisher Lake people for trading fur, community activity and freight hauling employment.
During 1929 -1930 the leaders of Kingfisher Lake First Nation were required to gather at Big Trout Lake and participate in the siging of the adhesion to Treaty Number 9. As the result of this document, Kingfisher Lake was consider a part of Big Trout Lake Band.
In 1947 the Ontario Government enacted the trapline registration and fee program which eventually forced the Kingfisher Lake people to outline their ancestral hunting areas into trapping boundries and also to pay for the land use requirements.
In 1964 the leaders of Kingfisher Lake decide to establish permanent community and moved to the current location of the reserve lands. As Kingfisher Lake was already included in the Big Trout Lake Band and thus had reserve status, formality of gaining band status was achieved in 1975.
In 1984 Kingfisher Lake band along with several other neighbouring first nations agreed to form the Shibogama First Nation Council through a legal corporation.
There are no provincial roads connecting Kingfisher Lake to other communities. The predominant travel mode to this community is through air transportation, however, on a seasonal basis one can access this reserve using winter trails, winter road and waterways.
The local weather is generally affected by the air masses and weather systems that originate over the large land mass to the west, north, and south. Mean temperatures are -25c to -20c (winter) and 11c to 18c (summer).
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