Getting To Know The Community of Eagle Lake First Nation, NW Ontario

Getting To Know The Community of Eagle Lake First Nation, NW Ontario. Migisi Sahgaigan. (Reservoir)

Info Page On Eagle Lake NW Ontario compiled 5-20-18

Migisi Sahgaigan.    : The native name for Eagle Lake (It means “Reservoir”)

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Where the Eagle will continue to soar and develop with the Ojibways of Eagle Lake.

Eagle Lake’s greatest assets are its people.

We strive to promote and provide a healthy, diversifying and self-sustaining economy for our members.

Organizations in Eagle Lake

Eagle Lake Health Centre

Early Childhood Development Centre

Eagle Lake Bingo Hall

Migisi Sahgaigan School

Eagle Lake Arena Complex

Eagle Lake Youth Centre

Eagle Lake Elders Roundhouse

Eagle Lake Warehouse

Eagle Lake Community Hall

Eagle Lake Band Offices

Treaty #3 Police Service satellite station

Contact Info

(807) 755-5526 x222.     (807) 755-5696

P.O. Box 1001, Migisi Sahgaigan, Ontario, P0V 3H0

Eagle Lake First Nations:  Ancestors of the Eagle Lake First Nation people, called the Salteaux Ojibway people, first inhabited this region, located between Kenora and Dryden in Northwestern Ontario. The Salteaux Ojibway’s livelihood consisted of fishing, hunting, trapping, gathering, harvesting wild rice, and horticulture. Towards the end of the 18th century, they entered into the fur trade with the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Today, the Eagle Lake First Nation people’s economy is based primarily on trapping, forestry and manufacturing. The Service sector employs a large majority of workers, between government and other industries. Eagle Lake has also become recognized as a premier fishing locale, boasting muskies over 60 lbs. A distinct and truly awe-inspiring landscape of lakes and islands makes Eagle Lake a prime tourism hotspot. Located 150 miles from the border crossing at International Falls, MN, many US residents come to Eagle Lake for camping and fishing, helping to boost the area’s tourism. Eagle Lake has a community elementary school, while secondary students are bused to nearby Dryden. There are various recreational activities and facilities to benefit its many residents.

Eagle Lake First Nation is an Ojibwe First Nation in northwestern Ontario. It has a reserve named Eagle Lake 27.

About Eagle Lake: Eagle Lake First Nation is situated on the northeast shores of Eagle Lake and is located in the heart of the Canadian Shield in the boreal forests and lakes of Northwestern Ontario. The community is approximately 30 km southwest of Dryden and is accessible via Highways 502 and 594, and is a two-hour drive from the U.S. border. As of February 2013, Eagle Lake’s total population is 589 with 268 on-reserve and 321 off-reserve.

The people of Eagle Lake are governed by a Chief and three Council members, elected every two years under the Indian Act. Eagle Lake is part of the Grand Council Treaty #3 which was signed on October 3, 1873. Grand Council Treaty #3 covers 55,000 square miles.

Cultural activities are an important element of Eagle Lake society and in addition to the Pow-wows include Community Sweats, Sharing Circles, Arts & Crafts, Traditional Healing and Elders’ Activities. Other activities include: School and community feasts, Graduation ceremony, Family New Years Eve Dance, Winter Carnival during March break, Science Fair, Fish Derbies, Treaty Day, National Aboriginal Day, Earth Day, Hockey tournaments, Baseball tournaments and a Family Wellness Week held in July.

Eagle Lake is a very sports oriented community. The Arena is utilized by the surrounding area on a regular basis, such as Dryden Minor Hockey, Triple A Hockey Teams, Local Men and Women’s Hockey and figure skating. There is summer Hockey School in August and public skating throughout the winter. Eagle Lake has been a co-host and participant in the all Ontario High School championships.

The community also has two baseball diamonds, with bleachers, and hosts baseball tournaments from the entire surrounding area. Eagle Lake also joins Dryden for regular league baseball and the Eagle Lake diamonds are on that roster.

Community Arena

The community arena contains a rink, bleachers, change rooms, a concession stand and a community hall on the main floor. The Band Administrative offices are located on the second floor of the arena. An upgrade to the facility added 500 seat capacity to the existing facility. Renovations to the entrance, floors, washrooms, concession and smoking and non-smoking sections were completed in 2011 as per the previous Economic Strategic Plan 2006-2011.

Health Centre

A Heath Centre was constructed in 2000 and has a staff of 12 people, including a health director and a nurse. The health care staff also provide services in the areas of: child welfare; children’s and babies health; mental health; addictions counseling; home care; medical transportation; and, maintenance for single parents and the elderly. Traditional healers as well as a Chiropodist are contracted in on a regular basis.

Community School and Childhood Development Centre

A school was initially built in 1986, which serviced the community until 2002 when a new school was constructed. The old school was converted to a gymnasium and formed part of the new school. Cultural and traditional elements are very important in Eagle Lake First Nation and the Ojibway language is mandatory curriculum at the school.

Eagle Lake First Nation also has a newly established Early Childhood Development Centre, which opened in 2008. The centre is licensed to accommodate up to 16 pre-schoolers and 10 toddlers. The centre currently employs two teachers and one cook/janitor. During summer months, the centre runs a summer student program that is able to reach maximum capacity of the facility.

Ojibway Paradise Resort

A significant infrastructure asset in Eagle Lake First Nation is the Ojibway Paradise Resort. The Ojibway Paradise Resort is a Band-owned waterfront Lodge and Conference Centre, situated in the community but separate from the residential area. The Ojibway Paradise Resort has cabins and a main lodge. Eagle Lake is famous for its fishing and, at one time, the Ojibway Paradise Resort was a popular fishing destination for both local and international tourists.

The Ojibway Paradise Resort is currently shut down and Chief, Council and Community are working towards a solution to revitalize this community asset. The future planning for the Ojibway Paradise Resort in included in the Community Economic Development Plan.


Housing Program

Eagle Lake First Nation has a Housing Program that was implemented in 1996 between Eagle Lake First Nation and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) with the purpose to assist homeowners with repairs and lower the overall costs of maintaining a house. There is presently nighty-nine housing units located in Eagle Lake First Nation. The most recent housing units that were built were the fourteen Canadian Mortgage and Housing Canada (CMHC) houses, which were completed in 2008.

Policing Services

The community is serviced by the Treaty #3 Police and in 2006 a building was renovated to have the Treaty #3 local police office at Eagle Lake First Nation. The community has 911 emergency services in conjunction with the City of Dryden.


In terms of telecommunications infrastructure, approximately 30 percent of the community has internet access. Eagle Lake First Nation administration has a pending arrangement with DMTS/Tbaytel to increase the number of internet connections. The Ojibway Paradise Resort does not have telecommunications access without implementing major infrastructure upgrades, including building towers and lines.

Water, Waste and Electrical Services

In 2000, a state-of-the-art zenon microfiltration water treatment plant was constructed, along with a water tower. The community is serviced by three-phase electrical service with full sanitary collection and water service available to Band members.

Powwow Grounds

Eagle Lake First Nation has scenic Powwow grounds at the lakeshore complete with beach area, several electrical hook-ups and washrooms. The community holds regular traditional gatherings, including a youth Powwow that is held annually on the long weekend in May and takes place in the arena.

Eagle Lake First Nation is proud to host the largest traditional Powwow in the area, which is held on the long weekend in August. The event attracts First Nation and non-First Nation visitors from all parts of Canada and the United States with people coming from as far away as Texas and Arizona and several provinces in Canada. These visitors include traditional dancers, drummers and spectators.

Youth Centre and Eagle Lake Healthy House

In 2000, Eagle Lake First Nation also constructed a small Youth Centre and Northern Healthy House. The Eagle Lake Healthy House is an innovative solution to housing durability, costs, water quality and safety. At the same time, the Eagle Lake First Nation has improved its technical and management skills in providing housing to Band members.

Band Number: 148 Tribal Council: Bimose Tribal Council Primary Tribal Organization: 

Grand Council of Treaty 3 Treaty: 

Treaty 3

Eagle Lake census information


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