Getting to know Round Lake (Weagamow) NW Ontario

Getting to know Round Lake NW Ontario.

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North Caribou Lake First Nation.  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

North Caribou Lake First Nation or Weagamow First Nation, sometimes also known as Round Lake First Nation, is an Oji-Cree First Nation located in Kenora District in northern Ontario, Canada. It is approximately 320 km or 202 air miles north of Sioux Lookout, Ontario. As of January 2008, the First Nation had a registered population of 928 people, of which their on-Reserve population was 677.

Though the First Nation’s official name registered with the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada is “North Caribou Lake First Nation,” the Nation is located on Weagamow Lake, thus also known as “Weagamow First Nation” or by the literal translation of the Oji-Cree word Wiyaagamaa—”Round Lake.”


The First Nation elect their officials through a Custom Electoral System, consisting of a Chief and seven councillors. The current Chief is Swanson Kenequanash, whose term began on March 03, 2014, the current elder councillor is Raymond Adams. The Nation’s council is headed by Innes Sakchekapo, with the other four councillors being Roy Sakchekapo, Grace Matawapit, Paul Johnup, Evelyn Hattie and Harry Sakchekapo.

As a signatory to the 1929 Adhesion to Treaty No. 9, North Caribou Lake First Nation is a member of the Windigo First Nations Council, a Regional Chiefs Council, and Nishnawbe Aski Nation, a Tribal Political Organization that represents majority of First Nation governments in northern Canada. Signatories for the Nation, July 18, 1930, were Apin Kakapeness, Jonas Wasakimik, Samuel Sawanis, John Quequeish, Patrick Kakekayash, and Senia Sakchekapow, all of whom signed in Syllabic.


The First Nation have reserved for themselves the 9172.3 ha Weagamow Lake Indian Reserve 87. The community of Weagamow Lake, Ontario, is located on this Indian Reserve.

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Round Lake (Weagamow Lake) Airport is a short 1.9 km/1.2 miles west of the community and is serviced by Wasaya Airways on a regular basis with flights to and from Sioux Lookout and Thunder Bay. There is also an air charter service operating out of Round Lake owned by the First Nation. Weagamow Air has been operating in Ontario since 1975 and offers year-round service in the region (Cat Lake, Muskrat Dam, Slate Falls First Nations, etc.) in aircraft equipped with floats (summer) and skis (winter).

First Nation office Phone: (807)-469-5191; Fax: (807)-469-1315.

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About the revival in 1957

By now (1957) the light of God’s grace was once again shining beams in a few communities across central Canada. A couple of missions were started. The remote community of Weagamow Lake (ON) had recently experienced a major spiritual awakening with the majority of the community accepting the life that Jesus offers. “Has Jesus given you life yet?” was the question they asked one another as they visited in their homes. The Good News spread. Native men emerged as leaders of their fellowships. Eventually a group of Native pastors birthed a larger fellowship of Native churches that were springing up across Canada — the Native Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (NEFC).

*Dan Woodard is InterMission Cooperative Outreach (IMCO) Administrator. To read Dan Woodard’s article in its entirety, visit Adapted from our Northern Lights magazine (Issue #501)

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